Quinten Hann

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Quinten Hann
Born (1977-06-04) 4 June 1977 (age 37)
Sport country  Australia
Nickname The Wizard of Oz[1]
Professional 1995–2006
Highest ranking 14 (2002–2004)
Career winnings GB£427,275
Highest break 143 (Grand Prix 1997)
Best ranking finish Semi-final: Irish Masters (2004)

Quinten Hann (born 4 June 1977) is an Australian former professional snooker player who now plays professional pool. He was the 1999 WEPF World Eight-ball Champion and 1994 world under 21 champion.[2] His highest break is 143.[3] He was given an eight-year ban from snooker in February 2006.[4]

Snooker career[edit]

Hann was ranked in the top 16 for two seasons (2002–2003 and 2003–2004), ranked at #14 for both seasons. He has reached the quarter-finals of several ranking tournaments and the semi-final of the 2004 Irish Masters[5]

He missed several ranking events after breaking his wrist and collar bone whilst motorcycle racing in 1999.[6] He also broke his foot in a parachute jump in 2000, and was forced to play shoeless in the UK Championship.

Renowned for his volatile temper, Hann incurred the wrath of several other players throughout the course of his career. The first notable instance of this occurred during the second round of the 2001 Grand Prix, where Hann repeatedly made offensive gestures towards both the spectators and his opponent, Anthony Hamilton. The latter showed no visible annoyance during the match itself, and went on to defeat Hann 5-3. In the post-match interview, however, the normally mild-mannered Hamilton was furious with his opponent, accusing him of bad sportsmanship and complaining not only about his behaviour towards the spectators but also his tactics. A number of times during the match Hann smashed the cue ball into the pack of reds at the beginning of each frame, spreading the reds over the table and consequently making breakbuilding difficult for both players, a tactic which was described by BBC commentator Clive Everton as bringing the sport into disrepute.[7]

At the 2004 World Championships, he was rebuked for making threatening comments to Andy Hicks[8] when he lost 10 – 4 to the unseeded outsider. After Hann had made offensive gestures and remarks throughout the match, Hicks commented at the end that the result would put Hann outside the top 16 (which it did). Following the acrimony over this defeat Hann challenged Hicks to a fight.[9] In the event fellow snooker player Mark King stood in for Hicks at a charity boxing match with Hann which the latter won.[10] Hann also fought Dublin GAA player, Johnny Magee, in a charity boxing match in Dublin in September 2004 after Hann suggested that Gaelic footballers were not as robust as Australia rules footballers; but he had his nose broken, with Magee winning in three rounds.[6][11][12]

In the 2005 World Championship Hann was forced to play with a new cue after his original cue was lost after the China Open earlier that year.[13] The original cue was eventually retrieved just before the World Championship but was found to be damaged and unusable. Having borrowed a friend's cue, he decided against practising, and instead went out drinking.[13] He played his first round match against Peter Ebdon hungover, and rather predictably lost the match by 10 frames to 2. When asked about the defeat to Ebdon, Hann said: "I intended to go out for a few beers but when the cue wasn't there I went out for a lot of beers. I had a hangover, and the migraine kicked in during the second session. By the end, I was in bits."[14]

Departure from snooker[edit]

Hann is known in snooker for his "bad boy" image, and in 2002 he was tried in the UK for allegedly raping a woman while both were intoxicated, but was acquitted.[15]

Hann was cleared of further sex attacks on two women in 2005. The women accused Hann of behaving like a "crazed animal" and said that they thought they were going to die. One of them claimed that he repeatedly struck her, an accusation that Hann strongly denied explaining that his mother had taught him to never raise a hand to a woman.[16] Ultimately the case turned on the credibility of his accuser, which was undermined when it was admitted she had lied consistently under oath throughout the trial.[16] The day after his acquittal The Sun alleged that Hann had agreed to lose his opening match against Ken Doherty at the China Open in return for large amounts of money.[17] The story was held back so it would not prejudice the outcome of Hann's trial. A hearing at the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association was convened after the WPBSA panel was shown transcripts of video and audio footage of the meetings which took place between Hann and the undercover Sun journalists in March and April 2005.

On 14 February 2006 he resigned from the WPBSA, just a couple of days before he was due to attend the hearing. Hann did not attend and was found guilty in absentia. The newspaper did not go through with any agreement, but by agreeing to lose the game Hann was in breach of rule 2.8, which states "a member shall not directly or indirectly solicit, attempt to solicit or accept any payment or any form of remuneration of benefit in exchange for influencing the outcome of any game of snooker or billiards." Hann was banned from snooker until 2014 and also fined £10,000.[4]

Life after snooker[edit]

In October 2014, it was reported that The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has started court proceedings at the Federal Court of Australia against Hann (now going under the name Quinten Hunter), general manager of broker Monarch FX (Monarch FX Group Pty Ltd). ASIC temporarily banned Monarch FX and Hann from offering financial services in until November 2014 when the hearing resumes.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hughes, Simon (27 June 2002). "Rape QC: Hann in dilemma". The Sun. Archived from the original on 21 December 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Chris Turner / Eurosport. "Eurosport: On this week: Fastest frame". Uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  3. ^ "WWW Snooker:Results of the 1997 Grand Prix". Snooker.org. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  4. ^ a b "BBC Sport: "Guilty Hann given eight-year ban"". BBC News. 2006-02-17. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  5. ^ "Results of the 2004 Irish Masters". Sportinglife. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  6. ^ a b "Hann's controversial career seems over". BreakingNews.ie. Thomas Crosbie Holdings. 14 February 2006. Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  7. ^ "BBC Sport: High, wide and Hann-some". BBC News. 2000-11-22. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  8. ^ Shea, Julian (2004-04-18). "BBC Sport: Bad-tempered Hann exits". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  9. ^ "BBC Sport: Hannbags at dawn". BBC News. 2004-04-22. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  10. ^ "BBC Sport: Hann triumphs in Pot Whack". BBC News. 2004-06-12. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  11. ^ Bunce, Jane (11 May 2005). "Hann lost for cash - report". theage.com.au (The Age Company). Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  12. ^ "Cricket Videos: Quinten Hann fight Johny Magee". Livecricket.com.bd. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  13. ^ a b Rawcliffe, Jonathan (2005-04-20). "BBC Sport: Crucible Diary - Day Five". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  14. ^ Harlow, Phil (21 April 2005). "Gifted Hann guilty of wasting talent". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  15. ^ "Snooker player cleared of rape". BBC News. 2002-07-02. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  16. ^ a b "Snooker ace cleared of sex attack". BBC News. 2005-05-09. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  17. ^ "BBC Sport: Hann to face 'match-fixing' probe". BBC News. 2005-05-18. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  18. ^ "Forex Magnates: "ASIC Banned Monarch FX and Quinten Hunter"". Forex Magnates. 2014-10-19. Retrieved 2014-12-04.