One of the most outspoken players on tour, Mark Allen has in recent years demonstrated the ability to compete at the top level of Snooker and shown signs that he will be a multiple tournament winner in years to come. Having turned professional in 2005, Mark cued his way up the rankings by qualifying for his fair share of tournaments. His first real impact in a ranking tournaments came in the 2009 World Championship where he reached his first ever semi-final, losing to eventual winner John Higgins after knocking out Ronnie O’Sullivan. Following this run, Mark often found himself reaching the latter stages of ranking tournaments and increasing his recognition as a top player.
In the 2011/12 season he reached his first two ranking finals, coming up just short in the UK Championships against Judd Trump, but taking his first win later in the season in the World Open with a 10-1 mauling of a resurgent Stephen Lee.
And his first ranking tournament wins weren’t far off as he secured the Haikou World Open title in both 2012 and 2013. On his way to his triumphs in China, Mark ruthlessly dispatched the likes of Judd Trump and Mark Selby, only reinforcing that belief that he will one day reign victorious at one of the major events.
Mark has attracted plenty of press coverage in recent years for speaking out about his controversial opinions. He called for then WPBSA chairman Barry Hearn to resign after a match in 2011, took to Twitter to publicly insult China during 2011’s World Open and issued a suspension warning following his 2012 World Championship match, having called his opponent unsporting.
Still very young and just finding his place amongst the elite of Snooker, it is unthinkable that Mark will not win more than just two ranking tournaments in his career. Certainly, Mark Allen is one to keep your eye on.
Date of Birth: 22.02.1986
Lives: Antrim, Northern Ireland
Professional Since: 2005
Current World Ranking: 7
Highest Tournament Break: 146
Ranking Tournament Wins: Haikou World Open (2012), (2013)
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