Mitchell Mann

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Mitchell Mann
Mitchell Mann PHC 2016-1.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2016
Born (1991-12-26) 26 December 1991 (age 26)
Birmingham, England
Sport country England
NicknameThe Iron
Professional2014–2018
Highest ranking70 (May 2016)[1]
Career winnings£91,488[2]
Highest break142:
2014 International Championship
Century breaks25[2]
Best ranking finishSemi-final (2017 Paul Hunter Classic)

Mitchell Mann (born 26 December 1991) is an English former professional snooker player.

Career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Mann first played snooker aged 9,[3] after being forced to quit football after a diagnosis of Legg–Calvé–Perthes syndrome, a rare disease which rots the hip bone in young boys.[4][5] The main highlight of his junior career was winning the Junior Pot Black in 2007, beating Jack Lisowski 76–23 in the final.[4]

Amateur[edit]

In 2007/2008, Mann at aged 15 began to play in the secondary International Open Series tour with eight places on the professional snooker tour on offer to the top eight in the end of season Order of Merit.[6] In 2008/2009, Mann was ranked 11th in the Order of Merit[7] and 46th in 2009/2010.[8]

For 2010/2011, the PIOS was dropped and replaced by the pro-am Players Tour Championship and an end-of season Q School[9] became the new pro ticket events. In the PTC events, Mann managed several wins against professional players Liang Wenbo, Michael White, Dave Harold and Shaun Murphy notable casualties.[4] He also qualified for main qualifying stages of the 2010 World Open professional ranking tournament through the Landywood Snooker Centre tournament,[10] losing 0–3 to Ben Woollaston in round 1.[11][12]

Mann was also a regular competitor in the Q School events, where several two-year tour cards were on offer to semi-finalists in each event. Mann came close the third event of the 2012 Q School to winning a tour place, lost a deciding frame to Robbie Williams.[4] This performance however, enabled Mann to be a top up player for 2012 Australian Goldfields Open professional ranking event, where he reached the third round last 64 stage.[13] He also played in the 2013 event via the same method, but lost 5–1 to Stuart Carrington in first round last 128 stage.[14]

Professional[edit]

Mann won a two-year card on the professional World Snooker Tour for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons in June 2014 after winning the 2014 EBSA European Snooker Championships, beating John Whitty 7–2 in the final.[3][4][15] He missed the first two ranking tournaments of 2014/2015 season as this win came after the qualifying rounds of those events.[3] He picked up his first win on the tour by edging experienced player Peter Lines 6–5 in qualifying for the International Championship. He came through a wildcard round match 6–1 against Niu Zhuang and then made a 142 break during a 6–5 win over Wang Zepeng. In Mann's deepest run in a ranking event to date he lost 6–4 to Michael White in the last 32. He was knocked out in the first round of both the UK Championship and Welsh Open.[16] Mann saw off Alfie Burden 10–4 in World Championship qualifying and won three frames in a row, after Gerard Greene had come from 4–0 down to trail 7–6, to beat him 10–6.[17] He required one more win to reach the biggest tournament in snooker, but lost 10–6 to Alan McManus.[18] Mann was the world number 88 at the end of his first season on tour.[19]

Mann defeated Zhou Yuelong 4–2 at the Welsh Open and then narrowly lost 4–3 to Shaun Murphy.[20] At the final European Tour event, the Gdynia Open, Mann eliminated Sanderson Lam 4–3, Rhys Clark 4–3 (having been 3–0 down) and Jack Lisowski 4–2 to reach the last 16 where he lost 4–1 to Marco Fu.[21] This performance helped him finish 45th on the Order of Merit to earn a new two-year place on the snooker tour.[22] He qualified for the China Open, but was whitewashed 5–0 by Rory McLeod in the first round.[21] By beating Kishan Hirani 10–7 and Matthew Selt 10–9, Mann was one win away from playing in the World Championship and he did so by edging out Dechawat Poomjaeng 10–9.[23] The world number 74 Mann was the lowest ranked player in the event and the only debutant and he went 2–1 up early on, before struggling with his technique to lose 10–3.[24]

