Leo Fernandez

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Leo Fernandez
Born (1976-07-05) 5 July 1976 (age 41)
Limerick
Sport country  Ireland
Nickname Fandango
Professional 1995–1997, 1998–2001, 2002–2006, 2007/2008, 2016–
Highest ranking 67 (2004/2005) [1]
Career winnings £125,000[1]
Highest break 140 (2015 Q School)[1]
Century breaks 32[1]
Best ranking finish Last 16 (2003 Welsh Open)[2]
Tournament wins
Non-ranking 1

Leo Fernandez (born 5 July 1976 in Limerick) is an Irish professional snooker player.

Career[edit]

Fernandez finished second on the PIOS Order of Merit in 2007 gaining promotion to the Main Tour for the 2007–2008 season, although he failed to finish inside the top 64 and was relegated after that season. He has been on and off the Main Tour a few times during his career, failing to make any significant impact each time. He suffered from testicular cancer in 2005 but continued playing while he recovered.

His best ranking event display came when he reached the last 16 of the 2003 Welsh Open, defeating opponents including fellow Irishman Fergal O'Brien and Mark King.[2] He qualified for the 1999 World Championship but drew Ronnie O'Sullivan and lost 10–3. He also reached the final qualifying round in 2004, losing 10–8 to Dominic Dale. He was Jamie Burnett's opponent in 2004 UK Championship qualifying when Burnett scored a 148 break, the first ever break in excess of 147 in a professional match.[3][4]

As an amateur, Fernandez reached the final of English Amateur Championship in 2010, losing to Jack Lisowski, playing in the tournament again in 2011 and winning the title, victorious 10–6 in the final over John Whitty. He entered Q-School in 2015 and made it to the final round before losing 4–1 to Rhys Clark.[5] In October 2015, Fernandez played in the Asian Tour, and reached quarter-finals of the Haining Open before losing 4–1 to world number 11 Ricky Walden.[6] This need being enough for Fernandez to qualify the main tour, however Fernandez was suspended from the sport of snooker for a period of 15 months following corruption charges and would not be eligible to participate in snooker events before 27 August 2017. [7][8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Fernandez was born in Limerick, Ireland, but currently lives in Bexhill-On-Sea, England, where he is the resident coach and manager at O'Sullivan's Snooker & Pool Club.[10]

Performance and ranking timeline[edit]

Tournament 1995/
96
1996/
97
1997/
98
1998/
99
1999/
00
2000/
01
2001/
02
2002/
03
2003/
04
2004/
05
2005/
06
2007/
08
2010/
11
2011/
12
2013/
14
2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
Ranking[11][nb 1] [nb 2] 214 [nb 3] 155 81 71 [nb 3] [nb 2] 72 67 74 [nb 2] [nb 4] [nb 4] [nb 4] [nb 4] [nb 2] [nb 5]
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 6] Tournament Not Held MR WD A
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR A
Paul Hunter Classic[nb 7] Tournament Not Held Pro-am Event Minor-Ranking A A
Indian Open Tournament Not Held A NH WD A
World Open[nb 8] LQ LQ A LQ 3R LQ A LQ LQ 2R LQ LQ A A A NH WD A
European Masters[nb 9] 1R LQ Tournament Not Held A LQ LQ LQ LQ NR Tournament Not Held A A
English Open Tournament Not Held A
International Championship Tournament Not Held A LQ A
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held LQ A A A LQ A
Northern Ireland Open Not Held LQ Tournament Not Held A
UK Championship LQ LQ A LQ 1R LQ A 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ A A A 1R A
Scottish Open[nb 10] LQ LQ A 2R LQ LQ A LQ LQ Tournament Not Held Not Held A
German Masters[nb 11] LQ LQ A NR Tournament Not Held A A A A A
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held Variant Format Event A
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open LQ LQ A LQ LQ LQ A 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ A A A 2R A
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR A
Players Championship[nb 12] Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
China Open[nb 13] Not Held NR LQ LQ LQ A Not Held LQ LQ LQ A A A LQ A
World Championship LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A A A LQ A
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ LQ A LQ LQ A A A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Dubai Classic[nb 14] LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Malta Grand Prix Non-Ranking Event LQ NR Tournament Not Held
Thailand Masters[nb 15] LQ LQ A LQ LQ LQ A NR Not Held NR Tournament Not Held
British Open LQ LQ A LQ 4R LQ A LQ WD LQ Tournament Not Held
Irish Masters Non-Ranking Event LQ LQ LQ NH Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Tournament Not Held NR LQ Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open[nb 16] NR Tournament Not Held A A LQ Not Held
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
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an 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 c d New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ a b He was not on the Main Tour.
  4. ^ a b c d He was an amateur.
  5. ^ He was suspended from the start of the previous season for 15 months and began this season without ranking points.
  6. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  7. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2005/2006–2006/2007)
  8. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix (1995/1996–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010), the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
  9. ^ The event was called the European Open (1995/1996-1996/1997 & 2001/2002-2003/2004) Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
  10. ^ The event was called the International Open (1995/1996–1996/1997) and the Players Championship (2003/2004)
  11. ^ The event was called the German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
  12. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013) and the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014–2015/2016)
  13. ^ The event was called the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
  14. ^ The event was called the Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and the Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  15. ^ The event was called the Thailand Open (1995/1996–1996/1997)
  16. ^ The event was called the Australian Masters (1995/1996)

Career finals[edit]

Non-ranking finals: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2001 Challenge Tour Event 2 Wales Ryan Day 6–3

Amateur finals: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2006 2006 PIOS – Event 3 Wales Lee Walker 6–5
Runner-up 2. 2010 English Amateur Championship England Lisowski, JackJack Lisowski 2–9
Winner 3. 2011 English Amateur Championship England John Whitty 10–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Career-total Statistics for Leo Fernandez – Professional". CueTracker – Snooker Database. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Leo Fernandez - Profile". World Snooker. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Scot Burnett compiles 148 break". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Burnett's break goes one better". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Snooker star narrowly misses out on tour place". Hastings Observer. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Fernandez Run Ended but Main Tour Hopes Remain Alive". snookerhq.com. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "WPBSA STATEMENT – LEO FERNANDEZ". World Snooker. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "FLeo Fernandez handed 15-month ban after admitting corruption charge". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Leo Fernandez is suspended from snooker for 15 months". Sky Sports. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Leo Fernandez". O'Sullivan's Snooker & Pool Club. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 

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