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Basem Abdullah Eltahhan (born 17 August 1982 in Alexandria, Egypt) is an Egyptian former professional snooker player. Eltahhan turned professional in 2017 winning the African Championship.

Basem Eltahhan
Basem Eltahhan PHC 2018-1.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2018
Born (1982-08-17) 17 August 1982 (age 37)
Alexandria, Egypt
Sport country Egypt
NicknameThe Magico
Highest ranking97 (June 2018)
Career winnings£500
Highest break99:
2017 UK Championship
Best ranking finishLast 64 (2018 Snooker Shoot-Out)



In 2017, Eltahhan beat fellow countryman Wael Talaat 6–5 in the final of the African Championship. The win gained him a two-year card on the World Snooker Tour for the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 seasons.

Due to lack of sponsorship Eltahhan couldn't make his professional debut until the 2017 English Open.[1] His only match win during the season came at the single-frame Shoot-Out event, although he impressed at the 2017 UK Championship, battling world number 1 Mark Selby before ultimately losing 4–6; Selby praised his opponent afterwards, saying that Eltahhan played like a top-32 player.[2] Eltahhan failed to win a single match during the next season, which ended with a 10-0 whitewash at the hands of Liang Wenbo at the 2019 World Championship qualifying rounds, and thus was relegated from the tour.

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 2016/
Ranking[3][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 3] 97
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 4] A A LQ
World Open A A LQ
Paul Hunter Classic A A 1R
China Championship NR A LQ
European Masters A A LQ
English Open A 1R A
International Championship A A A
Northern Ireland Open A 1R 1R
UK Championship A 1R 1R
Scottish Open A 1R 1R
German Masters A LQ LQ
World Grand Prix DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open A 1R A
Shoot-Out A 2R A
Indian Open A A LQ
Players Championship DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open A A A
Tour Championship Not Held DNQ
China Open A LQ A
World Championship A LQ LQ
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship RR A A
Former ranking tournaments
Shanghai Masters A A NR
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
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
  1. ^ It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ He was an amateur.
  3. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  4. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2015/2016)

Career finalsEdit

Amateur finals: 1 (1 title)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2017 ABSF African Snooker Championships   Wael Talaat 6–5


  1. ^ "UK Snooker Championship 2017: World number 131 Basem Eltahhan prepares to meet Mark Selby". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  2. ^ "UK Snooker Championship 2017: Mark Selby defeats Basem Eltahhan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Ranking History". Retrieved 6 February 2011.

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