Quinten Hann (born 4 June 1977) is an Australian former professional snooker player. He was the 1999 WEPF World Eight-ball Champion and 1994 world under 21 champion. His highest break is 143. He was given an eight-year ban from snooker in February 2006, shortly before which he had resigned his membership of the WPBSA.
|Born||4 June 1977|
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
|Nickname||The Wizard of Oz|
|Highest ranking||14 (2002–2004)|
1997 Grand Prix
|Best ranking finish||Semi-final (2004 Irish Masters)|
Early life and amateur careerEdit
Born on 4 June 1977 in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Hann is the only child in a single parent family; his father was absent from his life. Hann's mother Amanda purchased a snooker table for him to practise on when he turned nine. He took up pool at the age of ten after being introduced to it through a friend in Brisbane. Hann played pool during the weekends, until his mother swayed him away from playing it in public houses. She telephoned a snooker coach to teach her son the game.
At age 12, Hann became the youngest qualifier for the Australian Goldfields Open in June 1989, losing in the last 16 stage to the under-21 national champion Steve Mifsud. Although he broke his left wrist in a motorcycle accident, which caused him to play in a plaster, he won the Victoria Under-12 Championship in March 1990. Three months later, Hann finished runner-up in his group at the 1990 IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship, with six victories from eight matches. Hann's mother sold the family home and car and possessions to finance her son's career and moved them from Wagga Wagga to England in late 1989. She had written to Matchroom Sport founder Barry Hearn, who offered his services to Hann.
At the age of 13, Hann produced a break of 100 at the 1991 World Masters under-16 tournament, making him the youngest player to compile a televised century break. He reached the final of the Australian Amateur Championship at age 14 and he then took part in the IBSF World Snooker Championship. On 13 October 1991, Hann was given a suspended ban by the Australian Billiards and Snooker Council from all domestic and overseas competitions for spitting on a competitor's mother. This was invoked after the New South Wales country junior championship in January 1993 when he swore at the referee following a decision that favoured his opponent and entered the Lithgow Workmen's Club licensed poker-machine area. The ban was appealed by Hann's family to the High Court of Australia; it was reduced to one year. In the meantime, he won the 1992 Australian Open 8-ball Championship, defeating Lou Condo 6–1 in the final and later beat David Gray 11–10 to triumph in the 1994 IBSF World Under-21 Championship.
Hann became a professional player in 1995. In five months of his first season, he reached No. 237 in the world by competing in satellite tournaments. Not discouraged by this, he met Brandon Parker through another player; Parker agreed to manage Hann's career. Hann was now able to enter tournaments abroad in the 1996/1997 season, reaching the quarter-finals of the 1997 Thailand Open, and rising to No. 104 in the world. In 1996, he was paired with Robby Foldvari and Stan Gorski to represent Australia at the Snooker World Cup. The trio lasted until the quarter-finals, being defeated 5–10 by England.
For the 1997/1998 season, Hann reached the televised stages of more tournaments, lasting until the second-rounds of the Grand Prix (where he set a record of 13 consecutive victories with a 5–4 margin and complied the highest break of his career, a 143), the UK Championship, and the German Open tournaments. He lost in the first round of the preliminary stages of the British Open with a 5–0 whitewash to Drew Henry in April 1998. One month earlier, Hann became the first Australian player since Eddie Charlton in 1992 to qualify for the World Snooker Championship. He was eliminated by Mark Williams 9–10 in the first round, ending the season ranked No. 45 in the world.
Hann won the Lindrum Masters multi-format tournament in Newcastle, New South Wales in September 1998. After the tournament, he met with his mother and World Snooker chairman Rex Williams, and agreed to change his lifestyle and public image. Hann advanced to the quarter-finals of the Grand Prix tournament in the following month, losing to Stephen Lee in a 5–0 whitewash. He lost 9–5 to Marcus Campbell in the second round of the UK Championship in November; Hann's opponent criticised him for conceding two frames in the match. Hann replicated this performance once more during the season, this time in the Scottish Open in February 1999, losing 5–2 to Graeme Dott. He concluded the season ranked No. 26 in the world.
Before the start of the 1999/2000 snooker season, Hann won the WEPF World 8-Ball Pool Championship to become the only player born outside the United Kingdom and Ireland to claim the title, and defeated Oliver Ortmann to successfully defend the Lindrum Masters tournament in August. He qualified for the British Open in September, lasting until the second round when he was defeated 2–5 by Stephen Lee. In October Hann withdrew from the Grand Prix due to his father suffering a myocardial infarction, and then the Australian Nine-Ball Championship to pursue riding motorcycles as a hobby. While doing this, he sustained a clavicle fracture and a bruised wrist in an accident in Melbourne, requiring him to not partake in the next six tournaments as he recovered from the injuries. Hann returned to competition at the Scottish Open in March 2000, reaching the second-round where he lost 4–5 to eventual champion Ronnie O'Sullivan.
