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Alan McManus at the 2014 German Masters
|Born||21 January 1971|
|Highest ranking||6 (4 years)|
|28 (as of 26 September 2016)|
|Highest break||143 (1994 World Snooker Championship)|
Alan McManus (born 21 January 1971) is a Scottish professional snooker player. A mainstay of the world's top 16 during the 1990s and 2000s, McManus has won two ranking events, the 1994 Dubai Classic and the 1996 Thailand Open, and was a world semi-finalist in 1992, 1993 and 2016. He also won the 1994 Masters, ending Stephen Hendry's five-year, 23-match unbeaten streak at the tournament with a 9–8 victory in the final.
McManus has long been considered a consistently good player as his record of fourteen consecutive seasons in the Top 16 shows, but never managed to achieve the success of his contemporaries such as Stephen Hendry, Ken Doherty, Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins. He was ranked in the Top 16 from 1990 to 2006, dropping out after an unsuccessful 2005/2006 season. His highest ranking was sixth (in 1993/94 and 1996/97). He has reached twenty-one professional semi-finals, but won only four events. He has reached the semi-finals of the World Championship three times, but has never appeared in a final. Until 2005 he had gone eleven years without reaching the quarter-finals of the tournament, despite consistent achievements in other events.
The highlight of his career to date has been claiming the Masters title at Wembley in 1994, defeating Stephen Hendry 9–8 in the final and thus ending Hendry's unbeaten run in the tournament, which dated back to 1989.
A series of poor results in the 2005–2006 season saw him drop out of the top 16 for the first time since 1991. He reached the semi-finals of the 2006 Snooker Grand Prix, losing to Neil Robertson. He lost a World Championship qualifier 10–9 to journeyman Joe Delaney in 2007. This loss began an extremely quiet six-to-seven-year period for the Scot, who then failed to qualify for any UK or World Championships between 2007 and 2013, and also struggled to qualify for the other ranking events (during the period between the 2006 Grand Prix and the 2013 Welsh Open, McManus failed to qualify for the main stages of 42 ranking events). This saw him quickly drop out of the top 16, then out of the top 32. His poor form reached a trough in the 2009/2010 season, where he failed to qualify for any of the main stages of the tournaments he took part in.
McManus made a good start to the 2012/2013 season, beating Tony Drago and Robert Milkins to qualify for the final stages of the Australian Goldfields Open in Bendigo; there he beat local wildcard James Mifsud 5–0, before exiting the tournament by the same scoreline against Ding Junhui.
At the 2013 Welsh Open McManus reached his first quarter-final since the 2006 Grand Prix with a 4–2 win over the number 16 seed Barry Hawkins, followed by a superb comeback to beat Joe Perry 4–3, after having trailed 0–3. He was beaten in the quarter-final 5–3 by compatriot Stephen Maguire. The following tournament, the Haikou World Open saw McManus win three matches in qualifying to reach the latter stages of the tournament; he then beat local wildcard Lin Shuai 5–3, before facing compatriot John Higgins. McManus put in a good performance; he ultimately lost 3–5, but picked up valuable ranking points in the process.
McManus made a good start to the Players Tour Championship, reaching the quarter-finals of the first event, losing to Andrew Higginson by 4 frames to 3. He carried this good form to the PTC event 2, once again reaching the quarter-finals before losing 1–4 to eventual runner-up Stephen Maguire. However he only managed four last-32 results from the rest of the events. This led to him being ranked 31st in the Order of Merit, just missing out on the top 28 players that qualified for the finals
At the 2013 World Snooker Championship McManus, in qualifying, beat one of India's rising stars Aditya Mehta 10–9, in an epic encounter that lasted just over 9 hours. He then defeated 1995 World finalist Nigel Bond 10–8 in the penultimate qualifying round. In the final qualifying round he led Tom Ford 5–4 after the first session; he then reeled off five of the next six frames to book his place at the Crucible Theatre for the first time since 2006. In the first round he lost to Ding Junhui 5–10, picking up £12,000 for his efforts.
McManus's resilience in snooker matchplay is shown by the fact that his first whitewash of his professional career came in his 0–5 defeat by Peter Ebdon at the 1998 Grand Prix, his 312th match as a professional player.
