Anthony Hamilton Player Profile
Anthony Hamilton Stats
Date of birth: 29 June, 1971
First turned professional: 1991
Highest ranking: 10
Ranking titles: 1
Triple Crown titles: 0
Crucible best: quarter-final
Masters appearances: 5
147 breaks: 0
Anthony Hamilton has been one of snooker’s longest serving pros on the Main Tour, beginning his career as a professional in 1991.
Originally from Nottingham, he was affectionately nicknamed the Sheriff of Pottingham and the Robin Hood of Snooker.
A talented player who was a high scorer in his heyday, it took only a handful of years for Hamilton to climb up the rankings and break into the top 16.
In 1994 and 1995, he won several non-ranking titles, including two events on the Strachan Open series and two tournaments in Australia.
But in one of the most competitive eras at the top of the sport, Hamilton found it difficult to break through as a genuine title contender.
There were several defeats at the quarter-final stages of ranking event, including four times at the World Championship between 2000 and 2007.
In 1999, however, he reached his first ranking final in the British Open.
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Despite Hamilton having started the match with two century breaks, opponent Fergal O’Brien won several crucial frames on the black and eventually ran out a 9-7 champion.
Three years later, Hamilton reached the final of the China Open but was denied in even more agonising fashion – losing the last four frames in a 9-8 reverse to Mark Williams.
As time passed and Hamilton’s tenure in the elite bracket came to an end, he was granted the undesirable moniker of being the best player to have never won a ranking title.
This was intensified further at the 2010 Paul Hunter Classic – at the time a minor ranking tournament – when he lost 4-3 to Judd Trump in the title decider.
But redemption finally came in a remarkable run at the 2017 German Masters.
After beating a star-studded cast that included Williams, Mark Selby, Barry Hawkins, and Stuart Bingham to reach the final in Berlin, he overcame Ali Carter in front of a jubilant Tempodrom crowd to land that elusive piece of silverware at the age of 45.
Suffering from various injuries in his latter years, Hamilton has done well to survive on the Main Tour and his professional tenure entered its fourth decade in 2021.
Ranking Event Victories
- 2017 German Masters
Other Notable Victories
- Strachan Challenge Event 1 (1994)
- Strachan Challenge Event 2 (1994)
- Australian Masters (1995)
- Australian Open (1995)
Featured photo credit: WST
Anthony Hamilton Player Profile
SHQ Stars: How it works
|Rating||SHQ Stars||Career Requirements|
|Black||★★★★★★★||multiple world champion; 30+ ranking titles; career triple crown; world no.1 (at least 3)|
|Pink||★★★★★★||world champion; 10+ ranking titles; multiple winner of triple crown events; member of top 2; 15+ seasons in top 16 (at least 3)|
|Blue||★★★★★||winner of triple crown event; 5+ ranking titles; member of top 4; 12+ seasons in top 16 (at least 2)|
|Brown||★★★★||2+ ranking titles; member of top 8; triple crown event finalist; 8+ seasons in the top 16 (at least 2)|
|Green||★★★||ranking title; member of top 16 (at least 1)|
|Yellow||★★||member of top 64|