Hong Kong native Marco Fu has become one of the most recognisable faces on the tour since turning pro in 1998, despite never really achieving to his full potential up to this point. Still only in his mid-thirties, Marco burst onto the scene in at 20 years of age by reaching the final of the Grand Prix (now the World Open) and is widely considered the catalyst of the Asian revolution Snooker has experienced over the last ten years.
Despite this phenomenal start to his career it would be 9 years until he would reach another ranking final; this time apparently beginning to realise his undoubted talents by beating Ronnie O’Sullivan in the 2007 final of the same tournament to win his only ranking event to date.
A year later, another run of good form saw him get to the final of UK Championships, this time losing a close final to Shaun Murphy. He can also boast one non-ranking title; the 2003 Premier League in which he overcame O’Sullivan in the semi-finals and Mark Williams in the final having snuck into the playoffs in fourth on frames won. As well as this, he had an impressive run to the final of the 2011 Masters before losing to Ding Junhui in a game which demonstrated the rise of Asian stars at the top level of World Snooker.
Marco started 2012/13 well, reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open after seeing off Joe Perry, Jamie Burnett and Stephen Lee and reclaim a place in the top 16 ranked players. He continued his big tournament showings with an International Championships quarter-final defeat to Shaun Murphy before losing in the final of the German Masters to Ali Carter.
Anyone who has seen Marco Fu in his top form will be amazed he does not feature in the top 10 in the world. On his day he can beat anyone, something he has proven time and time again, and it seems a shame for Snooker fans that we have only seen him take part in 4 ranking finals over his 14 years as a professional.
Nickname: Hong Kong Fuey
Date of Birth: 08.01.1978
Lives: Happy Valley, Hong Kong
Professional Since: 1998
Current World Ranking: 17
Highest Tournament Break: 147 – Scottish Masters (2000)
Ranking Tournament Wins: Grand Prix (2007)