Andy Hicks

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Andy Hicks
Andy Hicks PHC 2016-1.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2016
Born (1973-08-10) 10 August 1973 (age 45)
Tavistock, Devon, England
Sport country England
NicknameThe Cream of Devon, The Toast of Tavistock, The Devonshire Dumpling
Professional1991–2013, 2019–
Highest ranking17 (1995/1996)
Career winnings£689,808
Highest break147:
2012 UK Championship
Century breaks152
Best ranking finishSemi-finals (x6)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking1

Andy Hicks (born 10 August 1973 in Tavistock, Devon, England)[1] is an English professional snooker player. He regained a two-year tour card in 2019.

Nicknamed "The Cream of Devon",[1] Hicks was a semi-finalist at both the World Snooker Championship and UK Championship in 1995, and the same stage at four other ranking tournaments. A Masters semi-finalist in 1996, 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.[1] 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).[2]

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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[3] 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 beaten 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.[4] 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, 11–13.

In 2004/2005, Hicks made it to the quarter-finals of the British Open with a first-round victory over Ken Doherty.

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.[1] 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,[5] 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).[1] He entered Q School in May 2018 in a bid to win back his place on the snooker professional tour.[6]

In June 2019, Hicks came through Q-School - Event 3 by winning six matches to earn a two-year card on the World Snooker Tour for the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 seasons.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He currently lives in Launceston, Cornwall[1] and is the staff pro at Bell's Court Snooker Club in Falmouth.[8] His wife Rachel was working there when they met; they married in 2005, and had their first child in 2006.[1] He also plays golf, in a local society named after him.[1]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 1991/
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1992/
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1993/
94
1994/
95
1995/
96
1996/
97
1997/
98
1998/
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1999/
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2000/
01
2001/
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2002/
03
2003/
04
2004/
05
2005/
06
2006/
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2007/
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2008/
09
2009/
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2010/
11
2011/
12
2012/
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2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
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2017/
18
2018/
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2019/
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Ranking[9][nb 1] [nb 2] 70 54 33 17 18 19 21 32 36 46 61 62 50 31 31 41 56 50 53 61 61 [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 2]
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 4] Tournament Not Held MR 2R A A LQ
International Championship Tournament Not Held LQ A LQ LQ A A LQ
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR A A
European Masters[nb 5] 2R SF LQ LQ SF 2R NH LQ Not Held LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ NR Tournament Not Held LQ A LQ
English Open Tournament Not Held A A A
World Open[nb 6] LQ LQ LQ SF 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R LQ LQ LQ 2R 2R RR LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ Not Held LQ A A
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held A A A
UK Championship 1R LQ 2R 1R SF 2R 2R 2R 1R LQ LQ LQ 1R 3R 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A 1R 1R A A
Scottish Open[nb 7] NH 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ Tournament Not Held MR Not Held A A A
German Masters[nb 8] Tournament Not Held LQ 2R LQ NR Tournament Not Held LQ LQ LQ A LQ LQ A A
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open LQ LQ 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ A 1R 2R A A
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event SF A 2R
Players Championship[nb 9] Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR A 3R 2R
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ
China Open[nb 10] Tournament Not Held NR LQ LQ LQ LQ Not Held LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ 1R A A
World Championship LQ LQ LQ SF LQ 1R 1R LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ 2R 1R 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ LQ A LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters LQ LQ LQ LQ SF LQ WR LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A A A A LQ LQ A A A A A A A A A
World Seniors Championship A Tournament Not Held A A A LQ A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Classic LQ Tournament Not Held
Strachan Open[nb 11] 2R MR NR Tournament Not Held
Dubai Classic[nb 12] 1R LQ QF LQ 1R LQ Tournament Not Held
Malta Grand Prix Not Held Non-Ranking Event LQ NR Tournament Not Held
Thailand Masters[nb 13] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ 1R LQ LQ NR Not Held NR Tournament Not Held
British Open LQ LQ 3R LQ 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R LQ 3R LQ 2R QF Tournament Not Held
Irish Masters Non-Ranking Event LQ LQ LQ NH NR Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Tournament Not Held NR 1R LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Bahrain Championship Tournament Not Held LQ Tournament Not Held
Wuxi Classic[nb 14] Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event LQ A A Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open[nb 15] Not Held NR Tournament Not Held LQ LQ A A Not Held
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held LQ 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ LQ A Non-Rank.
Paul Hunter Classic[nb 16] Tournament Not Held Pro-am Event Minor-Ranking Event 1R 1R A NR
Indian Open Tournament Not Held A NH LQ A 3R NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Scottish Masters A A A A LQ A A A A A A A Tournament Not Held
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held 1R 1R 1R A A Ranking Event
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.
  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ a b c d e He was an amateur.
  4. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  5. ^ The event was called the Irish Open (1998/1999) and Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
  6. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix (1991/1992–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010), the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
  7. ^ The event was called the International Open (1992/1993–1996/1997) and the Players Championship (2003/2004)
  8. ^ The event was called the German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
  9. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013) and the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014–2015/2016)
  10. ^ The event was called the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
  11. ^ The event was called the Strachan Challenge (1992/1993–1993/1994)
  12. ^ The event was called the Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and the Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  13. ^ The event was called the Asian Open (1991/1992–1992/1993) and the Thailand Open (1993/1994–1996/1997)
  14. ^ The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
  15. ^ The event was called the Australian Open (1994/1995) and the Australian Masters (1995/1996)
  16. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2005/2006–2006/2007)

Career finals[edit]

Non-ranking finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1994 Strachan Open England Anthony Hamilton 4–9
Winner 2. 1997 Benson & Hedges Championship Wales Paul Davies 9–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Player Profile — Andy Hicks". World Snooker. London, England: World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 2007. Archived from the original on 29 September 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2007.
  2. ^ "Andy Hicks Profile on Sporting Life (2006)". Sporting Life. 2006. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
  3. ^ Worley, Gavin (23 April 2001). "O'Sullivan rallies to open commanding lead". The Independent. London. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
  4. ^ Shea, Julian (18 April 2004). "Bad-tempered Hann exits". BBC. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
  5. ^ "Chris Turner's Snooker Archive – Top Century Makers". 2008. Archived from the original on 23 June 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
  6. ^ "Snooker Q School Receives 190 Entries". World Professional Snooker and Billiards Association. 5 April 2018. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Q School Event Three Winners". World Snooker. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  8. ^ Official Homepage of Bell's Court Snooker Club Archived 1 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 February 2019.

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