Mark King Player Profile
|DOB: 28 Mar, 1974||Nationality: England||First Turned Pro: 1991|
|Highest Ranking: 11||Ranking Titles: 1||147 Breaks: 0|
SHQ Stars: ★★★
Mark King has been an ever-present on the Main Tour for more than three decades.
The Romford player first turned professional way back in 1991 and has forged a commendable career at the highest level.
King enjoyed a steady rise up the rankings list during his early years on the circuit and embarked on a maiden run to a ranking event final at the 1997 Welsh Open.
Although he lost heavily to Stephen Hendry in that title decider, his strong displays culminated in a top 16 berth at the end of the 1997/1998 campaign.
For the next five or so years he generally managed to hold onto his spot among the elite bracket, reaching a career-high position of number 11.
A second ranking event final appearance came in 2004 but there was defeat again, this time at the Irish Masters to Peter Ebdon.
Known more for his battling qualities than his ability to score heavily, King held firm within the top 32 of the rankings for much of the rest of his career.
But a piece of silverware in a big tournament proved elusive for a long time.
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King flirted with the business end of tournaments on occasions, but it appeared as though his best chances to land success were behind him.
However, that all changed with a memorable run at the 2016 Northern Ireland Open in Belfast.
King reached the final, where he fought back from 5-1 behind to deny Barry Hawkins in a dramatic deciding-frame thriller.
His emotional post-match victory speech reflected years of hard work that finally proved to be worth it.
Ranking Event Victories
- 2016 Northern Ireland Open
Other Notable Victories
- Fürth German Open (2005)
- Austrian Open (2005)
Featured photo credit: WST
Mark King 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|