Marco Fu after winning the 2013 Australian Goldfields Open
8 January 1978 |
|Sport country||Hong Kong|
|Nickname||Full of Eastern Promise
Hong Kong Fuey
|7 (as of 9 March 2014)|
|Career winnings||UK£ 1,411,505
|Highest break||147 (2 times)|
|Competitor for Hong Kong|
|East Asian Games|
|Gold||2009 Hong Kong||Team|
Fu at 2013 German Masters.
Marco Fu Ka-chun, MH (; born 8 January 1978 in Hong Kong), is a professional snooker player from Hong Kong. He is best known for winning the 2007 Grand Prix, beating Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final, and for being runner-up in the 2008 UK Championship and the 2011 Masters. He also won the 2013 Australian Goldfields Open and was runner-up in the German Masters and 2013 International Championship. In addition, Fu reached the semi-finals of the 2006 World Championship, equalling the best result for an Asian player in the World Championship along with Ding Junhui and James Wattana. Fu's career high world ranking is sixth, achieved in 2013. He currently resides in Happy Valley.
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Status and records
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Performance and rankings timeline
- 5 Career finals
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Life and career
Fu started playing snooker at the age of nine, but did not start playing regularly until he was 15. Fu was born in Hong Kong and emigrated to Vancouver, Canada with his parents at the age of 12. After his high school graduation at age 18, Hong Kong Billiard Sports Control Council Co. Ltd President Joseph Lo invited him to return to Hong Kong to begin his career as a professional snooker player. Before turning professional, Fu won the World Amateur and World Under-21 Championships, both in 1997.
First season as a professional
In 1998, the year he turned professional, Fu reached the final of the Grand Prix, beating Ronnie O'Sullivan (5–2) and then Peter Ebdon (5–3) in the process. An in-form Stephen Lee proved too strong for Fu in the final, defeating him 9–2, but Fu nevertheless rose dramatically through the rankings, reaching number 15 in the world for the 2000/01 season. When he first turned professional, he was ranked 377th in the world. During the rest of the 1998/99 season, Fu qualified for four more ranking tournaments, including the World Championship, winning four qualifying matches before losing to James Wattana 8–10 in the first round of the main draw.
He was voted WPBSA Newcomer of the Year and WSA Young Player of the Year in 1999. Tipped by many pundits as a potential champion of the game, Fu's subsequent performance was disappointing, and he slid back down the rankings.
Rise through the rankings
In the 1999/2000 season, with Fu now ranked 35 in the world, he received automatic entry into the main draw of most of the ranking tournaments. Although he failed to repeat the success of reaching the final of the Grand Prix, he made a credible run to the quarter finals before losing to Allister Carter. Other achievements of note include reaching semi finals of the Malta Grand Prix and the Scottish Open.
In the 2000/2001 season Fu was ranked 15th in the world, his first appearance in the top 16. However, a succession of defeats in the last 16, and a first round defeat in the World Championship to Chris Small, saw him fall out of the top 16 for next season. In the 2001/02 season Fu's his best result was a last 16 appearance at the LG Cup. He failed to qualify for three ranking events, including the World Championship, and, as a result, his ranking fell to 27 for the following season, his lowest in two seasons.
The 2002/2003 season brought better luck for Fu, although prior to the Welsh Open his best result was reaching the third round of the UK Championship in December 2002, where he was defeated 9–7 by Ronnie O'Sullivan. However, at the Welsh Open in February 2003, he produced a run to the semi finals. Fu whitewashed Stephen Lee 5–0 in the second round and beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 5–3 in the quarter-finals, before losing his semi-final 6–4 to Stephen Hendry, who went on to win the title.
Going into the 2003 World Championship three months later, after first round losses at the European and Scottish Open suggested he would not go far in the tournament, particularly as his first round opponent was world No. 1 and runaway favourite Ronnie O'Sullivan. Fu reached the first of his two World Championship quarter-finals to date. In what Snooker Scene magazine described as "one of the greatest upsets in the history of the game", the unseeded 25-year-old overcame the odds to defeat O'Sullivan in their first round clash. Fu dominated this match from the outset, opening up a 6–3 overnight lead; and although O'Sullivan made four centuries (including a maximum 147 break), Fu never looked to be in trouble and won 10–6. Fu subsequently eliminated Alan McManus 13–7 in the second round before losing 7–13 to Stephen Lee in his quarter-final match.
