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Ross Muir (born 6 October 1995 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish retired professional snooker player. He was the only professional snooker player who regularly weared a glove on the bridge hand. Muir turned professional in 2013 after graduating from event two of the Q School, defeating David Morris 4–0 in the final round.[2] In 3 November 2019 he retired from professional snooker. He stated that main problem is serious eyes problems. In six years professional career he reached the stage Last 16 in two tournaments and he compiled 23 centuries, including one maximum break.

Ross Muir
Ross Muir PHC 2016-1.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2016
Born (1995-10-06) 6 October 1995 (age 24)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Sport country Scotland
Professional2013–2019
Highest ranking67 (May 2017)[1]
Career winnings£96,335
Highest break147:
2017 German Masters (qualifying)
Century breaks23
Best ranking finishLast 16 (2017 Snooker Shoot-Out, 2018 European Masters)

CareerEdit

Junior careerEdit

Muir had a very successful junior career, winning many titles including the prestigious televised Junior Pot Black at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield by defeating Jak Jones in the final,[3] the under 14 section of the Lt. Col Walter Rowley OBE Junior Star of the Future,[4] the Scottish National Championship,[5] and captained the Scottish under 16's team to glory in the 2011 Home Internationals Series in Prestatyn, Wales which was the first time Scotland had won the title since 1993.[6] Muir won a place on the main snooker tour for the 2013/2014 season after coming through event two of Q School, defeating David Morris 4–0 in the final round.[2]

2013/2014Edit

Muir's first match as a professional was a 5–1 loss against two-time world champion Mark Williams in qualifying for the 2013 Wuxi Classic.[7] His first wins came in qualifying for the next event, the Australian Goldfields Open, by defeating James Cahill and Rod Lawler both 5–1, before losing 5–2 to Liam Highfield.[7] At the Asian Tour event, the Zhangjiagang Open, he defeated world number seven Ding Junhui 4–3 in the last 32 by compiling a break of 80 in the final frame, before being whitewashed 4–0 by Da Hailin in the next round.[8] Muir could not win a match in ranking event qualifying in the rest of the season until the final event, the World Championship, when he beat David Grace 10–6, but then lost 10–5 against Nigel Bond in the subsequent round.[7] Muir finished his debut season on the main tour at world number 113.[9]

2014/2015Edit

Muir failed to qualify for a ranking event during the 2014/2015 season. All 128 players on the tour automatically play at the venue stage of the UK Championship and Welsh Open, with Muir being knocked out in the first round 6–5 by Peter Ebdon and 4–1 by Michael White respectively.[10] Muir threatened a comeback in the opening round of the World Championship qualifiers when he rallied from 9–4 down against Cao Yupeng to win four successive frames, but lost the next to be beaten 10–8.[11] Muir would be relegated from the snooker tour as he is finished the season as the world number 99.[12] However, one last 16 and two last 32 finishes in the three Asian Tour events saw him finish 18th on the Asian Order of Merit and claim the first of four places on offer for a new two-year card.[13]

2015/2016Edit

In a match lasting almost seven hours, Muir beat experienced campaigner Alan McManus 6–5 to qualify for the International Championship. It was the first time he played in a ranking event outside of the UK and he lost 6–5 to Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the first round. Muir stated that he had been using a mind coach to help with the psychological side of the game.[14] He won a match at the venue stage of a ranking event for the first time by edging past Mark King 6–5 at the UK Championship.[15] The deciding frames kept coming for Muir but it was Ben Woollaston who would triumph 6–5 in the second round.[16] He also played in the second round of the Welsh Open because of Jamie Burnett's withdrawal and lost 4–3 to Graeme Dott.[17] Muir whitewashed Burnett 5–0 to qualify for the China Open and was knocked out 5–4 by Robert Milkins in the opening round.[18] In the first round of the World Championship qualifying Muir beat Sean O'Sullivan 10–5, before losing to Ding Junhui 10–1 in the second round.[19]

2016/2017Edit

 
2016 Paul Hunter Classic

In the first round of the 2016 UK Championship, Muir beat Joe Swail 6–5, after having trailed 5–2. In a televised match against Ding Junhui in the next round he lost 6–2, having held a narrow 2–1 advantage.[20] He made his first professional maximum break whilst defeating Itaro Santos 5–2 in the qualifying rounds for the German Masters. Muir then met Ali Carter who had also made a 147 on the same day and was edged out 5–4.[21] At the Welsh Open, Muir eliminated Mark Joyce 4–3 and Marco Fu 4–0, before losing 4–1 in the third round to Zhou Yuelong. He reached the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time at the Shoot-Out, which had had its status upgraded this season, and was beaten by Anthony Hamilton.[22] He was thrashed 5–0 by Eden Sharav in the first round of the China Open and just fell short of getting into the top 64 in the world rankings at the end of the season as he was 67th. However, Muir did enough to claim a two-year tour card on the one-year list.[23]

