Peter Francisco (snooker player)
Peter Francisco (born 14 February 1962 in Cape Town, Western Cape) is a former South African professional snooker player who won the African Snooker Championship 4 times and South African Snooker Championship 8 times and the South African Billiards Championship 13 times as an amateur and professional.
|Born||14 February 1962|
Cape Town, South Africa
|Sport country||South Africa|
|Highest ranking||14 (1988/89)|
|Best ranking finish||Semi-final (1986 International Open, 1987 Grand Prix)|
Francisco turned professional in 1984, and reached the final stages of the World Snooker Championship on five occasions: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1995. He reached the semifinals in two ranking events: the 1986 International Open and the 1987 Grand Prix.
In June 2013 he won the ABSF African Snooker Championship.
Francisco participated in the 2015 Six-red World Championship, playing five matches in his group. He lost 1–5 to Marco Fu and Jamie Rhys Clarke, 3–5 to Mark Williams and 4–5 to eventual champion Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and was eliminated after the group stage, but defeated Darren Paris 5–1 to record his first competitive victory since a 10–8 win over Mick Price in the 1995 World Championship.
In 1995 Francisco lost 10–2 in the first round of the World Snooker Championship against Jimmy White. There were an unusual number of bets made that the scoreline would be 10–2 in favour of White, which was the eventual outcome. Betting had been suspended on the match against the South African shortly before it began and a World Snooker Association panel analysed the match and later banned Francisco for five years for not conducting himself in a manner consistent with his status as a professional sportsman. At the same hearing he was not found guilty of match rigging.  After the 5 years of his ban was up he did briefly resume his pro career in 2000 but failed to make any impact.
He is the nephew of fellow snooker player Silvino Francisco.
Performance and rankings timelineEdit
|Asian Classic[nb 2]||Tournament Not Held||NR||QF||2R||3R||1R||LQ||LQ|
|Welsh Open||Tournament Not Held||3R||1R||LQ||2R|
|International Open[nb 3]||LQ||LQ||SF||1R||1R||1R||Not Held||1R||LQ||LQ|
|European Open||Tournament Not Held||1R||1R||3R||2R||1R||LQ||LQ|
|Thailand Open[nb 4]||Non-Ranking||Not Held||3R||2R||1R||1R||LQ||LQ|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Canadian Masters||NH||Non-Ranking||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Hong Kong Open[nb 5]||Ranking Event||NH||1R||Tournament Not Held||NR|
|Strachan Open||Tournament Not Held||1R||MR||NR||NH|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|Australian Masters[nb 6]||A||1R||A||A||NH||A||Tournament Not Held||A|
|South African Professional Championship||A||A||SF||A||A||Tournament Not Held|
|World Matchplay||Tournament Not Held||1R||A||A||A||A||Not Held|
|Shoot-Out||Tournament Not Held||3R||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.|
- New players on the Main Tour do not have a ranking.
- The event was also called the Dubai Masters (1988/1989) and Dubai Classic (1989/90–1994/1995)
- The event was also called the Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986)
- The event was also called the Thailand Masters (1984/1985–1986/1987 & 1991/1992) and the Asian Open (1989/1990–1992/1993)
- The event was also called the Australian Masters (1984/1985–1987/1988) and Australian Open (1994/1995)
- The event was also called the Hong Kong Open (1989/1990) and Australian Open (1994/1995)
Amateur finals: 10 (10 titles)Edit
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||1981||South African Amateur Championship||L Seranke|
|Winner||2.||1982||South African Amateur Championship (2)||S Davids|
|Winner||3.||1983||South African Amateur Championship (3)||Ayoub Majiet|
|Winner||4.||1998||South African Amateur Championship (4)|
|Winner||5.||1999||South African Amateur Championship (5)|
|Winner||6.||2000||South African Amateur Championship (6)|
|Winner||7.||2007||South African Amateur Championship (7)|
|Winner||8.||2012||ABSF African Snooker Championship||Mohamed Khairy||6–2|
|Winner||9.||2013||ABSF African Snooker Championship (2)||Khaled Belaid Abumdas||6–2|
|Winner||10.||2016||ABSF African Snooker Championship (3)||Wael Talaat||6–1|
- "Mini profiles". Chris Turner. Archived from the original on 28 February 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
- "Peter Francisco - Season 1994/1995". CueTracker - Snooker Database. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- "Finishes - Semi-final - Peter Francisco in Professional Ranking". CueTracker - Snooker Database. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- "Finishes - Peter Francisco's record in World Championship". CueTracker - Snooker Database. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- "The African Snooker Championship (Marrakech 2013): Knock out stage". African Billiards & Snooker Federation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- Florax, Ron. "CueTracker - Peter Francisco - Season 2015-2016 - Professional Results - Snooker Results, Statistics & Scoreboard". cuetracker.net. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
- "Francisco banned for five years". The Independent. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
- "Snooker Faces Match-Fixing Probe". Winner Online. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
- "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 5 December 2017.