Mark Davis (snooker player)

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Mark Davis
Mark Davis at Snooker German Masters (DerHexer) 2015-02-05 01.jpg
Mark Davis at the 2015 German Masters
Born (1972-08-12) 12 August 1972 (age 43)
Sport country England
Nickname The Battler From Hastings, Dark Mavis
Professional 1991–
Highest ranking 12 (June 2013 and March–May 2014)[1][2][3][4]
Current ranking 18 (as of 6 April 2015)
Career winnings £1,006,579[5]
Highest break 143 (2010 China Open, 2013 International Championship)
Century breaks 182[6]
Best ranking finish Semi-final (x4)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking 4

Mark Davis (born 12 August 1972) is an English professional snooker player from St. Leonards in Sussex, England. Davis became professional in 1991 but for many years was considered something of a journeyman; however, he vastly improved his game in the late 2000s, and as a result managed to get in the top 16 for the first time in 2012. The highlights of his career so far have been winning the Benson & Hedges Championship in 2002 (earning him an appearance at the Masters), and the six-red snooker world championships three times (in 2009, 2012 and 2013).


Davis came close to losing his Main Tour status in the late 1990s, but recovered in the early 2000s to return to the top 48. Reaching the quarter-finals of the 2001 Regal Scottish tournament, his second career quarter-final, was the main catalyst for this. His success in reaching the 2008 World Championship came after 2 poor seasons, leaving him at No. 58 in the rankings. He opened the 2008/2009 season strongly by qualifying for the 2008 Northern Ireland Trophy and defeating local hope Joe Swail 5–4 in the first round, before beating Ding Junhui 5–4 in the last 32 in one of the best wins of his career. He was beaten in the last 16 5–2 by Ali Carter. He followed this up by also qualifying for the Bahrain and UK Championships, though he was forced to pull out early in his last-32 match against Joe Perry in the latter, due to a stomach upset.[7] He exceeded his 2007/2008 ranking points total after only five of the eight events of the 2008/2009 season. In 2009 Davis won the Six-Red World Championship. In 2010, Davis reached the second round of the World Championship for the first time in 15 years by defeating sixth seed Ryan Day.

Davis has compiled 100 competitive centuries in his career up to September 2010, putting him 35th in the top of the players reaching a century of centuries in a career.

He got his career best tournamant break of 143 in the China Open on 29 March 2010, the 93rd century of his career, in a wild-card round match against Tian Pengfei. After an excellent 2009/2010 season, he reached the top 32 of the players and also claim his highest rank, by being ranked 26th.

He also qualified for the 2010 Shanghai Masters event where he reached the last-eight beating Marco Fu and Stephen Maguire on the way before surrendering a 4–1 lead against Jamie Burnett and going out 5–4. However, his strong performances continued and took him to a career high ranking of 18.

2011/2012 season[edit]

Davis qualified for all but two of the ranking events in the 2011/2012 season.[8] He could only advance beyond the first round in the Australian Goldfields Open, where he lost 3–5 to Mark Selby in the last 16.[8] Davis played in all 12 of the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship events during the season, reaching the final of Event 4, where he lost to Selby 0–4. This result was a large contributory factor to Davis finishing 16th on the PTC Order of Merit, inside the top 24 who made the Finals.[9] At the Finals he beat Tom Ford, before losing to Stephen Maguire in the last 16.[8] Davis' season came to an end when he suffered a heavy 2–10 loss, while feeling unwell, in the World Championship to Ali Carter.[10] He finished the season ranked world number 19, with the elite top 16 places still eluding him.[11]

2012/2013 season[edit]

Davis started the 2012/2013 season very successfully by reaching the first ranking event semi-final of his 21-year professional career at the Wuxi Classic.[12] His run included wins over local favourite Ding Junhui, Jamie Burnett and Graeme Dott to set up a last 4 clash with Stuart Bingham who had won the previous week's Asian PTC.[12][13] He trailed 0–4 at the mid-session interval, before coming back to play inspired snooker to lead 5–4 in the best of 11 frames match. However, Bingham then levelled the contest before compiling a 134 break to win the decider and end Davis' hopes of a first ranking final.[14] At the Six-red World Championship he claimed the title by defeating Shaun Murphy 8–4 in the final.[15] The winner's cheque of £40,000 is the biggest of his career to date.[16] In the Australian Goldfields Open Davis saw off Jack Lisowski (5–2), home favourite Neil Robertson (5–1) and Martin Gould (5–2), to reach his second successive ranking semi-final.[17] There he played close friend Barry Hawkins and was beaten 4–6.[18]

