Mark Gray (snooker player)

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Mark Gray (born 16 August 1973) is an English professional pool player and former professional snooker player.

Mark Gray
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Born (1973-08-16) 16 August 1973 (age 46)
Baston, Lincolnshire, England
Sport country England
Professional1992–2003, 2004/2005
Highest ranking79 (1999/2000)
Career winnings£72,505
Highest break145:
2002 Scottish Open (qualifying)
Century breaks15
Best ranking finishLast 32 (1998 British Open, 1999 British Open)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking1

Snooker careerEdit

Born in 1973, Gray turned professional in 1992. He made little progress in any tournament until the 1997/1998 season, when he reached the last 64 at the German Open - losing 1–5 to Karl Broughton - the last 48 at the Thailand Masters, where Chris Small whitewashed him 5–0, and later made his first appearance in the last 32 at a ranking event, in the 1998 British Open. There, he defeated Jimmy Michie 5–3 and Jimmy White 5–4, but lost 3–5 to Dominic Dale.

The following season saw Gray repeat his feat at the British Open, beating Bjorn Haneveer 5–2, Paul Wykes 5–4 and Jamie Burnett 5–3, having trailed Burnett 1–3. He was again eliminated at the last 32 stage, this time 4–5 by Peter Ebdon.

Gray's ranking improved to a career-best 79th for the 1999/2000 season, but his form declined thereafter. In the 2000 UK Championship, he again met Small and led 3–2, but succumbed 3–9; he met Steve Davis in the last 48 at the 2001 Scottish Open, but was whitewashed 5–0 by the six-time World Champion.[1]

Gray reached his first quarter-final at the 2001 Benson & Hedges Championship, but was defeated 1–5 by the eventual finalist, Hugh Abernethy.

Having finished the 2002/2003 season ranked 103rd, Gray dropped off the tour, and entered several qualifying events the following season to regain his place. He was successful in this, but played only four matches in the 2004/2005 season; the last of these, a 3–5 Malta Cup defeat to Darren Morgan, was Gray's final at competitive level. Finishing that season ranked 97th, he left the professional game once more at the age of 31.

Career finalsEdit

Non-ranking finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2001 WPBSA Open Tour – Event 1   Shaun Murphy 5–2[2]
Runner-up 1. 2002 WPBSA Open Tour – Event 5   Lee Spick 3–5[2]

Pro-am finals: 2 (2 runners-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2002 EASB Open Tour – Event 2   Ryan Day 3–5[2]
Runner-up 2. 2003 EASB Open Tour – Event 3   Rory McLeod 2–5[2]

Amateur finals: 1 (1 title)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1997 English Open   Luke Simmonds 8–4[3]

Pool careerEdit

After his snooker career ended, Gray began playing pool, becoming a full-time professional player in 2010. In 2008, he was the number one nine-ball player in Britain and Europe, having won the 2008 Swiss 9-Ball Championship; Gray was also part of the Mosconi Cup-winning European team of 2008, 2014 and 2016. Alongside Daryl Peach, Gray was the runner up at the 2008 World Cup of Pool, losing to the American team of Rodney Morris and Shane Van Boening 11–7.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://cuetracker.net/Players/Mark-Gray/2000-2001
  2. ^ a b c d Hayton, Eric (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker. Suffolk: Rose Villa Publications. pp. Introduction & 178–186. ISBN 978-0-9548549-0-4.
  3. ^ "Other Tournaments Until 2020". bgsnooker.com. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Team USA wins World Cup of Pool". azbilliards.com. Retrieved 7 January 2019.