Selby Mark, English professional snooker player: biography, personal life, wins in tournaments
Snooker has long attracted many players and viewers. In many countries, in addition to Britain, millions of people today are addicted to this game.
Snooker - a popular version of the game of billiards
Interesting rules of the game, the absence of any age limits, the philosophy of the game - all this makes snooker more popular.
Tournaments are held regularly.Among them, more and less significant. More significant are the so-called rating tournaments. Less important are non-rating. But it does not become less interesting from the status of the meeting.
In place of the well-known snooker players come new, younger players, as, for example, occurred in tournaments in 2016.
The ascent of a new star
So, in a non-tournament tournament Gdynia Open wonalready many beloved snookerist from Leicester Selby Mark. At the ranking tournaments Paul Hunter Classic and International Championship of the same year, Mark also won. In addition, Selby has won a number of ranking tournaments - China Open, UK Championship, Shanghai Masters, Welsh Open.
The triumph of his victories was the title of world champion 2016, which for Szabli was the second.
Two-time world champion in snooker Mark Selbybewitches his game of many fans, and he, like all celebrities, has his fans. To watch the game of his pet, dedicated fans travel around the world buying tickets for snooker tournaments.
Biography of Mark Selby
Who is Mark Selby? The biography of this outstanding snooker player deserves a detailed examination. Mark from early childhood began his uneasy path to a great snooker.
June 19, 1983 in the English city of Leicester, Marc Anthony Selby (Mark Selby) was born.
In his hometown there were several sports clubs,in which there were snooker tables. Mark Selby snooker fell in love even in his early childhood. Regularly he began training at 7-8 years old, attending one of the social clubs. However, Mark immediately began to show extraordinary abilities, which even provoked the wrath of regular snooker halls. As Mark Selby later recalled, after a year of training, he was banned from appearing at the club, as many of his members did not want to lose to the child anymore. Officially, this prohibition was explained by the law on the use of alcohol. Later, he was still allowed to attend training, for several hours on weekends. But soon deprived of this, too, since he again began to outplay members of the club.
When in ten years Mark won his first tournament, the organizers of the club invited him to conduct an exhibition match. Not forgetting about the children's grievances, Selby refused ...
A significant event in the life and future career of Markwas a meeting with the brother of the famous professional snookerist Willie Thorn - with Malcolm Thorne. Seeing in a young man certain abilities, Thorn took over the financial costs of training and tournament nuances of life Selby.
Mark did not stand out until almost 19 years, notconsidering the won championship of England among players who have not reached the age of fifteen. He reached the semifinals of the rating tournament - China Open - in 2002. And at the age of 19 he even went to the final of the Scottish Open (Regal Scottish) tournament of 2003, but, unfortunately, he could not beat David Gray and lost with the score 9: 7.
The success of Mark Selby
In the qualifications for the world championships 2002, 2003,2004, he also reached the finals, but could not win. Up to 2006, Mark Selby did not get into the top 32, which did not foreshadow the star career.
The first World Cup, which Sebley was able toqualify, this is the 2005 tournament. But on it Mark conceded 5:10 to John Higgins. However, the 2006 World Cup was marked by the victory of Mark Selby from John Higgins with a score of 10: 4 in the first round. Although after this fortune again turned away from him, allowing to win the next round of Mark Williams with a score of 13: 9. Despite this, Mark for the first time so loudly declared himself as a player able to withstand the most famous snooker giants. Finally, Mark was in the top 32 2005/2006, finishing 28th in the ranking.
A big minus of Mark for a long time wasthe lack of a stable game. During the 2006/2007 season he took place in the decisive stages of many rating tournaments, earning points, but most importantly - strengthening his authority in the snooker world. 23-year-old Mark Selby was in the world championship - 2007 and lost to John Higgins in the difficult final. In the end, he took 11th place in the ranking, defeating such formidable players as Steven Lee, Peter Ebdon, Alistair Carter and Shawn Murphy. But the Terminator - John Higgins - could not bypass.
Almost all known snookerists with timethere are playing nicknames. Someone comes up with them himself, some people start calling the fans. So, Higgins was nicknamed Terminator for his invincibility and fighting nature. Mark has the nickname "Loudman from Leicester," which Bir Richard gave him. They say that the roots of this nickname come from the second hobby of Mark - darts. Selby occasionally performs at competitions in this sport.
In its importance after the World Cupthere is a championship of Great Britain. On it in the beginning of the season 2007/2008 Mark easily beat Harold and Hamilton. And again, Selby's lack of experience in the speeches at the highest level. Ronnie O'Sullivan was too difficult rival, and Mark lost with a score of 8: 9.
On the "Masters" in 2008 Selby was finally able toto win. In February of the same year, Selby Mark won the Welsh Open and defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan 9: 8. As a result of the 2007/2008 season Mark was already in the 4th line of the rating.
The following season again brought unpleasant surprises, losses in the "Masters" and the Premier League, and again Ronnie O`Sullivanu. By the end of the year, Selby was already at the 7th line of the rating.
Beginning of the ascent of the future leader of the top 32
The season 2009/2010 is marked by the appearance of the first incareer Selby maximum break in 147 points in the tournament Jiangsu Classic. And in the final of the competition "Masters-2010" Mark could still beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 9: 8. Despite a number of victories, in the overall ranking for the year, Selby went down even further, on the 9th line.
The 2010/2011 season was the most productive for Mark and brought him to the 3rd line of the world rating, replenished his personal baggage with 54 hundred series and a record in the number of Century for the season.
The victory at the Shanghai Masters 2011 was the seconda significant achievement for Selby for his career, and Mark took first place in the ranking. Soon known snookerist Judd Trump moved Mark from the first positions, but after Selby's victory at the UK Championship - 2012 he again regained the lead in the world ranking.
New world champion in snooker
Season-2014 brought Mark Selby the first rankThe champion of the world after a confident victory over Ronnie O'Sullivan. In addition, another victory in the first round of "Masters" was able to win Mark Selby. Ricky Walden was defeated 6-0, and Mark met Ronnie O'Sullivan again. This time, Selby conceded to him in the quarter finals of Welsh Open.
The 2016 became the year of the two-time champion Selby after winning from Dean Junhu. In addition to this impressive title, Mark entered the most elite club of multi-champions for snooker.
Mark Selby: personal life
In 2010, the engagement of Mark with VictoriaLeighton, and in May 2011 they were married in Mexico. Since then, in tournaments in which Mark Selby participates, the wife is present in the hall and supported by her husband.
November 11, 2014 they were born daughter SofiaMaria. This event caused a slight decline in Mark's activity in the tournaments held this season. He admitted to journalists that he did not want to miss a single moment of his father's happiness.
To date, a two-time world champion insnooker deservedly became Selby. Mark firmly took first place in the preliminary and official ratings. More than 430 hundred breaks scored for them throughout his career in snooker matches.