Full Name: Mark Selby
Birth date:19th June 1983
Born in: Leicester, UK
Nickname: THE JESTER FROM LEICESTER
Known for: Fun personality, exceptional break building and safety play.
Mark Anthony Selby (born 19 June 1983, Leicester, England) is an English professional snooker and pool player.
Runner up in the World Snooker Championship 2007, he was the 2006 WEPF World Eight-ball Champion. Selby has won the Masters on two occasions, the Welsh Open and the Shanghai Masters.
Known as a tough competitor, Selby is also an accomplished break-builder with over 200 centuries.
Selby reached the final qualifying round of the World Snooker Championship in 2002, 2003 and 2004, losing each time.
Early in the 2005/06 season he began to be managed by former snooker professional and fellow Leicester resident Mukesh Parmar and reached the final stages of the World Snooker Championship, at the Crucible Theatre, for the first time.
Selby went out in the first round, losing to John Higgins but has qualified for the final stages every year since, including in 2006 despite a 147 from his final qualifying round opponent Robert Milkins.
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On 20 January 2008, Selby won his first major tournament – the Saga Insurance Masters at Wembley.
En route to the final, he had edged out Stephen Hendry, Stephen Maguire and Ken Doherty, all on a 6-5 scoreline (and, in the first two cases, having been 5-3 behind). In the final against Stephen Lee, after leading 5-3 at the break Selby took control and reeled off five consecutive frames (eight-in-a-row overall from 2-3 behind) to win convincingly 10-3.
On 17 February 2008, he won a close-fought Welsh Open final, overcoming Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-8 from 5-8 down.
However, he could not reproduce his Crucible success from the previous season.
Despite going into the World Championships as one of the bookmakers’ favourites for the title, Selby was defeated 10-8 in the first round by Mark King.
The following year in the Welsh Open quarter-final, he was handed a writ by a member of the audience, supposedly his former manager George Barmby.
Selby reached the final of the Masters again where he was runner-up to Ronnie O’Sullivan, and also reached the quarter-finals of the 2009 World Championship, losing 12-13 to Higgins, who again went on to win the title.
He opened the 2009/10 season with two first round defeats, before coming from 4-8 down to beat Jamie Cope 9-8 in the first round of the UK Championship, scoring 6 breaks over 40 in those five frames.
On 17 January 2010, Selby won his second Masters title after reaching the final for the third time in as many years in a repeat of the previous year’s final, where he lost to Ronnie O’Sullivan.
O’Sullivan took a commanding lead at 9-6 leaving him just one frame from victory, but Selby played some of his best snooker of the season to overcome the three-frame deficit, taking the championship 10-9 and the £150,000 winner’s cheque.
At the 2011 World Championship, Selby set the record for the most century breaks compiled in a world championship match when he made six in his second round tie with Stephen Hendry.
It was also a record for a best-of-25 match and took Selby’s century tally for the season to 54, setting a new record for the most centuries compiled in a season.
At the Shanghai Masters Selby won his second major ranking event by defeating Mark Williams 10-9 in the final, having trailed 9-7. The win also meant Selby usurped Williams as the world No.1, making him the first player to top the world rankings without previously winning the World Championship.
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