In 2003, Fu also won his first title since turning professional in the invitational Premier League, beating Mark Williams 9–5 in the final in Sunderland. This was the first time the title went outside of the British Isles.
First ranking tournament title
As a result of his run to the quarter finals of the World Championship the previous season, he climbed up to number 19 for the 2003/2004 season. This meant he only had to play one qualifying match to progress to the main draw of the tournaments. He qualified for all the ranking tournaments except the World Championship, his best results including a third round loss to Michael Holt in the LG Cup and reaching the semi-finals of the Welsh Open, beating Liu Song, Matthew Stevens, Ken Doherty and Stephen Hendry before succumbing to Steve Davis. After a consistent 2003/2004 season, he regained a top 16 position for 2004/2005 season, ranked 16.
The following season was less consistent, although he qualified for all tournaments except the Malta Cup, and his best result was a quarter-final loss to Ding Junhui at the China Open. He finished the season ranked 25, falling seven places. The 2005/2006 season did not look better either, a series of first round defeats saw him provisionally drop out of the top 32. However, he had a good run at the 2006 World Championship, beating three seeded players – Alan McManus 10–3, Stephen Maguire 13–4, and Ken Doherty 13–10 – to reach the semi-finals, where he lost to world no.7 and 2002 World Champion Peter Ebdon 16–17. In that match, Fu was 9–15 down with only one session left to play, but won seven out of the next eight frames to send the match into the deciding frame, which Ebdon eventually won. Fu's success in this tournament can be largely attributed to working with coach Terry Griffiths. Fu had used Griffiths for a short while some years ago – but did not commit to the necessary changes in technique. This run enable him to stay in the world top 32 for next season, ranked 22.
The 2006/2007 season was not hugely successful. He skipped the UK Championship to play in the Asian games (winning two medals there), and, largely due to the fact that he was affected by a virus, was unable to repeat his World Championship form of the previous year, losing 3–10 to Anthony Hamilton in the first round, a defeat that saw Fu start the 2007/2008 season ranked 27th in the world – a drop of five places. His best result that season was a quarter-final run in the China Open, where he lost to Ronnie O'Sullivan.
The 2007/2008 season was to bring his first ranking title. Following a first round loss at the Shanghai Masters and nine years after his first appearance in a ranking final at the 1998 Grand Prix, Fu won the Grand Prix – his first ever victory in a ranking event. After defeating the reigning World Champion John Higgins in the first knock-out round 5–4, Liu Song 5–0 in the quarter-finals and Gerard Greene 6–5 in the semi-finals, he faced Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final. After falling 3–4 behind after the first session, he went on to win 9–6, with a break of 76 in the final frame. Previously, Fu's biggest title has only been the invitational Premier League which he captured in 2003. For the rest of the season, he reached the quarter-finals of the UK Championship, losing to Mark Selby; and he also reached the semi-finals of the Masters, losing to Stephen Lee.
He qualified for the World Championship, with a 10–3 win over Alan McManus. He played China's Ding Junhui in the first round, and it was an emphatic fight, which he lost 9–10. He capped a successful season by finishing in career high 14 in the rankings, a climb of thirteen places from the previous season. This guaranteed Fu a seeding for the following season, earning him an automatic place at the venue stages of tournaments without having to play qualifying matches.
The 2008/2009 season started with a last 32 loss to Barry Hawkins in the Northern Ireland Trophy and crashed out in the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters to Mark Selby. At the Grand Prix, he lost in the second round to Ronnie O'Sullivan, a repeat of last season's final. Things did not improve for Fu in the Bahrain Championship, where he lost in the first round to Dominic Dale. At the UK Championship, he beat Barry Hawkins in the first round, followed by Matthew Stevens and Joe Perry. In the semi-finals, Fu knocked out the 2008 World Championship runner up, Ali Carter, after a great comeback. At one stage in the match he was trailing 2–5, but Carter missed a simple pink ball in the eighth frame, allowing Fu to win the frame, ending the first session trailing by 3–5. He levelled to 6–6, and then led by 8–6, making three centuries in the process. In the final, Fu was defeated (after conceding) by Shaun Murphy in a tense match by 10 frames to 9. It was a match highly affected by tension and both of the players did not produce their best form, the only century being a 102 from Fu. He suffered a first round defeat to John Higgins at the Masters, decided by a fluked last black, in what was a great effort to nearly force a decider. In the Welsh Open, Fu was defeated by Neil Robertson in the quarter-finals, having beaten Fergal O'Brien en route as well as runaway favourite Ronnie O'Sullivan. In the World Championship, he advanced to the second round by beating Joe Swail 10–4 comfortably. He faced Shaun Murphy in the next round, where he lost 3–13.
