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Alex Borg (born 5 June 1969) is a Maltese professional snooker player.

Alex Borg
Alex Borg PHC 2016-1.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2016
Born (1969-06-05) 5 June 1969 (age 50)
Sport country Malta
Professional1991–1997, 1998/1999, 2001/2002, 2005–2007, 2013–2015, 2016–2018, 2019–
Highest ranking80 (2005/2006)
Current ranking 125 (as of 9 December 2019)
Career winnings£53,269
Highest break135:
2003 Challenge Tour Event 2
Century breaks15
Best ranking finishLast 32 (2018 Snooker Shoot-Out)

CareerEdit

Borg first turned professional in 1991, and regularly appeared as a wild card in the Malta Grand Prix, where throughout the events history he managed to beat the likes of Nigel Bond and John Higgins. His best performances were reaching the semi-final in 1997 and 1998. He also competed as a wild card in the Malta Cup. However, in ranking events he hasn't had such success, his best finish being to the last 64, he has achieved this on three occasions, all in the Grand Prix. He has won the EBSA European Snooker Championships twice, the first in 2005 where he beat Kristján Helgason 7–2 in the final, and the following year when he beat Jeff Cundy 7–5. In 2016, he won against Alexander Ursenbacher in Q-School Event 2 to gain a further two-year tour card. Malta’s Borg endured a difficult opening to the season in 2016/17, losing his first eight matches on tour. His best win of the season was a 5–1 win over Jack Lisowski at the 2017 China Open.

In June 2019, Borg came through Q-School - Event 3 by winning six matches to earn a two-year card on the World Snooker Tour for the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 seasons. Unfortunately he lost his first two matches against Tom Ford and Daniel Wells .[1]

In 2019, the Maltese Billiard and Snooker Association (MBSA) announced that he will be the captain of the Maltese Team during the 2019 World Cup held in China alongside his team mate Brian Cini. He also represented Malta with Tony Drago and Duncan Bezzina during the past years.

Borg started the season by losing his first four games, with his best result against Hamilton, with the final score being 5-4 to Hamilton.

Beat 6-0 by Neil Robertson in the opening of the 2019 UK Championship where he successfully only potted the white ball.

Borg currently resides in Mellieha, Malta.[2]

