Date of Birth: 21 January 1971
Highest Ranking: 6
Highest Break: 147
Alan McManus is a Scottish professional snooker player. A mainstay in the world’s top 16 during the 1990s and 2000s, McManus has won two ranking events, the 1994 Dubai Classic and the 1996 Thailand Open, and was a world semi-finalist in 1992 and 1993.
He also won the 1994 Masters, ending Stephen Hendry’s five-year, 23 match unbeaten streak at the tournament with a 9–8 victory in the final.
McManus has long been considered a consistently good player as his record of sixteen consecutive seasons in the Top 16 testifies, but never managed to achieve the success of his contemporaries such as Stephen Hendry, Ken Doherty, Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins.
He was ranked in the Top 16 from 1990 to 2006, dropping out after an unsuccessful 2005/2006 season. His highest ranking was sixth (in 1993/94 and 1996/97). He has reached twenty-one professional semi-finals, but won only four events. He has reached the semi-finals of the World Championship twice, but has never appeared in a final. Until 2005 he had gone eleven years without reaching the quarter-finals of the tournament, despite consistent achievements in other events.
The highlight of his career to date was claiming the Masters title at Wembley in 1994, defeating Stephen Hendry 9–8 in the final to end Hendry’s unbeaten run in the tournament, which dated back to 1989.
His last major final was at the 2002 LG Cup at the Guild Hall in Preston when he lost 9-5 to countryman Chris Small.
A series of poor results in the 2005–2006 season saw him drop out of the top 16 for the first time since 1991. He reached the semi finals of the 2006 Snooker Grand Prix, losing to Neil Robertson. He lost a World Championship qualifier 10–9 to journeyman Joe Delaney in 2007.
This loss begun an extremely quiet six to seven year period for the Scot, who then failed to qualify for any UK or World Championships between 2007 and 2013, and also had severe struggles qualifying for the other ranking events. This saw him quickly drop out the top 16 and 32. His poor form peaked in the 2009/2010 season where he failed to qualify for any of the main stages of the tournaments he took part in.
McManus was unable to qualify for any of the major venues during the 2011/12 season and he finished it ranked No 52 in the world.
McManus made a good start to the 2012/2013 Season, beating Tony Drago and Robert Milkins to qualify for the final stages of the Australian Goldfields Open in Bendigo, there he beat local wildcard James Mifsud 5-0, before exiting the tournament by the same scoreline against Ding Junhui.
At the 2013 Welsh Open, McManus made his first quarter final since the 2006 Grand Prix with a 4-2 win over the number 16 seed Barry Hawkins, followed by a superb comeback to beat Joe Perry 4-3, after trailing 0-3. In the quarter-final he lost to compatriot Stephen Maguire by 3 frames to 5.
The following tournament, the Haikou World Open saw McManus win 3 matches in qualifying to reach the latter stages of the tournament, he then beat local wildcard Lin Shuai 5-3, before facing compatriot John Higgins, McManus put in a good performance but ultimately lost 5-3, but picked up valuable ranking points in the process.
McManus made a good start to the Players Tour Championship, reaching the quarter-finals of the first event, losing to Andrew Higginson by 4 frames to 3. He carried this good form to the PTC event 2, once again reaching the quarter-finals before losing 4-1 to eventual runner up Stephen Maguire.
However, he only managed four last 32 results from the rest of the events. This led to him being ranked 31st in the Order of Merit, just missing out on the top 28 players that qualified for the finals
At the 2013 World Snooker Championship, McManus, in qualifying, beat one of India’s rising stars Aditya Mehta 10-9, in an epic encounter that lasted just over 9 hours. He then defeated 1995 World finalist Nigel Bond 10-8 in the penultimate qualifying round.
In the final qualifying round he led Tom Ford 5-4 after the first session, he then reeled off 5 of the next 6 frames of the second session to book his place at the crucible for the first time since 2006. At the venue, he lost to Ding Junhui 5-10, picking up £12,000 for his efforts.