At the UK Championship he beat Cao Yupeng 6–1 in the first round and led three-time champion John Higgins 5–2 in the second round, before withstanding a fightback from Higgins which included a 147, to win a decider.[19] Davis saw off Matthew Stevens 6–4 in the quarter-finals, however his lack of experience on the big stage showed in his semi-final against Mark Selby, as he was beaten 4–9.[20] Davis qualified for the 2013 Masters tournament thanks to his form earning him a place in the top 16. At his first outing in the tournament for 13 years he faced world number nine Mark Allen in the first round and lost 2–6.[21] This began a dip in form for Davis as he lost in the qualifying round of the Welsh Open, the first round of both the World Open and Players Tour Championship Finals and in the second round of the China Open.[17] However, he was still ranked 16 in the world at the cut-off for the 2013 World Championship,[22] but was forced to qualify due to world number 28 and reigning champion Ronnie O'Sullivan deciding to defend his title after taking a year away from professional snooker.[23][24] O'Sullivan was therefore the number one seed, meaning Davis dropped out of the top 16 who were guaranteed a spot in the event.[25] Davis beat Liang Wenbo 10–6 in qualifying.[17] He faced four-time champion John Higgins in the first round and claimed the best win of his career by winning 10–6 and played Stuart Bingham in the last 16.[26] The match proved to be very tight, but from 10–10 Bingham pulled away to win 13–10 with Davis saying afterwards that he had done well to win 10 frames such was his disappointment at the way he had performed.[27] However, he finished the season inside the top 16 for the very first time, at world number 13.[28]

2013/2014 season[edit]

Davis reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Goldfields Open but lost 5–3 to Mark Selby.[29] At the 2013 Six-red World Championship he defended his title by defeating Neil Robertson 8–4 in the final.[30] Only a week later he won his next tournament, the General Cup in Hong Kong, beating Robertson again in the final, this time by 7–2.[31] A second ranking event quarter-final of the year came at the Shanghai Masters with comfortable 5–2 and 5–1 victories over Ali Carter and John Higgins. However, he then squandered a 4–2 lead over Xiao Guodong to be beaten 5–4.[32] At the Masters he forced a decider in the first round against Mark Selby, having been 4–0 down but lost the 55-minute final frame to be defeated 6–5.[33] In the quarter-finals of the German Masters, Davis lost in an extremely close match with Rod Lawler 5–4.[34] Davis was an automatic qualifier for the World Championship for the first time in his career this season and said before the event that his minimum goal was to win through to the quarter-finals, but he was beaten 10–5 in the first round by Dominic Dale.[35][36] Davis hung on to his top 16 ranking at the end of the season as he was the world number 16.[37]

2014/2015 season[edit]

Mark Davis at the 2015 German Masters

Davis began his season at the Australian Goldfields Open, with his quarter-final match against Stuart Bingham containing ten breaks above 50 in the nine frames played, which Davis edged 5–4.[38] In Davis' fourth ranking event semi-final he lost 6–2 to home favourite Neil Robertson.[39] His second quarter-final in a ranking event of the year came at the UK Championship, but he was defeated 6–1 by Judd Trump. He followed that up with a semi-final showing at the minor-ranking Lisbon Open where he was whitewashed 4–0 by Stephen Maguire.[40] Davis was beaten 3–2 by Stuart Bingham in the final of the non-ranking Championship League.[41]