After winning just two of his 11 matches before the 2016 UK Championship, Mann described his 6–3 first round victory over Kyren Wilson as a massive relief.[25] He then beat Sam Baird 6–2, before falling 6–3 to Zhang Anda in the third round. At the Scottish Open he eliminated Baird 4–2 and Anthony McGill 4–1, but then lost 4–1 to Sean O'Sullivan. Mann reached the last 32 of an event for the third time this season when he overcame Michael Holt 4–1 and O'Sullivan 4–2 at the Welsh Open and he was defeated 4–2 by Kurt Maflin.[26] Having dropped off the tour at the end of the 2017/18 season he entered Q School. However, he lost in the first round of the first event to former professional Michael Judge.[27][28] He then lost in the subsequent q school events, thus ensuring that he will have to wait another year before attempting to regain professional status. [29]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 2010/
11
2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
2018/
19
Ranking[30][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] 88 [nb 4] 75 [nb 2]
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 5] Tournament Not Held Minor-Rank. LQ LQ WD
World Open LQ A A A Not Held LQ LQ A
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event 1R SF A
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR LQ A
European Masters Tournament Not Held LQ 1R A
English Open Tournament Not Held 1R 2R A
International Championship Not Held A A 2R LQ LQ LQ A
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 2R 1R A
UK Championship A A A A 1R 1R 3R 2R
Scottish Open Not Held MR Tournament Not Held 3R 2R
German Masters A A A A LQ LQ LQ LQ
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open A A A A 1R 2R 3R 1R
Shoot-Out Variant Format Event 1R 1R
Indian Open Not Held A LQ NH 1R LQ LQ
Players Championship[nb 6] DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 2R 2R
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held
China Open A A A A LQ 1R LQ LQ
World Championship A A A A LQ 1R LQ LQ
Former ranking tournaments
Australian Goldfields Open A A LQ LQ A LQ Not Held
Shanghai Masters A A A A LQ LQ LQ 1R NR
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.
  1. ^ It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b c d e He was an amateur.
  3. ^ New players don't have a ranking.
  4. ^ Players qualified through European Tour Order of Merit started the season without prize money ranking points.
  5. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  6. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)

Career finals[edit]

Amateur finals: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2007 Junior Pot Black England Jack Lisowski 1–0
Winner 2. 2014 European Snooker Championship England John Whitty 7–2
Runner-up 1. 2018 Challenge Tour - Event 2 England David Grace 0–3
Winner 3. 2018 Challenge Tour - Event 4 Wales Dylan Emery 3–0

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Career-total Statistics for Mitchell Mann – Professional". CueTracker Snooker Results & Statistics Database. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Mitchell Mann Q&A" (URL). World Snooker. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Mitchell Mann". Pro Snooker Blog. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Snooker: Aston Villa fan Mitchell Mann is back on track". birminghammail.co.uk. Birmingham Mail. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Pontins International Open Series". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 28 February 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  7. ^ "2008-09 PIOS Rankings". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  8. ^ "2008-09 PIOS Rankings". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 13 April 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  9. ^ "World Snooker Q School". World Snooker. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  10. ^ "World Open Qualifiers Line-Up Complete". birminghammail.co.uk. World Snooker. 3 November 2010. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  11. ^ "World Open Qualifiers Drawsheet". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  12. ^ "2010 World Open qualifying rounds results". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Australian Goldfields Open Qualifiers (2012)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  14. ^ "Australian Goldfields Open Qualifiers (2013)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  15. ^ "European Snooker Championships Men – Sofia/Bulgaria 2014 – knockout results". European Billiards & Snooker Association. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  16. ^ "Mitchell Mann 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  17. ^ "Mitchell Mann holds nerve to win tense contest in snooker World Championship qualifier". Tyburn Mail. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  18. ^ "Mitchell Mann loses to McManus in World Snooker Qualifiers". Tyburn Mail. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  19. ^ "World Rankings After 2015 World Championship". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 7 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  20. ^ "Rapid Rocket Punishes Peng". World Snooker. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  21. ^ a b "Mitchell Mann 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  22. ^ "European Order of Merit 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  23. ^ "West Midlands snooker star Mitchell Mann scores World Championship debut". Express & Star. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  24. ^ "Snooker: 'Demons' prove costly for Birmingham's Mitchell Mann". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  25. ^ "UK Championship 2016: Mitchell Mann's win over Kyren Wilson a 'massive relief'". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  26. ^ "Mitchell Mann 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  27. ^ http://livescores.worldsnookerdata.com/Matches/Result/14011/562051/q-school-2018-event-1
  28. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/cope-progresses-in-burton/
  29. ^ http://livescores.worldsnookerdata.com/Matches/Result/14018/609896/q-school-2018-event-3
  30. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

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