At the start of the 2013/2014 season McManus was ranked 49th in the World Rankings. At the 2013 Wuxi Classic qualifiers he won his match against Darryl Hill 5–3 to qualify for the last 64 of the event held in Wuxi. At the venue he defeated Ken Doherty 5–3 before losing to Dave Gilbert 2–5. At the first Asian Tour event, he bested players such as Michael White before beating local favorite Ding Junhui 4–2 in the last 16. He then defeated Yu Delu 4–1 in the quarter-finals; in the semi-final he lost to eventual winner Joe Perry 2–4, despite having been 2–1 up.
McManus qualified for the inaugural Indian Open, beating amateur Sydney Wilson 4–1 in qualifying. He was then beaten 1–4 in the last 64 by Zhang Anda. McManus followed up this result by qualifying for the International Championship in beating Darren Cook 6–0. He then defeated local wildcard Zhou Yuelong 6–5, coming back from 2–4 down. In the last 64 he produced the shock of the tournament by beating defending champion Judd Trump 6–5, having been 3–4 down. However he was defeated 4–6 by Ryan Day in the following round. At the UK Championship, McManus defeated Joel Walker 6–5, winning the match on a respotted black, before losing to Michael Holt 4–6 in the last 64. McManus reached the last 16 of the German Masters, defeating Jak Jones 5–1 in qualifying. At the Tempodrom he defeated Peter Ebdon and Jack Lisowski, both by 5–2 scorelines, before being himself beaten 5–2 by Michael Holt.
McManus continued his good form into the final European Tour event of the season, where he reached the last 16 by defeating players such as Neil Robertson and Graeme Dott before losing to Fergal O'Brien. Despite also reaching the last 16 of the final Asian Tour Event of the season, McManus narrowly missed out on qualification for the Players Championship Grand Final by one place. McManus lost to Mark King in the second round of the Welsh Open and failed to qualify for the China Open, but was to finish the season strongly. He reached the quarter-final of the World Open, losing to Mark Selby. He then enjoyed a run to the quarter-final of the 2014 World Snooker Championship beating John Higgins 10–7 and then Ken Doherty 13–8 to set up another quarter-final with Mark Selby. McManus performed well early on, but Selby ran away with the match in the second session to leave McManus trailing 4–12. McManus was able to claw back the first frame of the final session but Selby won the next frame to clinch the match 13–5.
McManus continued his good form into the 2014/2015 season by reaching the last 16 of the first ranking event of the season, the 2014 Wuxi Classic, where he was beaten 5–2 by Barry Hawkins. He then reached the last 16 of the Australian Goldfields Open, before losing 5–3 to Judd Trump. McManus reached the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters by beating Jamie Jones to qualify, before defeating Ronnie O'Sullivan 5–3 and Stephen Maguire 5–1 but then lost to the eventual winner of the tournament Stuart Bingham 5–1. McManus was able to keep up his 100% record in qualifying matches for the season by comfortably defeating Michael Georgiou to qualify for the International Championship, but was edged out by Anthony McGill in the last 64 of the tournament. McManus lost in the first round of the UK Championship to Joel Walker. He won his first qualifier for the 2015 German Masters against Zak Surety but was then defeated in the final qualifying round by Matthew Selt. McManus had a good run in the Welsh Open, reaching the last 16 before losing to Maguire. He performed well in the season's European Tour Events, finishing 18th on the Order of Merit. He played in four of the six events, reaching one quarter-final with a further three last 16 appearances. This gave him entry into the Grand Final where he was defeated 4–1 by Bingham in the first round. McManus won all three of his World Championship qualifying matches, defeating Michael Wasley, Andrew Pagett and Mitchell Mann to reach the main draw at the Crucible. However, an inconsistent performance against Ali Carter saw McManus bow out 5–10 in the last 32.
McManus started strongly in the 2015/2016 season, reaching the quarter-finals of the first event, the Riga Open, with wins over Stephen Maguire, Judd Trump and others before losing to the eventual champion Barry Hawkins 2–4. As McManus did not enter the Australian Goldfields Open, his first ranking event of the season came at the Shanghai Masters. He defeated Rory McLeod 5–4 to qualify for the tournament, and then defeated wildcard Yao Pengcheng 5–2, before losing 1–5 to Ding Junhui. After an early exit in the Paul Hunter Classic, McManus reached the quarter-finals of the Ruhr Open, losing 3–4 to Tian Pengfei. It was during his first-round match in this tournament that he and his opponent Barry Pinches broke the record for the longest official frame of snooker. The frame lasted for 100 minutes and 24 seconds, with Pinches eventually winning the frame, although McManus would go on to win the match.
