August 16, 1974 |
|Professional||1992–2008, 2011–2012, 2013–|
|Highest ranking||32 (03/04)|
|69 (as of 30 June 2014)|
|Highest break||145 (1994 Grand Prix qualifiers)|
|Best ranking finish||Quarter-finals (2003 Welsh Open, 2006 Malta Cup, 2014 Wuxi Classic)|
Robin Hull (born 16 August 1974 in Espoo, Finland) is a Finnish professional snooker player. For some time he was the sole Nordic player on the game's main tour. Hull was born and raised in Finland, to a Finnish mother and English father.
He qualified for the World Championship in 2002, knocking out Steve Davis in the final qualifying round. In the first round proper, he lost 6–10 to Graeme Dott. He has twice reached ranking event quarter-finals, the 2003 Welsh Open and the 2006 Malta Cup.
Hull is a solid break-builder and has compiled 115 competitive centuries during his career: as of 23 October 2011, this is the 3rd highest amount for a player who has never featured in the elite top 16, behind Andy Hicks (134) and Dominic Dale (117). However, he once missed the final black during a 147 attempt.
A potentially-fatal viral infection kept him out of much of the 2003/2004 season. He was forced to pull out of qualifying for the 2007 World Championship, due to an irregular heartbeat thought to be linked to his past illness. After a similar problem in 2008, he decided to retire from professional competition.
Hull returned to competition in 2011, taking part in the Q School tournaments as he attempted to qualify for the 2011/2012 main tour. He qualified for the main tour as one of the semi-finalists from the first Q School event. He only played in a handful of events during the season with his best run coming in qualifying for the UK Championship in November where he beat Lucky Vatnani and Yu Delu, before losing to Peter Lines 4–6. Hull did not enter another tournament after this and finished the season ranked world number 84, outside of the top 64 who retain their places for the 2012/2013 season and therefore did not retain his spot on the main tour. In the 2012/2013 season Hull entered qualifying for the World Championship as an amateur, where he lost in the first round of preliminary qualifying 2–5 to Paul Wykes, despite making a 137 break during the match.
Hull regained his main tour place for the 2013/2014 season by winning the EBSA European Snooker Championships in Zielona Góra, Poland, beating Welshman Gareth Allen 7–2 in the final, finishing the match with two consecutive centuries. He qualified for the 2013 International Championship by beating Liu Chuang 6–2, although he had to withdraw from the venue stages in China, and came close to beating the reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan in the last 64 of the minor-ranking Kay Suzanne Memorial Cup, losing 4–3 after leading 3–1. However, Hull failed to win any other match at the rest of the tournaments, and due to financial reasons skipped most of the second part of the season until the World Championship, where he delivered his best performances in years. He scored an impressive 10–3 win against Tony Drago in the first round, followed by a 10–6 defeat of Tian Pengfei, and a 10–4 win from 3–0 behind against Ian Burns in round three, to set up a final round match against Peter Ebdon, which Hull won 10–8 to reach the Crucible for the second time in his career. Hull played O'Sullivan in the last 32 and lost 10–4, despite making a century in one of the frames.
- IBSF World Under-21 Championship – 1992
- EBSA European Championship – 1997, 2013
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