Performance and ranking timelineEdit

Tournament 1991/
92
1992/
93
1993/
94
1994/
95
1995/
96
1996/
97
1997/
98
1998/
99
1999/
00
2000/
01
2001/
02
2003/
04
2004/
05
2005/
06
2006/
07
2007/
08
2013/
14
2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
2019/
20
Ranking[3][nb 1] [nb 2] 241 193 180 174 164 [nb 3] [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 2] 84 [nb 3] [nb 2] 80 [nb 3] [nb 2] 83 [nb 2]
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 4] Tournament Not Held Minor-Rank. LQ 1R LQ
International Championship Tournament Not Held LQ LQ A LQ LQ LQ
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR LQ LQ
English Open Tournament Not Held 1R 1R 1R
World Open[nb 5] LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ A 1R A A LQ A A LQ LQ A LQ Not Held LQ LQ LQ
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 2R 2R 1R
UK Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ A A LQ A A LQ LQ A 1R 1R A 1R 1R 1R
Scottish Open[nb 6] NH LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ A A LQ A Tournament Not Held Not Held 2R 1R 1R
European Masters[nb 7] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ NH LQ Not Held LQ A WR LQ LQ NR Not Held LQ LQ
German Masters[nb 8] Tournament Not Held LQ LQ A NR Tournament Not Held LQ A A LQ LQ
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held Variant Format 1R 3R
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ A A LQ A A LQ LQ A LQ 2R A 2R 1R
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR A 1R
Players Championship[nb 9] Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
China Open[nb 10] Tournament Not Held NR LQ A A LQ NH A LQ LQ A LQ A A WR LQ
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ A A LQ LQ A LQ LQ A LQ LQ A LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters A LQ A A A A A A A A A A A A LQ A A A A A A
World Seniors Championship A Tournament Not Held A WD A A A A
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship[nb 11] Tournament Not Held RR RR A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Classic LQ Tournament Not Held
Strachan Open[nb 12] LQ MR NR Tournament Not Held
Dubai Classic[nb 13] LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Malta Grand Prix Not Held Non-Ranking Event WR NR Tournament Not Held
Thailand Masters[nb 14] LQ A LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ A A LQ Not Held NR Tournament Not Held
British Open LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ A A LQ A A Tournament Not Held
Irish Masters Non-Ranking Event A A NH NR Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Tournament Not Held NR LQ A Tournament Not Held
Wuxi Classic[nb 15] Tournament Not Held A LQ Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open[nb 16] Not Held NR Tournament Not Held A LQ A Not Held
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held A LQ LQ A LQ LQ NR
Paul Hunter Classic[nb 17] Tournament Not Held Pro-am Event Minor-Ranking 1R 2R NR
Indian Open Tournament Not Held LQ A NH LQ LQ NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Malta Grand Prix Not Held 1R QF 1R SF SF R RR Tournament Not Held
European Masters[nb 18] Ranking Event Tournament Not Held Ranking Event RR Not Held Ranking
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
DQ disqualified from the tournament
NH / Not Held event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event event is/was a ranking event.
RV / Ranking & Variant Format Event means an event is/was a ranking & variant format event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
PA / Pro-am Event means an event is/was a pro-am event.
VF / Variant Format Event means an event is/was a variant format event.
  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g He was not on the Main Tour.
  4. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  5. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix (1991/1992–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010), the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
  6. ^ The event was called the International Open (1992/1993–1996/1997) and the Players Championship (2003/2004)
  7. ^ The event was called the European Open (1991/1992-1996/1997 & 2001/2002-2003/2004), Irish Open (1998/1999) and the Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
  8. ^ The event was called the German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
  9. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013) and the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014–2015/2016)
  10. ^ The event was called the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
  11. ^ The event was called the Six-red World Grand Prix (2009/2010)
  12. ^ The event was called the Strachan Challenge (1992/1993–1993/1994)
  13. ^ The event was called the Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and the Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  14. ^ The event was called the Asian Open (1991/1992–1992/1993) and the Thailand Open (1993/1994–1996/1997)
  15. ^ The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
  16. ^ The event was called the Australian Open (1994/1995) and the Australian Masters (1995/1996)
  17. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2005/2006–2006/2007)
  18. ^ The event was called the Malta Cup (2007/2008)

Career finalsEdit

Amateur finals: 20 (13 titles, 7 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1996 Malta Amateur Championship   Paul Mifsud 4–8
Runner-up 2. 1997 Malta Amateur Championship   Joe Grech 7–8
Winner 1. 1998 Malta Amateur Championship   Joe Grech 8–7
Runner-up 3. 1998 EBSA European Snooker Championships   Kristján Helgason 2–7
Runner-up 4. 1999 Malta Amateur Championship   Joe Grech 6–8
Winner 2. 2001 Malta Amateur Championship   Simon Zammit 8–5
Runner-up 5. 2002 Malta Amateur Championship   Simon Zammit 6–8
Winner 3. 2004 Malta Amateur Championship   Joe Grech 8–4
Runner-up 6. 2004 EBSA European Snooker Championships (2)   Mark Allen 6–7
Winner 4. 2005 EBSA European Snooker Championships   Kristján Helgason 7–2
Winner 5. 2005 Malta Amateur Championship   Simon Zammit 7–4
Winner 6. 2006 EBSA European Snooker Championships (2)   Jeff Cundy 7–5
Winner 7. 2006 Malta Amateur Championship   Simon Zammit 7–2
Winner 8. 2007 Malta Amateur Championship   Simon Zammit 7–4
Winner 9. 2008 Malta Amateur Championship   Simon Zammit 7–3
Winner 10. 2009 Malta Amateur Championship   Duncan Bezzina 7–2
Winner 11. 2012 Malta Amateur Championship   Duncan Bezzina 7–4
Winner 12. 2014 Malta Amateur Championship   Duncan Bezzina 6–4
Winner 13. 2015 Malta Amateur Championship   Duncan Bezzina 6–5
Runner-up 14. 2016 Malta Amateur Championship   Brian Cini 2–6
Winner 15. 2019 Second MBSA Amateur Ranking Tournament   Duncan Bezzina 5-4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Q School Event Three Winners". World Snooker. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.worldsnooker.com/players/alex-borg/
  3. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

External linksEdit