The 2009/10 season started with a last 16 loss to Ronnie O'Sullivan by 2–5 at the Shanghai Masters. Along the way, Fu edged out Nigel Bond 5–4. At the Grand Prix he lost in the last 32 4–5 against Mark Davis.
In December 2009, Fu participated in the East Asian Games, held in Hong Kong. In the singles competition he was beaten by Chinese Yu Delu 4–1 in the quarter-finals. But later won a gold medal in the team competition with Hong Kong. Fu lost his next three first round matches. He lost against Peter Lines 3–9 at the UK Championship, Peter Ebdon 2–6 at the Masters and Andrew Higginson 2–5 at the Welsh Open. Later Fu captured the Championship League by beating Mark Allen 3–2 in the final and reached the quarter-finals of the 2010 China Open, where he lost 1–5 against Mark Williams. At the last ranking event of the season, the World Championship Fu faced Martin Gould at the Crucible. Fu lead 5–4 after the first session, after he missed a straight red for 6–3. Ultimately Fu lost the match 9–10. As a result Fu slid down to 14th in the world rankings.
In the 2010/2011 season Fu lost in the first round of the Shanghai Masters 4–5 against Mark Davis and the World Open 1–3 against Andrew Higginson. Fu was ranked 16th in second revision of the rankings. In November 2010, Fu participated in the Asian Games, held in Guangzhou. He won the singles competition by defeating Ding Junhui 4–2 in the final. Fu reached the semi-finals of the Premier League, where he lost 2–5 against Shaun Murphy. Fu reached the second round of the UK Championship, where he lost 2–9 against Stuart Bingham. Fu also participated at the Players Tour Championship, where his best results came at the first and second event in Sheffield, where he reached the semi-finals, but lost 1–4 against Stephen Maguire and 2–4 against Mark Selby respectively. Fu finished 16th on the Players Tour Championship Order of Merit.
Fu reached the final of the Masters, where he lost 4–10 against Ding Junhui, which was notable for being the first all Chinese final. Fu reached the semi-finals of the German Masters, where he lost 3–6 against Mark Williams. In Welsh Open, he lost 0–4 against Mark Williams in last 32, after winning his qualifying match 4–1 against Joe Swail. Fu lost his first round matches at the China Open and World Championship, 3–5 against Judd Trump and 8–10 against Martin Gould respectively. He finished the season ranked world number 23, the first time he has been outside of the elite top 16 since 2007.
Fu qualified for four of the eight ranking tournaments of the 2011/2012 season. At the Welsh Open he lost in the first round 1–4 to Ronnie O'Sullivan and he also lost in the first round of the World Open following a 3–5 defeat to John Higgins. Fu had earlier made the second 147 of his career during the final qualifying round for the World Open, in a match against Matthew Selt. Fu's best performance of the season came at the UK Championship. He qualified by beating Anthony Hamilton 6–5 and then saw off Stuart Bingham 6–4 in the first round to set up a last 16 clash with world number one, Mark Selby who was the favourite to win the tournament. Fu caused a major shock by defeating the Englishman 6–3 and then went on to play Mark Allen in the quarter-finals.[dead link] Fu led 5–4 in the match, but would lose the last two frames to bow out of the tournament.
Fu qualified for the World Championship with a 10–4 win over Joe Jogia, but lost in the first round of the event 3–10 to Matthew Stevens. As a result he finished the season ranked world number 28, his lowest position since the 1999/2000 season.
