Tuesday 12 December 2017

Snooker: John Higgins factfile

1975: Born May 18 in Wishaw.

1992: Begins his professional snooker career.

1994: Wins Grand Prix title, his first ranking event title, by beating Dave Harold in the final.

1995: Wins International Open, British Open and German Open.

1996: Makes successful defence of International Open title.

1997: Wins German Open and European Open.

1998: Wins World Championship for first time, beating Ken Doherty in the final.

Also wins British Open and UK Championship. Becomes world number one for the first time.

1999: Wins the Masters, China International and Grand Prix.

2000: Wins UK Championship and Welsh Open.

2001: Wins British Open. Loses 18-12 to Ronnie O'Sullivan in World Championship final.

2003: Becomes first player to make two 147 breaks in successive matches at world ranking events. The first comes in the final of the LG Cup, although Higgins is beaten by Mark Williams. The second arrives in his opening match at the British Open against Michael Judge.

2004: Wins British Open.

2005: Wins Grand Prix, beating O'Sullivan 9-2, and in that match becomes the first player to make century breaks in four successive frames at a ranking tournament.

2006: Wins Masters, coming from 9-8 down to beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-9.

2007: Wins World Championship, beating Mark Selby 18-13 in a match which finishes at 12.54am. Announces plans to create a World Series of Snooker, to run alongside the WPBSA's regular calendar of ranking events.

2008: Awarded MBE in New Year Honours. Wins Grand Prix in Glasgow, beating Ryan Day. First World Series of Snooker season begins and takes the sport to European cities including Berlin, Moscow and Warsaw.

2009: Wins third World Championship title, beating Shaun Murphy 18-9 in the final. Loses UK Championship final to Ding Junhui.

2010 - January: Wins Welsh Open.

April: Suffers shock second-round defeat to Steve Davis at World Championship.

May: Higgins is filmed by the News of the World newspaper allegedly agreeing to accept £261,000 in return for agreeing to fix the outcome of four frames in matches to be played later that year. Higgins strenuously denies any wrongdoing.

May 9: Higgins releases a statement in which he says he will "vigorously defend" himself in the face of allegations he agreed to fix frames and again insisted he is "100% innocent".

September 8: Higgins is handed a six-month suspension and fined £75,000 after admitting "intentionally giving the impression to others that they were agreeing to act in breach of the betting rules" and failing to report the matter to World Snooker.

The more serious charges of "agreeing or offering" to accept bribes and "agreeing to engage in corrupt or fraudulent conduct" were withdrawn by the association following a two-day hearing in London.

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