Vincent "Vinnie" Calabrese (born 7 October 1987) is a former Australian professional snooker player from Campbelltown, New South Wales. He was based in Cambridge together with his compatriot Neil Robertson, although he has since moved back to Australia.
Calabrese at the 2014 Paul Hunter Classic
|Born||7 October 1987|
Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia
|Highest ranking||79 (June–July 2014)|
|Highest||121 (2007 PIOS Event 5)|
|Best ranking finish||Last 64 (2013 Wuxi Classic, 2013 UK Championship)|
Calabrese started playing snooker aged 7 and soon came to success, winning a number of local tournaments. At the age of just 16 he had already claimed the Australian Snooker Championship. Since 2006 he has been spending a lot of time in England, playing in the PIOS tournaments and practising with Neil Robertson. His initial attempts to gain the main tour place via PIOS and later Q School were unsuccessful, however in 2013 he captured the Oceania Championship in Papua New Guinea with a 6–5 victory against Matthew Bolton to earn a two-year card for the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons.
Thanks to the newly introduced flat draws, Calabrese was able to qualify for the venue stages of his debut tournament, the Wuxi Classic, as he defeated Anthony McGill 5–3. He lost 5–1 to John Higgins in the last 64 at the venue in China. At the UK Championship he led world number 22 Dominic Dale 5–2, but was pegged back to 5–5 with Calabrese saying afterwards that he couldn't hold himself together. However, in the deciding frame he made a composed 70 break to win 6–5 before losing 6–3 against Gary Wilson in the second round. Calabrese was knocked out of the first round of seven of the eight European Tour events, but at the Bluebell Wood Open he defeated world number two Mark Selby 4–2, Dechawat Poomjaeng 4–2 and David Morris 4–1 and then led Jimmy Robertson 3–0 in the last 16, but was beaten 4–3. He finished his debut season on the tour ranked world number 105.
Calabrese won just two matches during the 2014–15 season. In February 2015, Calabrese gave up his World Snooker Tour card after the Welsh Open, in which he lost 4–1 to Ronnie O'Sullivan in the first round, to return to being an amateur player so he could compete in the Oceania Championship. In March 2015, Calabrese won the Oceania Championship by defeating Matthew Bolton 6–3 in the final and earned a two-year tour card for the 2015–16 and 2016–17 seasons.
Calabrese won just two of 13 games during the 2015/2016 season. He was relegated from the professional tour at the end of season, although he had resigned his tour place a few months prior to this.
Performance and rankings timelineEdit
|Ranking[nb 1]||[nb 2]||[nb 3]||[nb 2]|
|Australian Goldfields Open||LQ||LQ||LQ|
|Players Championship Grand Final||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Variant format tournaments|
|Six-red World Championship||RR||A||A|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|World Open||LQ||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.|
|MR / Minor-Ranking Event||means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.|
- It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- Since February 2015 he was an amateur.
- Oceania Championship – 2013, 2015
- "World Rankings after the 2014 Wuxi Classic" (PDF). World Snooker. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- "Calabrese Excited To Join Tour". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- "Vinnie Calabrese 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "UK Snooker Championship: Vinnie Calabrese ousts Dominic Dale in Barbican opener". The Press. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
- "UK Championship: Mark Selby fights back to beat 15-year-old Shane Castle". Sky Sports. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
- "World Snooker Rankings After the 2014 World Championship" (PDF). World Snooker. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Vinnie Calabrese 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- "Updated World Rankings". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 23 February 2015. Archived from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- "Calabrese Earns Main Tour Return". Pro Snooker Blog. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
- "Vinnie Calabrese 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
- "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
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- Vinnie Calabrese at worldsnooker.com