A superb break-builder, it is a shame and a surprise that Anthony Hamilton’s career has not produced at least one ranking title to this point. Having turned professional in 1991 Anthony quickly moved through the rankings and by the end of the 1996 World Championships had moved into the top 16 in the world for the first time. By the end of the 1998/99 season, Anthony had continued this rise and after reaching the final of the British Open, moved up to 10th in the world. Despite seemingly being a star in the making, this was as high as Hamilton’s ranking would ever reach.
A World Championship quarter final was unfortunately followed by a notorious broken wrist, suffered while attempting to help a friend who was being mugged. Whilst he only missed a few tournaments, his form would never quite reach the same heights as he struggled for consistency in the immediate aftermath of the incident, a consistency he has never really got back. Despite this, he has still achieved some impressive feats in his career, and in 2001 reached his second ranking final at the China Open where he lost to Mark Williams. However, over the years Anthony’s ranking has slipped and he found himself outside of the top 32 at the end of the 2010/11 season.
During the 2008 Shanghai Masters, Eurosport commentator Joe Johnson described him as the best player never to have won a ranking event tournament and it is hard to disagree with that assessment. Hamilton has accumulated over 200 career century breaks, which speaks for itself in terms of the talent he possesses and illustrates just how unlikely it is that he has failed to win a ranking event.
Nickname: The Sheriff of Pottingham
Date of Birth: 29.06.1971
Lives: Muswell Hill, London
Professional Since: 1991
Current World Ranking: 43
Highest Tournament Break: 145 – World Championship (1995)