Having turned professional in 1996, Barry Hawkins had a solid but largely unspectacular beginning to his career. His first significant run of form came in the 2004/05 season, where he reached the semi-final of the Welsh Open. This, plus other good performances at tournaments propelled him into the world’s top 32 for the first time.
The following season this improvement in fortuned continued, he qualified for the World Championship for the first time and managed to break into the top 16 of the World at number 12. Such good times though were short lived and despite matching his career best semi-final appearance he fell back out of the top 16 and although he showed some renewed consistency never quite reached the heights which saw him get there in the first place.
After suffering successive last 16 defeats in the World Championship in 2011 and 2012, the highlight of Barry’s career came at the end of the 2012/13 season as he reached a Crucible final, despite being an 80-1 shot to do so before the tournament kicked off. And though defeat to Ronnie O’Sullivan wasn’t entirely unexpected, Barry can take plenty of comfort in his performance in his 18-12 defeat to The Rocket.
Now ranked 9th in the world thanks to his World Championship run, Barry should have the guile and experience to push on and challenge for more ranking event titles.
Nickname: The Hawk
Date of Birth: 23.04.1979
Lives: Ditton, Kent
Professional Since: 1996
Current World Ranking: 9
Highest Tournament Break: 147 – Players Tour Championship (2010)