Fu began the 2012/2013 season at the Wuxi Classic Qualifying on 8 June 2012. However, he lost in the final qualifying round 2–5 to Jamie Burnett. He qualified for every other ranking event during the season beginning with the Australian Goldfields Open, compiling three century breaks in a 5–2 win over Gerard Greene. In Australia, Fu saw a return to form as he beat Joe Perry, Jamie Burnett and Stephen Lee all by 5–1 scorelines to reach the semi-finals. There he lost 2–6 to Peter Ebdon and said after the match that his goal for the season was to reclaim a top 16 place. At the Shanghai Masters he lost 4–5 in the wildcard round to Lu Haotian and at the International Championship he secured wins over Martin Gould and Mark Davis to reach the quarter-finals. Fu let a 3–1 lead against Shaun Murphy slip to lose 4–6. Before he played Mark Allen in the first round of the UK Championship, Allen reiterated his views that Fu has cheated in the past. Fu himself denied the claims, having never been found guilty of any offence, and went on to defeat Allen 6–3. In the second round he lost 4–6 to Matthew Stevens. Fu reached his first ranking event final since 2008 at the German Masters by beating Ricky Walden, Peter Lines and Matthew Stevens all 5–3. His semi-final against Barry Hawkins included a near hour-long battle of safety play, with Fu edging the match 6–4 just after midnight local time. Fu led Ali Carter 5–3 after the opening session of the final, but on the resumption of play did not pot a ball for 86 minutes and went on to lose 6–9. Following this, Fu lost in the second round of the World Open to Ding Junhui and in the first round of the Welsh Open and the China Open to Allen and Graeme Dott respectively.
Fu played in seven minor-ranking Players Tour Championship events and reached the final of the Third Event by seeing off the likes of Stephen Maguire, Mark Williams, Ali Carter and Shaun Murphy. He lost to world number 65 Rod Lawler 2–4 in the final. He also reached the quarter-finals of the European Tour Event 3 which helped him finish 21st on the Order of Merit to qualify for the Finals. In the Finals Fu beat Mark Joyce and Carter, before losing 1–4 to Tom Ford in the quarter-finals. Fu won Group 7 of the Championship League courtesy of a 3–0 victory over Maguire and in the Winners Group lost in the semi-finals 0–3 to Carter. Fu beat Matthew Stevens 10–7 in the first round of the World Championship to face Judd Trump in the last 16. He fell 2–6 behind after the first session, but fought back to trail only 7–8 before losing five consecutive frames to end his season with a 7–13 defeat. Fu finished just short of his early season goal to get back into the top 16 as he finished world number 17, but this did mean he had climbed 11 spots during the year.
The Wuxi Classic was Fu's first ranking event of the 2013/2014 season, with him losing 4–5 to Mark King in the second round. He then played in the Australian Goldfields Open and enjoyed comfortable victories over Ken Doherty (5–2), Shaun Murphy (5–2) and Dominic Dale (5–1). In the semi-finals he built a 4–1 lead over Robert Milkins and held his nerve when the Englishman levelled at 4–4 to triumph 6–4. Fu faced home favourite and world number one Neil Robertson in the final, defeating him 9–6 to take the second ranking event title of his career and regain his place in the top 16 of the world rankings. Another final followed at the minor-ranking Bluebell Wood Open, with Fu fighting back from 1–3 down against Ricky Walden to square the match at 3–3 and was unfortunate in the decider when Walden fluked a red, before making a match winning clearance. Fu then lost in the second round of both the Shanghai Masters and the Indian Open 5–3 to Kyren Wilson and 4–3 to Gary Wilson respectively. He advanced to the quarter-finals of the International Championship in Chengdu, China, where he played Mark Selby. Fu came back from 5–3 down to take the match 6–5 with consecutive breaks of 84 and 112 in the final frame. His semi-final match against Joe Perry was very tight with many frames lasting 40 minutes, but it was Fu who won 9–8 on the colours to reach his third ranking event final of 2013. In a third successive final featuring two Asian players Fu won an hour long frame to hold a 9–8 advantage over his opponent Ding Junhui but went on to lose 10–9 without getting one clear chance to take the title. Fu rose to a career-high ranking of world number six after the event.
Status and records
Fu is a prolific break-builder. He achieved his highest break of 147 at both the 2000 Scottish Masters together with 2012 World Open qualifying stage. He was the tenth player in history to have made more than 300 competitive centuries Fu once held the record for the longest frame in the history of televised snooker. The record of 77 minutes held with Mark Selby was played out during the decisive final frame during the four quarter-final match at the 2007 UK Championship held in Telford, England. Fu eventually lost the match 7–9. However, the record was then broken by Shaun Murphy and Dave Harold in a match at the China Open later in the same season. The new record is 93 minutes. Since his initial breakthrough in 1998, Fu has not won the titles his talent deserves because he has struggled with his technique for large periods of his career.
