Victory for Neil Robertson in the 2022 Masters means that his amazing streak of having won at least one piece of silverware each calendar year continues.
The Australian triumphed for the first time on the Main Tour all the way back in 2006 at the Grand Prix, and each year since the 39 year-old has successfully added to his trophy cabinet.
Robertson’s 10-4 defeat of Barry Hawkins in Sunday’s Masters final at the Alexandra Palace extends that special streak to 17, an incredible feat of consistency.
An almost constant presence among the top four or five in the world rankings across the last decade, it underlines just how long the man from Melbourne has been producing top-quality snooker for.
A second Masters glory brings his career tally of Triple Crown titles to six, and Robertson has also won prestigious crowns at the likes of the Champion of Champions, the Tour Championship, and the China Open as well.
“Oh 2022, I can tick that one,” Neil Robertson jubilantly responded when reminded he had added yet another year to his stellar streak of annual titles during his post-final interview with the World Snooker Tour.
“I didn’t actually think of that. I usually always do, the first tournament of the calendar year where I get to the final I’m thinking check this one off and you’re done for the year.”
“When I won my first one I was like, ‘oh wow, I’ve won one. There we go, I can go back to Australia happy now.’ Who would have thought that I’d still be here 16 years later?
“I think a lot of things happened a few years after that when Barry Hearn really took things over and really drove snooker through the next few levels to give us even more opportunities to play.
“Really good tournaments with amazing crowds and really good prizes, so he’s been a massive part of that, of allowing myself and all the other great players in the game to win as much as we have.
“The year I won the world title there were only six ranking events on the circuit and there wasn’t really much to go around, so now you look at the tour and it’s in an incredibly healthy place.
“We have a wonderful mix of international players as well, so the sport is only looking good for the future ahead as well.”
Neil Robertson’s Annual Titles
World Snooker Championship
Alex Higgins International Trophy
Champion of Champions
Hong Kong Masters
Champion of Champions
World Grand Prix
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