Kirk Stevens (born August 17, 1958 in Toronto) is a Canadian former professional snooker player.

Kirk Stevens
Born (1958-08-17) August 17, 1958 (age 61)
Toronto
Sport country Canada
NicknameCaptain
White Magic
Professional1978–1993, 1998/1999
Highest ranking4 (1984/85)
Career winnings£296,634
Highest break147: 1984 Masters
Century breaks26
Best ranking finishRunner-up (1985 British Open)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking1

CareerEdit

Stevens started playing young, achieving his first century break aged just 12. He turned professional aged 20, and reached the semi-finals of the World Championship aged 21. In 1984 he achieved a maximum 147 break in a televised match against Jimmy White in the Benson & Hedges Masters, which remained the only such break ever made in the competition until Ding Junhui achieved the same feat in 2007.[1][2] His stylish choice of attire (he often appeared at major tournaments wearing an all-white suit, as opposed to the traditional black suit with a white shirt) and his youthful 'popstar' good looks made him a ladies' favourite.

In 1985 he was wrongfully accused of taking stimulants before the final of the Dulux British Open Snooker Championship by South African Silvino Francisco [3] British Open final. Stevens lost 9–12. Francisco was subsequently fined by the world governing body of snooker, the WPBSA, for the comments.[4] The WPBSA, accepted that the accusation was false and it is on record that Kirk Stevens has never failed a drugs test in the history of his career. Shortly after the comments were made public, Stevens admitted to an addiction to cocaine in his personal life.[4]

Although he underwent treatment, his career never really recovered. He dropped out of the top 16 in 1986/87, but continued to play on until 1992/93, before returning home to Canada and retiring from professional tournament play on the world circuit.

After returning to Canada Stevens won the Canadian Open Championship in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2008. In 2011 he returned to the Crucible Theatre for the first time since 1988 to play in a "Snooker Legends" exhibition event.[5]

On September 23, 2019 JImmy White published an apology to Kirk Stevens on White's official facebook page stating that in his autobiography "Second Wind" he misremembered a few stories as occurring with Kirk Stevens that in fact did not. These events were widely broadcast in the media and White wanted to make the apology public to prevent them from being repeated. White further stated that he did not intend his words to be interpreted as meaning that Kirk Stevens introduced him to crack cocaine or that Kirk Stevens ever played WPBSA snooker under the influence of drugs.[6]