Fu was educated in Vancouver, Canada and has had spells living in Wales and Scotland.
Fu is currently living in England.
Performance and rankings timeline
|Ranking[nb 1]||UR[nb 2][nb 3]||377||35||15||17||27||19||16||25||22||27||14||8||14||23||28||17|
|Wuxi Classic[nb 4]||Tournament Not held||Non-ranking||LQ||2R|
|Australian Goldfields Open||Tournament Not held||A||SF||W|
|Shanghai Masters||Tournament Not held||1R||QF||2R||1R||LQ||WR||2R|
|Indian Open||Tournament Not Held||2R|
|International Championship||Tournament Not held||QF||F|
|German Masters||A||NR||Tournament Not held||SF||LQ||F||1R|
|World Open[nb 5]||A||F||QF||2R||3R||1R||3R||3R||1R||RR||W||2R||1R||1R||1R||2R|
|Players Tour Championship||Tournament Not held||1R||DNQ||QF|
|China Open[nb 6]||NR||LQ||LQ||2R||2R||Not held||QF||LQ||QF||2R||1R||QF||1R||LQ||1R|
|Champion of Champions||Tournament Not Held||1R|
|Championship League||Tournament Not held||A||A||W||RR||A||SF|
|Variant Format Tournaments|
|Shoot-Out||Tournament Not Held||1R||1R||A|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Malta Grand Prix||Non-ranking||SF||NR||Tournament Not held|
|Thailand Masters||1R||LQ||LQ||1R||1R||NR||Tournament Not held||NR||Tournament Not held|
|Scottish Open[nb 7]||A||LQ||SF||2R||1R||1R||2R||Tournament Not held||MR|
|British Open||A||1R||3R||2R||2R||2R||2R||2R||Tournament Not held|
|Irish Masters||Non-ranking event||LQ||2R||1R||NH||NR||Tournament Not held|
|Malta Cup[nb 8]||NH||LQ||Not held||LQ||1R||1R||LQ||1R||2R||NR||Tournament Not held|
|Northern Ireland Trophy||Tournament Not held||NR||1R||1R||2R||Tournament Not held|
|Bahrain Championship||Tournament Not held||1R||Tournament Not held|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|Thailand Masters||Ranking event||A||Not held||W||Tournament Not held|
|Wuxi Classic[nb 4]||Tournament Not held||A||SF||QF||A||Ranking|
|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.|
|MR / Minor-Ranking Event||means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.|
- From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- New players don't have a ranking.
- He was not on the Main Tour.
- The event ran under the name Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
- The event was called the LG Cup (2001/2002-2003/2004) and the Grand Prix (2000/2001 and 2004/2005-2009/2010
- The event was called the China International (1998/1999)
- The event was called the Players Championship (2003/2004)
- The event was called the Irish Open (1998/1999) and the European Open (2001/2002-2003/2004)
Ranking event finals: 6 (2 titles, 4 runner-ups)
|World Championship (0–0)|
|UK Championship (0–1)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||1998||Grand Prix||Lee, StephenStephen Lee||2–9|
|Winner||1.||2007||Grand Prix||O'Sullivan, RonnieRonnie O'Sullivan||9–6|
|Runner-up||2.||2008||UK Championship||Murphy, ShaunShaun Murphy||9–10|
|Runner-up||3.||2013||German Masters||Carter, AliAli Carter||6–9|
|Winner||2.||2013||Australian Goldfields Open||Robertson, NeilNeil Robertson||9–6|
|Runner-up||4.||2013||International Championship||Ding Junhui||9–10|
Minor-ranking event finals: 2 (2 runner-ups)
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||2012||UK PTC Event 3||Rod Lawler||2–4|
|Runner-up||2013||Bluebell Wood Open||Ricky Walden||3–4|
Non-ranking tournaments (4 titles)
- Premier League Snooker – 2003
- Thailand Masters – 2007
- Championship League – 2010
- World Champions – Asia Stars Challenge – 2004
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