Davis' consistent season continued as he restricted John Higgins to just 38 points to thrash him 4–0 in reaching the last eight of the Indian Open, but he lost 4–2 against Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.[42] Davis progressed through to his fourth ranking quarter-final of the season, the most in a single season of his career, at the PTC Grand Final by eliminating Neil Robertson 4–1.[43] He was unable to play in the semi-finals however, as Bingham knocked him out 4–1.[44] Davis earned a 4–0 early advantage over Ding Junhui at the World Championship and won the first session 5–3. However, he went on to be beaten 10–7.[45]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 1991/
Ranking[46][nb 1] UR[nb 2] 119 91 65 59 55 47 56 78 77 60 37 35 40 42 37 43 58 47 26 19 19 13 16
Ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic[nb 3] Not Held Non-Ranking Event SF A A
Australian Goldfields Open[nb 4] Not Held NR Not Held 2R SF QF SF
Shanghai Masters Not Held LQ LQ LQ QF 1R 1R QF LQ
International Championship Not Held 2R 3R 2R
UK Championship LQ 2R 1R LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R 1R 3R LQ LQ 1R LQ 1R 1R SF 2R QF
German Masters[nb 5] Not Held LQ QF LQ NR Not Held LQ 1R LQ QF 1R
Welsh Open LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R 2R LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ 1R LQ 2R 2R
Indian Open Not Held 3R QF
Players Championship Grand Final[nb 6] Not Held 2R 2R 1R 1R QF
China Open[nb 7] Not Held NR LQ LQ LQ 1R Not Held WR LQ LQ LQ LQ WR 2R LQ 2R LQ 2R
World Championship LQ LQ 1R 2R LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ 2R LQ 1R 2R 1R 1R
Non-ranking tournaments
Champion of Champions Not Held 1R A
Championship League Not Held A A A RR 2R RR RR F
World Seniors Championship A Not Held A A A A LQ
World Grand Prix Not Held QF
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship[nb 8] Not Held 1R A 1R NH W W 2R
Shoot-Out Not Held 2R QF 2R QF 1R
Former ranking tournaments
Classic 1R Not Held
Strachan Open[nb 9] 1R MR NR Not Held
Dubai Classic[nb 10] A 1R 2R LQ LQ LQ Not Held
Malta Grand Prix Not Held Non-Ranking Event LQ NR Not Held
Thailand Masters[nb 11] A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R NR Not Held NR Not Held
Scottish Open[nb 12] NH LQ LQ 2R 1R LQ 1R LQ 2R QF LQ LQ 1R Not Held MR Not Held
British Open LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ 2R 2R LQ 5R LQ LQ 1R 3R 1R Not Held
Irish Masters Non-Ranking Event LQ LQ 1R NH NR Not Held
Malta Cup[nb 13] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ NH LQ Not Held 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ NR Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Not Held NR LQ LQ 3R Not Held
Bahrain Championship Not Held 1R Not Held
World Open[nb 14] LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R 1R LQ 3R LQ 2R 1R 1R 1R LQ LQ RR LQ 2R 1R LQ 1R 2R NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Brazil Masters Not Held 1R 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
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.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event event is/was a minor-ranking event.
  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ The event run under different name as Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
  4. ^ The event run under different names as Australian Open (1994/1995) and Australian Masters (1995/1996)
  5. ^ The event run under different name as German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
  6. ^ The event run under different name as Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  7. ^ The event run under different name as China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
  8. ^ The event run under different names as Six-red Snooker International (2008/2009) and Six-red World Grand Prix (2009/2010)
  9. ^ The event run under different name as Strachan Challenge (1992/1993–1993/1994)
  10. ^ The event run under different names as Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  11. ^ The event run under different names as Asian Open (1991/1992–1992/1993) and Thailand Open (1993/1994–1996/1997)
  12. ^ The event run under different names as International Open (1992/1993–1996/1997) and Players Championship (2003/2004)
  13. ^ The event run under different names as European Open (1991/1992–1996/1997 and 2001/2002–2003/2004) and Irish Open (1998/1999)
  14. ^ The event run under different names as Grand Prix (1991/1992–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010) and LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004)

Tournament wins[edit]

Non-ranking finals: 6 (4 titles, 2 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 1996 Malta Masters England John Read 6–3 [47]
Winner 2. 2002 Benson & Hedges Championship Cyprus Mehmet Husnu 9–6
Winner 3. 2002 Merseyside Professional Championship Scotland Maguire, StephenStephen Maguire 5–2 [48]
Runner-up 1. 2003 Merseyside Professional Championship Scotland Maguire, StephenStephen Maguire 1–5 [48]
Winner 4. 2013 General Cup England Robertson, NeilNeil Robertson 7–2
Runner-up 2. 2015 Championship League England Bingham, StuartStuart Bingham 2–3