McManus qualified for the 2016 World Championship with comfortable victories over Michael Wasley, David Morris and Jimmy Robertson. In the first round at the Crucible he defeated his fellow-countryman Stephen Maguire 10–7, before overcoming Ali Carter 13–11 in round two. His quarter-final saw him come from 11–9 down against John Higgins to take the final four frames and win 13–11, setting up a first semi-final appearance at the World Championships since 1993. In that semi-final he lost to Ding Junhui 17–11. His end of season ranking of 20 is the highest he has been in a decade.
Performance and rankings timeline
|Ranking[nb 1]||UR[nb 2]||41||13||6||6||6||6||10||8||8||8||12||15||10||10||12||19||38||37||41||46||51||52||49||29||23||20|
|Riga Masters[nb 3]||Tournament Not Held||MR||LQ|
|Indian Open||Tournament Not Held||1R||1R||NH||A|
|World Open[nb 4]||1R||SF||SF||3R||3R||SF||1R||4R||3R||4R||3R||3R||F||2R||2R||1R||SF||LQ||LQ||LQ||2R||LQ||1R||QF||Not Held||3R|
|Paul Hunter Classic[nb 5]||Tournament Not Held||Pro-am Event||Minor-Ranking Event||3R|
|Shanghai Masters||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||QF||1R||LQ|
|European Open[nb 6]||LQ||1R||1R||QF||2R||1R||QF||Tournament Not Held||2R||1R||1R||QF||2R||LQ||NR||Tournament Not Held||LQ|
|English Open||Tournament Not Held|
|International Championship||Tournament Not Held||LQ||2R||1R||LQ|
|Irish Open||Tournament Not Held||F||Tournament Not Held|
|Scottish Open[nb 7]||Not Held||QF||SF||QF||1R||QF||2R||QF||4R||QF||2R||QF||3R||Tournament Not Held||MR||Not Held|
|German Masters[nb 8]||Tournament Not Held||SF||LQ||LQ||NR||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||3R||LQ||1R|
|World Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||NR||DNQ|
|Gibraltar Open||Tournament Not Held||MR|
|Players Championship[nb 9]||Tournament Not Held||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||1R||1R|
|China Open[nb 10]||Tournament Not Held||NR||SF||LQ||QF||1R||Not Held||SF||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||1R|
|Ranking & variant format tournaments|
|Snooker Shoot-Out[nb 11]||NR||Tournament Not Held||Variant Format Event|
|World Seniors Championship||NH||A||Tournament Not Held||A||VF||A||A||LQ||A|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Classic||3R||QF||Tournament Not Held|
|Strachan Open[nb 12]||NH||1R||MR||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Dubai Classic[nb 13]||1R||LQ||SF||SF||W||2R||SF||Tournament Not Held|
|Malta Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||2R||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Thailand Masters[nb 14]||LQ||F||3R||SF||2R||W||1R||QF||F||LQ||1R||2R||NR||Not Held||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|British Open||1R||1R||2R||QF||2R||3R||QF||3R||2R||QF||SF||QF||QF||2R||2R||Tournament Not Held|
|Irish Masters||Non-Ranking Event||1R||1R||2R||NH||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Northern Ireland Trophy||Tournament Not Held||NR||1R||1R||3R||Tournament Not Held|
|Bahrain Championship||Tournament Not Held||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Wuxi Classic[nb 15]||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||LQ||2R||3R||Not Held|
|Australian Goldfields Open[nb 16]||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking||Tournament Not Held||LQ||1R||LQ||2R||A||NH|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|Snooker Shoot-Out[nb 11]||SF||Tournament Not Held||Variant Format Event||RV|
|World Matchplay||A||A||SF||Tournament Not Held|
|German Masters[nb 8]||Tournament Not Held||Ranking Event||QF||Tournament Not Held||Ranking Event|
|Champions Cup[nb 17]||Tournament Not Held||SF||1R||SF||A||QF||A||A||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Scottish Masters||A||1R||1R||F||1R||1R||F||F||1R||1R||QF||LQ||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Northern Ireland Trophy||Tournament Not Held||SF||Ranking Event||Tournament Not Held|
|Irish Masters||A||A||F||F||1R||1R||1R||A||1R||QF||QF||A||Ranking Event||NH||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Premier League[nb 18]||A||A||F||SF||RR||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||VF||A||Tournament Not Held|
|World Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||1R||Ranking|
