Andy Hicks

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Andy Hicks
Born (1973-08-10) 10 August 1973 (age 43)
Tavistock, Devon
Sport country  England
Nickname The Cream of Devon, The Toast of Tavistock
Professional 1991–2013
Highest ranking 17 (1995/1996)
Career winnings GB£680,958[1]
Highest break 147[2]
Century breaks 148[3]
Best ranking finish Semi-finals (six times)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking 1

Andy Hicks (born 10 August 1973 in Tavistock, Devon, England)[4] is an English former professional snooker player who now competes as an amateur.

Nicknamed "The Cream of Devon",[4] Hicks reached the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship in 1995, and the same stage at four other ranking tournaments. He was ranked within the world's top 32 players between 1995 and 2000, and again from 2005 to 2007, but was relegated from the main tour in 2013.

Career[edit]

Although a professional since 1991, Hicks first came to prominence in the 1995 World Championship, in which he reached the semi-finals, beating Steve Davis, Willie Thorne and Peter Ebdon along the way, but being blocked from the finals by Nigel Bond, 11–16.[4] He has never reached a major final, but reached the semi-finals of the four BBC-screened events within 2 seasons – the 1994 Grand Prix, the 1995 UK Championship and the 1996 Masters (as a wild card).[5]

He spent most of the second half of the 1990s close to the Top-16 elite section in the world rankings, peaking at no. 17 in the 1995/1996 season, and winning the 1997 Masters qualifier.[4] He struggled in the early part of the 2000s, however, winning only two of eighty-three matches in 2003.

Later, he was only one frame loss away from being bumped out of the Top 64, rallying to defeat Craig Butler 10–9 in a close 2003 World Championship qualifier.[4] He ended up ranked no. 62 for the 2003/2004 season. At this point, he had only qualified for the world championship once in six years, a 10–4 defeat to eventual winner Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2001.[6] However, he returned to form after this. He reached the second round of the 2004 World Championship, beating Quinten Hann in a match memorable for a near-fight between the two players at the end, started by Hann in the middle of the match, when he said to Hicks: 'I've enjoyed the last three times I've breathed on you'. At the end of the match, Hicks retorted that Hann was about to drop out of the Top 16 as a result of the loss.[7] Hicks later admitted his delight at this. This marked the only time Hicks had won a match at the Crucible since 1995. He next gave Ronnie O'Sullivan a challenge in the second round, before ultimately losing, 13–11.

In 2004/2005, Hicks made it to the quarter-finals of the British Open with a first-round victory over Ken Doherty. Doherty said after the match, " I feel like I've just eaten a wasp and washed it down with hairspray".

Returning to the Top 32, in the following season he reached the last 32 in four of the six tournaments he entered, and retained his Top 32 status (marginally, at no. 31). He played in the 2006 World Championship, and lost to Steve Davis, 4–10, in the first round.[4] In a World Snooker interview, Hicks said of his comeback, "It’s amazing how things can change, because a couple of years ago I was washing my car with a sweaty sock and a tin of meatballs . I’m playing great snooker, and it's nice to be involved in the later stages of tournaments. I’m proving to myself that I can breathe on kidneys like the top players." [4]

Although slipping only a single position in the rankings (from no. 30 to no. 31) for 2006/2007, the year was not truly successful for him, and neither was 2006/2007, resulting in a drop down to the no. 41 position for 2007/2008 world rankings. After failing to qualify for the Welsh Open and China Open, he contemplated retiring if he could not retain a top-64 ranking.

He has compiled 100 competitive centuries during his career,[8] and has scored a maximum break at the UK Championship qualifiers in 2012. Despite winning only one key event, Hicks has career winnings of GB£562,560 (up to the start of the 2006/2007 season).[4]

Personal life[edit]

He currently lives in Launceston, Cornwall[4] and is the staff pro at Bell's Court Snooker Club in Falmouth.[9] His wife Rachel was working there when they met; they married in 2005, and had their first child in 2006.[4] He also plays golf, in a local society named after him.[4]

Tournament wins[edit]

Non ranking wins (1)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://cuetracker.net/Players/Andy-Hicks/Career-Total-Statistics
  2. ^ "Handy Andy Makes UK Maximum". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 29 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Centuries". Pro Snooker Blog. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Player Profile — Andy Hicks". World Snooker. London, England: World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  5. ^ "Andy Hicks Profile on Sporting Life (2006)". Sporting Life. 2006. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  6. ^ Worley, Gavin (2001-04-23). "O'Sullivan rallies to open commanding lead". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  7. ^ Shea, Julian (2004-04-18). "Bad-tempered Hann exits". BBC. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  8. ^ "Chris Turner's Snooker Archive – Top Century Makers". 2008. Archived from the original on 23 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  9. ^ Official Homepage of Bell's Court Snooker Club Archived October 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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