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Martin Clark (born 27 October 1968) is an English organiser of snooker tournaments and retired professional snooker player.

Martin Clark
Born (1968-10-27) 27 October 1968 (age 50)
Sedgley, England
Sport country England
Professional1987–2001
Highest ranking12 (1992/93, 1993/94)
Career winnings£502,311
Highest break142:
1991 UK Championship
Century breaks37
Best ranking finishQuarter-finals (x10)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking2

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CareerEdit

Clark reached ten ranking tournament quarter-finals in his career, but never progressed any further. He reached the last 16 of the World Championship three times – 1991, 1992 and 1993, and also in 1992 reached the first major semi-final of his career at the World Matchplay by knocking out defending champion by Gary Wilkinson.[1] He won two non-ranking events, defeating Ray Reardon in the final of the European Grand Masters in 1990 and Andy Hicks in the Pontins Professional in 1997.[2]

He retired as a pro player at a relatively young age, due to neck problems, and is now a tournament director.[3] He has also helped with equipment maintenance (e.g. checking the replacement cloths) at the World Snooker Championship.[4]

In November 2017, Belgian player Luca Brecel was forced to borrow clothes from Clark and fellow player Michael White after lifting the wrong suitcase at an airport in Shanghai.[5]

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 1987/
88
1988/
89
1989/
90
1990/
91
1991/
92
1992/
93
1993/
94
1994/
95
1995/
96
1996/
97
1997/
98
1998/
99
1999/
00
2000/
01
Ranking[nb 1] [nb 2] 41 17 12 14 12 12 18 22 33 27 28 37 66
Ranking tournaments
British Open 1R QF QF 2R 3R 2R 1R 3R 2R 3R 2R 1R LQ 1R
Grand Prix 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R QF 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R LQ LQ
UK Championship LQ 2R 2R 1R 3R 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R LQ WD
China Open[nb 3] Tournament Not Held NR LQ LQ LQ
Welsh Open Tournament Not Held 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R LQ LQ
Thailand Masters[nb 4] Not Held QF 2R QF 2R 1R LQ LQ LQ 2R LQ LQ A
Scottish Open[nb 5] 3R 1R 2R Not Held 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R 2R A
World Championship LQ LQ LQ 2R 2R 2R 1R LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ WD
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A
Former ranking tournaments
Canadian Masters NH 1R Tournament Not Held
Hong Kong Open Not Held 3R Tournament Not Held
Classic 3R QF 3R 2R QF Tournament Not Held
Strachan Open Tournament Not Held 3R MR NR Tournament Not Held
German Open Tournament Not Held 1R 2R 2R NR Tournament Not Held
Dubai Classic[nb 6] NH NR 3R 3R QF 1R 3R QF LQ 1R Tournament Not Held
Irish Open[nb 7] NH QF 2R 2R 3R 2R 2R 1R LQ 1R NH LQ Not Held
Malta Grand Prix Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event LQ NR
Former non-ranking tournaments
English Professional Championship 1R 1R Tournament Not Held
Shoot-Out Not Held 2R Tournament Not Held
World Matchplay NH A A QF A SF Tournament Not Held
Pot Black A A A A 1R A 1R Tournament 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.
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. ^ New players on the Main Tour do not have a ranking.
  3. ^ The event was also called the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
  4. ^ The event was also called the Asian Open (1989/1990 to 1992/1993) and Thailand Open (1993/1994 to 1996/1997).
  5. ^ The event was also called the International Open (1987/1988 to 1996/1997).
  6. ^ The event was also called the Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  7. ^ The event was also called the European Open (1987/1988-1996/1997)

Career finalsEdit

Non-ranking finals: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1988 Kent Cup   John Parrott 1–5
Winner 1. 1990 European Grand Masters   Ray Reardon 3–0
Winner 2. 1997 Pontins Professional   Andy Hicks 9–7
Runner-up 2. 1998 Pontins Professional   Mark Williams 6–9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Snooker: Clark makes last four". The Independent. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Martin Clark". snookerdatabase.co.uk. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Tour Induction". WPBSA. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Baize in the frame as Doherty red rebels". The Telegraph. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Open and Shut Case for Brecel". World Snooker. Retrieved 7 October 2018.