2018/2019 and retirementEdit

In the European Masters, Muir reached the last 16 defeating Martin Gould 4-2, Lee Walker 4-2, Gary Wilson 4-2 before losing to Mark Allen 4-3. After defeating defending champion Neil Robertson 4-2 in the second round of the scottish open, Muir revealed he is prone to Retinal migraine issues.[24] After several months, the health become worst, as a result he announced about decision to end his snookering career, only at age 24.

Personal lifeEdit

As the snooker tour regularly visits China, Muir takes lessons in Mandarin so he is able to conduct interviews in the local language. He was a goalkeeper in his childhood and was scouted by Celtic, but a recurring wrist injury forced him to give it up. Muir is also a keen tennis player.[14]

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
2018/
19
Ranking[25][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] 113 [nb 4] 80 [nb 5] 90
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 6] Not Held MR LQ LQ LQ
World Open A A LQ Not Held LQ LQ LQ
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event 1R 1R 2R
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR LQ LQ
European Masters Tournament Not Held LQ 2R 3R
English Open Tournament Not Held 2R 2R 1R
International Championship NH A LQ LQ 1R WR LQ LQ
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 1R 3R 2R
UK Championship A A 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R
Scottish Open NH MR Not Held 1R 1R 3R
German Masters A A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
World Grand Prix Not Held NR DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open A A 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R
Shoot-Out Non-Ranking Event 4R 1R 1R
Indian Open Not Held LQ LQ NH LQ LQ LQ
Players Championship[nb 7] DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 1R 1R 3R
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ
China Open A A LQ LQ 1R 1R LQ LQ
World Championship A A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Haining Open Not Held MR 3R 2R A
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic NR A LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open A A LQ LQ LQ Not Held
Shanghai Masters A A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ NR
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.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
VF / Variant Format Event means an event is/was a variant format event.
  1. ^ Shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b He was an amateur.
  3. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  4. ^ Players qualified through Asian Tour Order of Merit started the season without prize money ranking points.
  5. ^ Players qualified One Year Ranking List started the season without ranking points.
  6. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  7. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2011/2012–2012/2013) and the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014–2015/2016)

Career finalsEdit

Pro-am finals: 1 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 2018 Vienna Snooker Open   Michael Georgiou 4–5
Winner 2019 3 Kings Open   Andreas Ploner 4–1

Amateur finals: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 2009 Junior Pot Black   Jak Jones 1–0
Runner-up 2011 Pontins Star of the Future   Eden Sharav 0–4
Runner-up 2011 European Under-17 Championship   Zak Barton 1–5
Winner 2013 Scottish Amateur Championship   Dylan Craig 7–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WORLD RANKINGS After 2017 Betfred World Championship". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 17 May 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ a b "Tour Players 2013/2014" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Knowles is crowned Super 6 king". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Scottish pair Col the pots". The Scotsman. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  5. ^ Sked, Joel (9 May 2013). "Muir is Scots champ". East Lothian Courier. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Ross leads the Scots to snooker glory". East Lothian News. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "Ross Muir 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Ross Muir beats world snooker No. 7". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  9. ^ "World Snooker Rankings After the 2014 World Championship" (PDF). World Snooker. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Peter Ebdon edges into UK Championship second round by scraping past Ross Muir". Daily Mail. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Ross Muir 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  12. ^ "World Rankings After 2015 World Championship". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 7 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Asian Order of Merit 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Ross Muir learns Mandarin to excel on Asian Tour". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Ross Muir wins a first-round thriller in York". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  16. ^ "UK Championship: Stuart Bingham through with highest break of 143". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  17. ^ "Ross Muir 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  18. ^ "Stephen Maguire slates world snooker chiefs after player logjam costs him practice table at China Open". Evening Times. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  19. ^ "Ross Muir 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  20. ^ "Ross Muir admits being camera-shy was costly at UK Championship". Evening Times. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  21. ^ "Ali Carter and Ross Muir hit 147 breaks to set up thrilling tie for a German Masters place". Daily Express. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  22. ^ "Ross Muir 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  23. ^ "Rankings 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  24. ^ "BBC Muir Ocular Migraine". Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  25. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

External linksEdit

  • Ross Muir at CueTracker: Snooker Results & Statistics Database
  • Ross Muir at worldsnooker.com