Mike Hallett

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Mike Hallett
Born (1959-07-02) 2 July 1959 (age 57)
Sport country  England
Professional 1980–1997, 1998/1999, 2000/2001, 2004/2005
Highest ranking 6 (1989/90)
Career winnings £847,042[1]
Highest break 139
Century breaks 43[2]
Tournament wins
Ranking 1
Non-ranking 4

Mike Hallett (born 2 July 1959) is an English former professional snooker player and television sports commentator.

Career[edit]

Hallett was a consistently solid snooker player, but never reached the very top ranks. After winning the national under-16 title in 1975, his world ranking peaked at number six in 1989–90, after his only ranking tournament victory at the 1989 Hong Kong Open in which he beat Dene O'Kane 9–8.

In a semi-final match against John Parrott in the 1988 Benson & Hedges Masters, he recovered from needing four snookers to win the decider 6–5. However, he lost 9–0 to Steve Davis in the final.

In 1991 he reached the Masters Final again at Wembley where, in the best-of-17-frame match, he surged to a 7–0 lead over Stephen Hendry and missed a pink which would have put him 8–0 ahead. He then moved into an 8–2 lead and needed just one frame to win the tournament (in fact, he had just the pink and black to clear for the match in the eleventh frame, but missed with the rest). Hendry managed to spring a comeback to win the match 9–8. To make matters worse, Hallett returned home to find that his house had been burgled.[3] Hallett would go on to win two invitational World Series of Snooker events later in the year, but did not win another professional title after 1991.

Hallett did reach the quarter-finals of the World Championship twice, but never progressed further than that. His final season on the main tour was in 2004–05, but went on to play in the Pontin's International Open Series.[4] During his career he won approximately £920,000.[5]

Hallett has been commentating on Premier League Snooker for Sky Sports, and all major snooker events on Eurosport. At the start of the 2011/12 season Hallett entered the Players Tour Championship and after winning his first two matches against Duane Jones 4-3 and Elliot Slessor also 4-3, he played Ronnie O'Sullivan and managed to take two frames in losing 4-2.[6]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 1979/
80
1980/
81
1981/
82
1982/
83
1983/
84
1984/
85
1985/
86
1986/
87
1987/
88
1988/
89
1989/
90
1990/
91
1991/
92
1992/
93
1993/
94
1994/
95
1995/
96
1996/
97
1998/
99
2000/
01
2004/
05
Ranking UR[nb 1] UR[nb 2] 29 31 32 25 28 27 16 9 6 7 8 17 19 23 34 46 UR[nb 3] UR[nb 4] UR[nb 5]
Ranking tournaments
Australian Goldfields Open[nb 6] Non-Ranking NH W Not held NR NR Not held
UK Championship 2R 3R 5R 3R 3R 2R 2R 3R QF 1R QF 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R LQ LQ LQ 3R LQ
German Masters[nb 7] Not held LQ LQ NR Not held
Welsh Open Not held 1R QF 1R 2R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ
World Grand Prix[nb 8] Not held 2R 3R 3R 2R 3R 1R 3R 2R 3R 3R 2R 2R 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ
China Open[nb 9] Not held LQ LQ LQ
World Championship 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R QF 2R QF 2R 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Masters A A A A A A A A F 1R 1R F 1R A A A A A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Canadian Masters[nb 10] Non-Ranking NH Non-Ranking SF Not Held
Strachan Open NH 1R MR NR Not Held
Classic Non-Ranking 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R SF QF Not held
Dubai Classic[nb 11] Not Held NR 1R QF 1R 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ Not Held
Thailand Masters[nb 12] Not held Non-ranking Not held 2R SF 2R 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ NH
Scottish Open[nb 13] Not held NR LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R SF 2R 2R Not held 2R 2R 3R 1R LQ LQ LQ NH
British Open[nb 14] Non-ranking 2R 2R 2R F SF 2R QF 2R 2R 2R 3R 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ
Irish Masters Non-ranking event LQ
Malta Cup[nb 15] Not held SF 1R 1R 1R 2R LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ NH LQ
Former non-ranking tournaments
World Matchplay Not Held QF 1R 1R QF A Not Held
Scottish Masters Not held A A A A A A A NH QF 1R W QF A QF A A A A NH
Irish Masters A A A A A A A A A QF 1R 1R SF A A A A A A A R
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.

Tournament finals[edit]

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

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1988 British Open Scotland Stephen Hendry 2–13
Winner 1. 1989 Hong Kong Open Australia Dene O'Kane 9–8

[7]

Non-ranking finals: 14 (4 titles, 10 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1984 Costa Del Sol Classic England Dennis Taylor 2–5
Runner-up 2. 1987 Australian Masters Scotland Stephen Hendry 1–4
Runner-up 3. 1988 Masters England Steve Davis 0–9
Runner-up 4. 1988 Pontins Professional England John Parrott 1–9
Runner-up 5. 1988 New Zealand Masters Scotland Stephen Hendry 1–6
Winner 1. 1988 Fosters Professional Scotland Stephen Hendry 8–5
Winner 2. 1989 English Professional Championship England John Parrott 9–7
Runner-up 6. 1990 Pontins Professional Scotland Stephen Hendry 6–9
Runner-up 7. 1990 Shoot-Out Wales Darren Morgan 1–2
Runner-up 9. 1991 Masters Scotland Stephen Hendry 8–9
Runner-up 9. 1991 Pontins Professional England Neal Foulds 6–9
Winner 3. 1991 Humo Masters England Neal Foulds 9–7
Winner 4. 1991 Scottish Masters England Steve Davis 10–6
Runner-up 10. 1993 Pot Black England Steve Davis 0–2

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

Outcome No. Year Championship Team/partner Opponent(s) in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1986 World Doubles Championship Scotland Stephen Hendry England Steve Davis
England Tony Meo
3–12
Winner 1. 1987 World Doubles Championship Scotland Stephen Hendry Canada Cliff Thorburn
England Dennis Taylor
12–8
Winner 2. 1991 World Masters Doubles Scotland Stephen Hendry Canada Brady Gollan
Canada Jim Wych
8–5

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ He was an amateur.
  2. ^ New players on the Main Tour do not have a ranking.
  3. ^ New players on the Main Tour do not have a ranking.
  4. ^ New players on the Main Tour do not have a ranking.
  5. ^ New players on the Main Tour do not have a ranking.
  6. ^ The event ran under different names as Australian Masters (1979/1980 to 1987/1988 and 1995/1996), Hong Kong Open (1989/1990) and Australian Open (1994/1995).
  7. ^ The event ran under different name as German Open (1995/1996 to 1996/1997).
  8. ^ The event ran under different name as Professional Players Tournament (1982/1983 to 1983/1984) and Grand Prix (1984/1985 to 2000/2001 and 2004/2005).
  9. ^ The event ran under different names as China International (1997/1998 and 1998/1999)
  10. ^ The event run under the name Canadian Open (1979/1980 to 1980/1981)
  11. ^ The event run under different names as Dubai Masters (1988/1989), Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  12. ^ The event ran under different names such as Asian Open (1989/1990 to 1992/1993) and Thailand Open (1993/1994 to 1996/1997).
  13. ^ The event ran under different names such as International Open (1981/1982 to 1984/1985, 1986/1987 to 1996/1997) and Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986).
  14. ^ The event was known as British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982 to 1983/1984).
  15. ^ The event ran under different names such as European Open (1988/1989 to 1996/1997) and Irish Open (1998/1999).

External links[edit]

  • Mike Hallett at CueTracker.net: Snooker Results and Statistic Database