|Former variant format tournaments|
|Snooker Shoot-Out[nb 11]||NR||Tournament Not Held||2R||1R||2R||3R||1R||1R||RV|
|Performance Table Legend|
|LQ||lost in the qualifying draw||#R||lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
|QF||lost in the quarter-finals|
|SF||lost in the semi–finals||F||lost in the final||W||won the tournament|
|DNQ||did not qualify for the tournament||A||did not participate in the tournament||WD||withdrew from the tournament|
|DQ||disqualified from the tournament|
|NH / Not Held||event was not held.|
|NR / Non-Ranking Event||event is/was no longer a ranking event.|
|R / Ranking Event||event is/was a ranking event.|
|RV / Ranking & Variant Format Event||means an event is/was a ranking & variant format event.|
|MR / Minor-Ranking Event||means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.|
|PA / Pro-am Event||means an event is/was a pro-am event.|
|VF / Variant Format Event||means an event is/was a variant format event.|
- From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
- The event was called the Grand Prix (1990/1991–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010), the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
- The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2005/2006–2006/2007)
- The event was called the Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
- The event was called the International Open (1992/1993–1996/1997) and the Players Championship (2003/2004)
- The event was called the German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
- The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013) and the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014–2015/2016)
- The event was called the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
- The event was called the Shoot-Out (1990/1991)
- The event was called the Strachan Challenge (1992/1993–1993/1994)
- The event was called the Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and the Asian Classic (1996/1997)
- The event was called the Asian Open (1990/1991–1992/1993) and the Thailand Open (1993/1994–1996/97)
- The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
- The event was called the Australian Open (1994/1995) and the Australian Masters (1995/1996)
- The event was called the Charity Challenge (1994/1995–1998/1999)
- The event was called the Matchroom League (1990/1991–1991/1992) and the European League (1992/1993–1996/1997)
Ranking event finals: 8 (2 titles, 6 runners-up)
|World Championship (0–0)|
|UK Championship (0–0)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||1992||Asian Open||Davis, SteveSteve Davis||3–9|
|Runner-up||2.||1993||Welsh Open||Doherty, KenKen Doherty||7–9|
|Runner-up||3.||1994||Welsh Open (2)||Davis, SteveSteve Davis||6–9|
|Winner||1.||1994||Dubai Classic||Ebdon, PeterPeter Ebdon||9–6|
|Winner||2.||1996||Thailand Open||Doherty, KenKen Doherty||9–8|
|Runner-up||4.||1998||Irish Open||Williams, MarkMark Williams||4–9|
|Runner-up||5.||1999||Thailand Masters||Williams, MarkMark Williams||7–9|
|Runner-up||6.||2002||LG Cup||Small, ChrisChris Small||5–9|
Minor-ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||1992||Benson & Hedges Championship||Small, ChrisChris Small||1–9|
Non-ranking finals: 9 (2 titles, 7 runners-up)
|Premier League (0–1)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||1990||Benson & Hedges Satellite Championship||Wattana, JamesJames Wattana||9–5|
|Runner-up||1.||1993||Premier League Snooker||White, JimmyJimmy White||7–10|
|Runner-up||2.||1993||Irish Masters||Davis, SteveSteve Davis||5–9|
|Runner-up||3.||1993||Scottish Masters||Doherty, KenKen Doherty||9–10|
|Winner||2.||1994||The Masters||Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry||9–8|
|Runner-up||4.||1994||Irish Masters||Davis, SteveSteve Davis||5–9|
|Runner-up||5.||1996||Scottish Masters||Ebdon, PeterPeter Ebdon||6–9|
|Runner-up||6.||1997||Scottish Masters||Bond, NigelNigel Bond||8–9|
|Runner-up||7.||2009||Pro Challenge Series - Event 1||Maguire, StephenStephen Maguire||2-5|
Team finals 3 (2 titles, 1 runners-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||core|
(with team Scotland)
(with team Scotland)
(with team Scotland)
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