Chris Melling (pool player)

Christopher Melling (born 27 January 1979) is an English professional pool and snooker player and former world number 1 at World Rules British Eight-Ball. He won the WEPF World Rules World Championship twice, in 2001 and 2003. He was ranked #1 in 2003 by the World Eightball Pool Federation.[2] Melling has also twice won the International Pool Masters (2001 and 2002) and the European Professional title (2002). He was the first player to win two International Tour events back to back. His entrance by walk-on music is from the song “Wannabe” by Spice Girls.

Chris Melling
Pool player Chris Melling.jpg
Melling in 2012
Born (1979-01-27) 27 January 1979 (age 43)[1]
Sport country England
Nickname"The Magician"
Tournament wins
World Champion2001, 2003
(WEPF Eight-ball Pool World Champions)


In 2001, Melling reached the last 16 of the 2001 WPA World Nine-ball Championship in Cardiff, beating Steve Davis along the way.[3]

Melling tours worldwide to pursue his 9-ball pool career. In October 2010 he won his first European 9-Ball event - the Portugal Open. On 12 June 2011 Melling was crowned China Open champion and received $40,000. This was his first major 9-Ball Pool tournament victory.

In December 2011, Melling participated in the 18th annual Mosconi Cup, and won four of his six matches.[4] A year later he won the Most Valuable Player Award in the 2012 Mosconi Cup.[5]

In January 2013, he reached the final of the Chinese 8-Ball Masters, losing to Gareth Potts. He also lost to Potts in the final of the 2005 World Rules 8-Ball Championship. Also in 2013 he reached the quarter finals of the 2013 WPA World Nine-ball Championship, the World Masters, World Cup of Pool and finished 5th in the US Open 9-Ball Championship.

In May 2014, Melling entered snooker Q School in an attempt to regain his professional status and defeated the likes of former professionals Daniel Wells and Chen Zhe 4–3 and 4–1 respectively, before winning his quarter-final match against Duane Jones 4–3 to earn a two-year tour card for the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons.[6] This saw him become the first person to have been a professional in 8-Ball Pool, 9-Ball Pool and Snooker at the same time.

His first match as a professional saw him beat 2003 UK Championship winner Matthew Stevens 5–4 to qualify for the 2014 Wuxi Classic, but he lost 5–1 to Zhao Xintong in the first round.[7] Melling also played in the first round of the International Championship by defeating Luca Brecel 6–5 and was knocked out 6–1 by Zhou Yuelong. His first victory at the venue stage of a ranking event came at the Welsh Open after he edged out Nigel Bond 4–3, before being whitewashed 4–0 by home favourite Michael White in the second round.[7]

The 2015–16 season proved harder for Melling as he could only win four matches all year.[8] He dropped off the tour at the end of the season and could not win enough matches at Q School to win his place back.[9]

Pool titlesEdit

Snooker titlesEdit

Non-ranking wins (1)Edit

  • 2002 Challenge Tour - Event 1


  1. ^ "Chris Melling". Retrieved 31 December 2020.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Men's Individual Rankings". World Eight-ball Pool Federation. Archived from the original on 3 May 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  3. ^ "2001 WPA World Pool Championship" (PDF). Cue Sports Nova. July 18, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 23, 2015. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Yates, Phil (January 2012). "Europe regains Mosconi Cup". Snooker Scene. pp. 43–44.
  5. ^ Yates, Phil (January 2013). "Europe hold off USA to retain Mosconi Cup". Snooker Scene. pp. 38–40.
  6. ^ "Melling / Steadman / Tian / Zhang Qualify". World Snooker. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Chris Melling 2014/2015". Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Chris Melling 2015/2016". Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Q School Order of Merit". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 5 May 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2016.

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