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 1976/
77
1977/
78
1978/
79
1979/
80
1980/
81
1981/
82
1982/
83
1983/
84
1984/
85
1985/
86
1986/
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1987/
88
1988/
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1989/
90
1990/
91
1991/
92
1992/
93
1998/
99
Ranking[7] [nb 1] [nb 1] [nb 2] 19 11 10 6 7 4 5 9 21 37 50 68 58 59 [nb 2]
Ranking tournaments
Grand Prix[nb 3] Tournament Not Held 2R QF QF QF 1R 2R 1R LQ 3R LQ LQ LQ
UK Championship NH Non-Ranking Event SF QF 2R 2R 2R 2R LQ LQ 1R LQ
Irish Open[nb 4] Tournament Not Held 1R LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ
Welsh Open Tournament Not Held 1R LQ LQ
Scottish Open[nb 5] Tournament Not Held NR SF WD 1R 1R 1R 1R WD LQ Not Held LQ LQ
Thailand Masters[nb 6] Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event Not Held LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
China International Tournament Not Held LQ
British Open[nb 7] Not Held Non-Ranking Event F 3R 3R WD LQ 1R 2R LQ LQ LQ
World Championship A A 1R SF 2R QF QF SF 2R QF 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Scottish Masters Tournament Not Held QF A A QF A SF A NH A A A A A
Masters A A A A 1R A 1R SF 1R 1R 1R A A A A A A A
Irish Masters A A A A QF A A A QF WD 1R A A A A A A A
Premier League[nb 8] Tournament Not Held WD Not Held A A A A A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Canadian Masters[nb 9] Non-Ranking Event Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking LQ Tournament Not Held
Classic Not Held Non-Ranking Event QF 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R LQ LQ 1R Not Held
Strachan Open Tournament Not Held 1R MR NH
Dubai Classic[nb 10] Tournament Not Held NR LQ 1R 2R LQ NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Bombay International Not Held A RR Tournament Not Held
Pontins Camber Sands Not Held QF Tournament Not Held
Canadian Masters[nb 11] 1R 1R QF SF SF Tournament Not Held A A A R Tournament Not Held
Champion of Champions Not Held A NH RR Tournament Not Held
Scottish Open[nb 12] Tournament Not Held 2R Ranking Event Not Held Ranking
Northern Ireland Classic Tournament Not Held QF Tournament Not Held
UK Championship NH A A A A 2R A A Ranking Event
Classic Not Held A A A SF Ranking Event Not Held
Tolly Cobbold Classic Not Held A A SF A A SF Tournament Not Held
British Open[nb 13] Not Held A SF RR RR RR Ranking Event
New Zealand Masters Tournament Not Held F Not Held A A Tournament Not Held
Carlsberg Challenge Tournament Not Held SF A A A A Tournament Not Held
Australian Masters Not Held A A A A SF QF A A A NH A Tournament Not Held
Pot Black A A A A RR A RR 1R 1R F Tournament Not Held A A NH
Canadian Professional Championship Tournament Not Held SF Not Held W SF QF SF SF QF Tournament Not Held
World Masters Tournament Not Held 1R Not Held
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.
  1. ^ a b He was an amateur.
  2. ^ a b New players on the tour don't have a ranking
  3. ^ The event was also called the Professional Players Tournament (1982/83–1983/1984)
  4. ^ The event was also called the European Open (1988/1989–1992/1993)
  5. ^ The event was also called the Goya Matchroom Trophy and the International Open (1981/1982–1984/1985 & 1986/1987–1992/1993)
  6. ^ The event was also called the Asian Open (1989/1990–1992/1993)
  7. ^ The event was also called the British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982–1983/1984)
  8. ^ The event was also called the Professional Snooker League (1983/1984), Matchroom League (1986/1987 to 1991/1992) and the European League (1992/1993 to 1996/1997)
  9. ^ The event was also called the Canadian Open (1978/1979–1980/1981)
  10. ^ The event was also called the Dubai Masters (1988/1989)
  11. ^ The event was also called the Canadian Open (1976/1977–1980/1981)
  12. ^ The event was also called the Goya Matchroom Trophy and the International Open (1981/1982–1984/1985 & 1986/1987–1992/1993)
  13. ^ The event was also called the British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982–1983/1984)

Career finalsEdit

Ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1985 British Open   Silvino Francisco 9–12

Non-ranking finals: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1983 Canadian Professional Championship   Frank Jonik 9–8[8]
Runner-up 1. 1984 New Zealand Masters   Jimmy White 3–5
Runner-up 2. 1986 Belgian Classic   Terry Griffiths 7–9
Runner-up 3. 1986 Pot Black   Jimmy White 0–2

Team finals: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Team/partner Opponent(s) in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1980 World Challenge Cup   Canada   Wales 5–8
Winner 1. 1982 World Team Classic   Canada   England 4–2
Runner-up 2. 1986 World Cup (2)   Canada Ireland 7–9
Runner-up 3. 1987 World Cup (3)   Canada Ireland 2–9

Amateur finals: 6 (6 titles)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1978 Canadian Amateur Championship   Bob Paquette 10–6
Winner 2. 1997 Canadian Amateur Championship (2)   Charlie Brown 6–3
Winner 3. 1998 Canadian Amateur Championship (3)   Tom Finstad 7–3
Winner 4. 2000 Canadian Amateur Championship (4)   Bob Chaperon 6–3
Winner 5. 2002 Canadian Amateur Championship (5)   Cliff Thorburn 6–1
Winner 6. 2008 Canadian Amateur Championship (6)   Tom Finstad 6–2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Yates, Phil (2007-01-15). "Snooker: Inscrutable Ding takes maximum break in his stride". The Times. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  2. ^ "Ding claims second 147 break in Masters history". Daily Mail. 2007-01-15. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  3. ^ Burn, Gordon, 1948-2009. (2008). Pocket money : Britain's boom-time snooker. Faber and Faber. ISBN 9780571236831. OCLC 321008855.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ a b "Snooker Association acquits Stevens over drug addiction". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1985-10-08. p. 41. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  5. ^ "Snooker Legends". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  6. ^ "Jimmy 'Whirlwind' White". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  7. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Other National Professional Championship". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Retrieved 25 December 2017.

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