Variant events finals: 3 (3 titles)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 2009 Six-red World Championship Wales Williams, MarkMark Williams 6–3 [49]
Winner 2. 2012 Six-red World Championship England Murphy, ShaunShaun Murphy 8–4 [16]
Winner 3. 2013 Six-red World Championship Australia Robertson, NeilNeil Robertson 8–4 [30]

Personal life[edit]

Davis lives with his wife Claire, their son Jack and their daughter Millie.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Issued after the Bugarian Open 2013 (ET1)" (PDF). World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "The World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association Official World Rankings after the Haikou World Open 2014" (PDF). World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "World Rankings after the Players Championship 2014" (PDF). World Snooker. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "World Rankings after the China Open 2014" (PDF). World Snooker. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Prize Money – All-time, Professional". CueTracker – Snooker Database. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Centuries". Pro Snooker Blog. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b c "Mark Davis 2011/2012". Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Order of Merit". 8 January 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Carter cruises into round two as Davis suffers at The Crucible". London: Daily Mail. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Official World Ranking List for the 2012/2013 Season" (PDF). Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "In Form Bingham Keeps Run Going". World Snooker. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Wuxi Classic 2012 results". World Snooker. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Closing Century Puts Bingham into Final". World Snooker. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "SangSom 6 Red World Championship (2012)". Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Six of the Best For Davis". World Snooker. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  17. ^ a b c "Mark Davis 2012/2013". Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Ebdon to face Hawkins in Goldfields final". Eurosport. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "UK Snooker Championship 2012: Higgins out despite 147". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "UK Snooker Championship 2012: Mark Selby beats Mark Davis". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  21. ^ Metcalfe, Nick (13 January 2013). "Allen sees off Davis to book place in last eight of Masters". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  22. ^ "Official world rankings issued after the China Open 2013". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  23. ^ "Ronnie O'Sullivan to defend snooker world title". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  24. ^ "Betfair World Championship Qualifiers". Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  25. ^ "Snooker – O'Sullivan set for another Crucible battle with Carter". Eurosport. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  26. ^ "World Snooker Championship 2013: Mark Davis delighted at win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  27. ^ "Bingham Reaches First Crucible Quarter". World Snooker. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  28. ^ "Ranking History". Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  29. ^ "Mark Davis 2013/2014". Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  30. ^ a b "SangSom 6 Red World Championship (2013)". Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  31. ^ "General Cup (2013)". Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  32. ^ "Breaking news: Davis beaten in decider". Bexhill-on-Sea Observer. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  33. ^ "Masters 2014: Mark Selby and John Higgins into quarter-finals". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  34. ^ "Trump charges into German Masters semis". Eurosport. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  35. ^ "Davis keen to make his mark". Hastings & St. Leonards Observer. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  36. ^ "World Championship: Dominic Dale and Neil Robertson reach second round at Crucible". Sky Sports. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  37. ^ "World Snooker Rankings After the 2014 World Championship" (PDF). World Snooker. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  38. ^ "Robertson To Face Davis in Bendigo". World Snooker. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  39. ^ "Trump To Face Robertson in Bendigo Final". World Snooker. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  40. ^ "Mark Davis 2014/2015". Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  41. ^ "Bingham Is Championship League King". World Snooker. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  42. ^ "John Higgins beaten 4–0 by Mark Davis in India". The Herald. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  43. ^ "Davis defeats Robertson again". Hasting & St. Leonards Observer. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  44. ^ "Davis suffers another last eight exit". Hasting & St. Leonards Observer. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  45. ^ "World Snooker Championship: Ding Junhui beats Mark Davis". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  46. ^ "Ranking History". Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  47. ^ "1996 Malta Masters". CueTracker – Snooker Database. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  48. ^ a b Turner, Chris. "Merseyside Professional Championship". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  49. ^ "Davis makes his Mark in Killarney". Global Snooker. 18 December 2009. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 

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