An example of McManus’s consistency as a snooker player is shown in the fact that his first whitewash of his professional career came in his 0-5 defeat to Peter Ebdon at the 1998 Grand Prix, his 312th match as a professional player.
McManus earned £49,442 during the 2012/2013 Season.
At the start of the 2013/2014 Season, McManus was ranked 49th in the World Rankings. At the 2013 Wuxi Classic qualifiers, he won his qualifying match 5-3 against Daryl Hill, to qualify for the Last 64 of the event held in Wuxi.
At the venue, he defeated Ken Doherty 5-3, before losing to Dave Gilbert 2-5. At the first Asian Tour event, he defeated players such as Michael White, before beating local favorite Ding Junhui 4-2 in the Last 16. He then defeated Yu Delu 4-1 in the quarter-finals, in the semi-final, he lost to eventual winner Joe Perry 2-4, despite being 2-1 up.
McManus qualified for the inaugural Indian Open, beating amateur Sydney Wilson 4-1 in qualifying. He was then beaten 1-4 in the Last 64 by Zhang Anda. McManus followed up this result by qualifying for the International Championship by beating Darren Cook 6-0.
He then defeated local wildcard Zhou Yuelong 6-5, coming back from 2-4 down. In the Last 64 he produced the shock of the tournament by beating defending champion Judd Trump 6-5, after being 3-4 down. However, he was defeated 4-6 by Ryan Day in the following round. At the UK Championship, McManus defeated Joel Walker 6-5, winning the match on a respotted black, before losing to Michael Holt 4-6 in the Last 64.
McManus reached the Last 16 of the German Masters, defeating Jak Jones 5-1 in qualifying. At the Tempodrom he defeated Peter Ebdon and Jack Lisowski, both by 5-2 scorelines before losing 2-5 against Michael Holt.
McManus continued his good form into the final European Tour event of the season, where he reached the last 16 by defeating players such as Neil Robertson and Graeme Dott before losing to Fergal O’Brien. Despite also reaching the last 16 of the final Asian Tour Event of the season, McManus narrowly missed out on qualification for the Players Championship Grand Final by one place.
McManus lost to Mark King in the second round of the Welsh Open and failed to qualify for the China Open, but was to finish the season strongly. He reached the Quarter Final of the World Open losing to Mark Selby.
He then enjoyed a run to the Quarter Final of the 2014 World Snooker Championship beating John Higgins 10-7 and then Ken Doherty 13-8 to set up another Quarter Final with Mark Selby. McManus performed well early on in the match but Selby was to run away with the match in the second session to leave McManus trailing 4-12. McManus was able to claw back the first frame of the final session but Selby won the next frame to win the match 13-5.
McManus continued his good form into the 2014/2015 season by reaching the last 16 of the first ranking event of the season, the 2014 Wuxi Classic, where he was beaten 5–2 by Barry Hawkins. He then reached the last 16 of the Australian Goldfields Open, before losing 5–3 to Judd Trump.
McManus reached the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters by beating Jamie Jones to qualify, before defeating Ronnie O’Sullivan 5–3 and Stephen Maguire 5–1 but then lost to the eventual winner of the tournament Stuart Bingham 5–1.
McManus was able to keep up his 100% record in qualifying matches for the season by comfortably defeating Michael Georgiou to qualify for the International Championship, but was edged out by Anthony McGill in last 64 of the tournament. McManus lost in the first round of the UK Championship to Joel Walker.
He won his first qualifier for the 2015 German Masters against Zak Surety but was then defeated in the final qualifying round by Matthew Selt. McManus had a good run in Welsh Open reaching the last 16 before losing to Maguire. He performed well in the season’s European Tour Events, finishing 18th on the Order of Merit.
He played in four of the six events, reaching one quarter-final with a further three last 16 appearances. This gave him entry into the Grand Final where he was defeated 4–1 by Bingham in the first round. An inconsistent performance against Ali Carter at the World Championship saw McManus bow out 10–5 in the first round.
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