Date of Birth: 5 February 1991
Highest Break: 144
Anthony McGill is a Scottish professional snooker player. He is a practice partner of Alan McManus.
McGill turned professional in 2010, after finishing fourth in the 2009/2010 PIOS rankings.
He was runner-up to Stuart Carrington in the 2006 Junior Pot Black.
He was runner-up in the 2008 European Under-19′s Championship behind Stephen Craigie.
In the 2009/2010 season he won the fifth event of the International Open Series and finished fourth in the rankings.
Thus, McGill received a place on the professional Main Tour for 2010/2011. He reached his first professional final losing 1–6 to John Higgins in the 2011 Scottish Professional Championship.
McGill did not manage to qualify for the main stage of any ranking event tournaments during the season, reaching the final qualifying on one occasion in an attempt to reach the German Masters. He reached the semi-finals of Event 3 in the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship series, which included wins over experienced campaigners Matthew Stevens and Stephen Lee, before losing 0–4 to Ben Woollaston.
McGill’s season concluded with an 8–10 defeat to Anthony Hamilton in the penultimate qualifying round for the World Championship, finishing the season ranked world number 50.
McGill could only qualify for the China Open during the 2012/2013 season. He beat David Grace, Yu Delu and Martin Gould to reach the venue in Beijing, where he defeated Heydari Nezhad Ehsan 5–3 in the wildcard round.
He faced Mark Allen in the last 32 and lost 1–5. McGill had a very good season in the Players Tour Championship events by reaching his first ever ranking final in the European Tour Event 5, played in his homeland of Scotland. He saw off the likes of Mark Davis and Robert Milkins to make it through to the quarter-finals where he was 0–3 and 51 points down against Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon to triumph 4–3.
He was also 1–3 down in the semis to Andrew Higginson, but recovered to win on a respotted black. McGill played Ding Junhui in the final and came up short of winning the title as he lost 2–4. The run helped him to 16th on the PTC Order of Merit to qualify for the Finals,[ where he beat Milkins 4–2 before once again losing to Ding, this time by a 3–4 scoreline.
In the third round of World Championship Qualifying McGill fought back from 3–8 down against Rod Lawler to force a decider which Lawler won. McGill ended the season at number 48 in the world rankings, at that point his highest position.
McGill lost in qualifying for the first three events of the season, but at the Indian Open he reached the quarter-finals of a ranking tournament for the first time. He faced Robbie Williams and was whitewashed 4–0. At the minor-ranking Zhengzhou Open he let a 2–0 lead slip in the semi-finals against Liang Wenbo to lose 4–3.
McGill was beaten in the last 32 of ranking events on three further occasions during the season.
McGill began the season with a 5–3 loss to John Higgins in the first round of the Wuxi Classic. He reached the semi-finals of the Riga Open after beating Judd Trump 4–3, but lost in another final frame decider against Mark Allen.
McGill eliminated both Michael Georgiou and Igor Figueiredo by 6–4 scorelines at the UK Championship and then came back from 4–1 down against Nigel Bond to triumph 6–5. He reached his first UK quarter-final by holding on to beat John Higgins 6–5 after being 4–1 up, but attributed the win to Higgins’ bad form rather than his own good play.
McGill then lost 6–4 to Ronnie O’Sullivan after being 2–0 ahead and admitted he had blown his opportunity to knock out the four-time UK champion after failing to capitalise on the many chances that came his way during the game. However, he did break into the top 32 in the world rankings for the first time after the event.
McGill finished the year by qualifying for the televised stages of the World Championship for the first time, after coming through three matches, ending with a 10–9 victory over Mark King which he closed with a 127 break. Compatriot Stephen Maguire leveled their first round match at 9–9 after having been 9–5 behind, but McGill once again made a century break in the deciding frame, this time a 122.
McGill then knocked out defending champion Mark Selby 13–9 in the second round, with Selby stating that he believed McGill could win the title if he could maintain his form. In the third ranking event quarter-final of his career, McGill lost 13–8 to Shaun Murphy.
The crowd warmed to McGill during his run in the tournament due to him smiling frequently between shots and displaying a relaxed attitude. He was the world number 24 afterwards, resulting in a climb of 21 places in 12 months.
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