He began the 2000/2001 season ranked world No. 32. Hann prepared for the upcoming campaign by increasing his practise at his home in Melbourne. Hann was ranked in the top 16 for two seasons (2002–2003 and 2003–2004), ranked at No. 14 for both seasons. He reached the quarter-finals of several ranking tournaments and the semi-final of the 2004 Irish Masters. He also broke his foot in a parachute jump in 2000, and was forced to play shoeless in the UK Championship.
At the 2004 World Championships, he was rebuked for making threatening comments to Andy Hicks when he lost 10–4 to the unseeded outsider. After Hann had made offensive gestures and remarks throughout the match, Hicks commented at the end that the result would put Hann outside the top 16 (which it did). Following the acrimony over this defeat Hann challenged Hicks to a fight. In the event fellow snooker player Mark King stood in for Hicks at a charity boxing match with Hann which the latter won. Hann also fought Dublin GAA player, Johnny Magee, in a charity boxing match in Dublin in September 2004 after Hann suggested that Gaelic footballers were not as robust as Australia rules footballers; but he had his nose broken, with Magee winning in three rounds.
In the 2005 World Championship Hann was forced to play with a new cue after his original cue was lost after the China Open earlier that year. The original cue was eventually retrieved just before the World Championship but was found to be damaged and unusable. Having borrowed a friend's cue, he decided against practising, and instead went out drinking. He played his first round match against Peter Ebdon hungover, and rather predictably lost the match by 10 frames to 2. When asked about the defeat to Ebdon, Hann said: "I intended to go out for a few beers but when the cue wasn't there I went out for a lot of beers. I had a hangover, and the migraine kicked in during the second session. By the end, I was in bits."
Match-fixing allegations and resignationEdit
The day after his 2005 sex attack acquittal The Sun alleged that Hann had agreed to lose his opening match against Ken Doherty at the China Open in return for large amounts of money. The story had been held back so it would not prejudice the outcome of Hann's trial. A hearing at the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association was convened after the WPBSA panel was shown transcripts of video and audio footage of the meetings which took place between Hann and the undercover Sun journalists in March and April 2005.
On 14 February 2006 he resigned from the WPBSA, just a couple of days before he was due to attend the hearing. Hann did not attend and was found guilty in absentia. The newspaper did not go through with any agreement, but by agreeing to lose the game Hann was in breach of rule 2.8, which states "a member shall not directly or indirectly solicit, attempt to solicit or accept any payment or any form of remuneration of benefit in exchange for influencing the outcome of any game of snooker or billiards." Hann was banned from snooker until 2014 and also fined £10,000.
Other cue sportsEdit
He also reached the semi finals of the World 8-Ball Championship in 2000 and the quarter finals in 2004.
Hann was known in snooker for his "bad boy" image, and in 2002 he was tried in the UK for allegedly raping a woman while both were intoxicated, but was acquitted.
Hann was cleared of further sex attacks on two women in 2005. The women accused Hann of behaving like a "crazed animal" and said that they thought they were going to die. One of them claimed that he repeatedly struck her, an accusation that Hann strongly denied explaining that his mother had taught him to never raise a hand to a woman. Ultimately the case turned on the credibility of his accuser, which was undermined when it was admitted she had lied consistently under oath throughout the trial.
In October 2014, it was reported that the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) had started court proceedings at the Federal Court of Australia against Hann (now going under the name Quinten Hunter), general manager of broker Monarch FX (Monarch FX Group Pty Ltd). ASIC temporarily banned Monarch FX and Hann from offering financial services until November 2014 when the hearing resumes. Hann was later banned from the financial services industry for four years.
Performance and rankings timelineEdit
|Ranking[nb 1]||[nb 2]||237||104||45||26||32||25||14||14||18|
|Grand Prix[nb 3]||1R||LQ||2R||QF||WD||2R||2R||2R||2R||1R|
|Malta Cup[nb 4]||LQ||LQ||NH||1R||Not Held||1R||2R||QF||WD|
|China Open[nb 5]||Not Held||NR||1R||LQ||LQ||2R||Not Held||1R|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Asian Classic[nb 6]||LQ||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|German Open||LQ||LQ||2R||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Thailand Masters[nb 7]||LQ||QF||LQ||1R||WD||QF||2R||NR||Not Held|
|Scottish Open[nb 8]||LQ||LQ||LQ||2R||2R||1R||QF||3R||2R||NH|
|Irish Masters||Non-Ranking Event||QF||SF||LQ|
|NH / Not Held||event was not held.|
|NR / Non-Ranking Event||event is/was no longer a ranking event.|
|R / Ranking Event||event is/was a ranking event.|
|MR / Minor-Ranking Event||event is/was a minor-ranking event.|
- From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- The event also ran under the name LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004)
- The event also ran as the European Open (1995/1996–1996/1997 and 2001/2002–2003/2004) and Irish Open (1998/1999)
- The event ran under a different name as China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
- The event also ran under the name Thailand Classic (1995/1996)
- The event also ran under the name Thailand Open (1995/1996–1996/1997)
- The event also ran under the names International Open (1995/1996–1996/1997) and Players Championship (2003/2004)
Amateur finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||1991||Australian Amateur Championship||David Collins||4–5|
|Winner||1.||1994||IBSF World Under-21 Championship||David Gray||11–10|
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