Now in the latter stages of his career, Ken Doherty is a player who has been to the very top of Snooker and performed to the very highest level. Ken turned professional in 1990 and made a quick impact on the tour, culminating in his first final at the 1992 Grand Prix. Although he lost a final frame decider to Jimmy White, it was truly a sign of things to come as proved in 1993 when he beat Alan McManus in the final of the Welsh Open for his first ranking title.
Although he would lose his next four finals in ranking competition, it was worth the wait for his next victory as he triumphed at the 1997 World Championships, beating the legendary Stephen Hendry. More finals and victories would follow shortly after with the most recent coming in 2006 at the Malta Cup where he would beat John Higgins in the final, the man who had denied him a second consecutive World Championship nearly 8 years previously in 1998.
Although his ranking may have declined since his most recent win, it is to Ken’s credit that on a number of occasions where he has dropped out of the top 32 in the world he has battled back in. With an ever more intense tour and increasing media commitments it remains to be seen whether Ken will be a significant factor at a major tournament again. Regardless of whether he manages this or not, Ken has been a credit to the sport for a long time and will be able to look back proudly on a fantastic career.
Nickname: The Darlin’ of Dublin
Date of Birth: 17.09.1969
Lives: Ranelagh, Dublin
Professional Since: 1990
Current World Ranking: 27
Highest Tournament Break: 145 – Players Championship (2004)
Ranking Tournament Wins: Welsh Open (1993), (2001), World Championship (1997), Malta Grand Prix (2000), Thailand Masters (2001), Malta Cup (2006)
Official Twitter: @kendoherty1997