Date of Birth: May 18 1975
Nickname: The Wizard of Wishaw, The Toughest
Highest ranking: 1
World Champion: 1998, 2007, 2009, 2011
John Higgins, MBE is a professional snooker player from Scotland. Since turning professional in 1992, he has won 26 ranking titles, including four World Championships and three UK Championships, as well as two Masters titles, making him one of the most successful players in the modern history of snooker.
In terms of world titles in the modern era, Higgins is fifth behind Stephen Hendry (7), Steve Davis (6), Ray Reardon (6) and Ronnie O’Sullivan (5). In terms of ranking titles, he is fourth behind Hendry (36), Davis (28), and O’Sullivan (27).
Known as a prolific break-builder, he has compiled more than 578 century breaks in professional tournaments,placing him third behind O’Sullivan and Hendry. He has also compiled 7 competitive maximum breaks, placing him third behind O’Sullivan (13) and Hendry (11). For 16 consecutive full seasons from 1996/1997 to 2011/2012, Higgins never fell below 6th in the world rankings, and was world number 1 on four occasions.
In 2010, the News of the World tabloid newspaper carried out a sting operation in a hotel room in Ukraine, which claimed to show Higgins and his then-manager arranging to lose specific frames in future matches for money. Although an investigation cleared Higgins of match-fixing allegations, it found that he had brought the sport into disrepute by failing to report, and giving the impression of agreeing with, an invitation to breach the sport’s betting rules. The WPBSA banned Higgins from professional competition for six months and fined him £75,000. He returned to the tour midway through the 2010/2011 season.
After his return to snooker, Higgins added a third UK Championship title and claimed his fourth world title in 2011. He subsequently experienced a noted slump in form, and has won only two further ranking events since then, the 2012 Shanghai Masters and the 2015 Welsh Open. He has spoken frequently in this period about his struggles with confidence and consistency.
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