Mark Davis has perhaps been the epitome of consistency on the main tour. For over 20 years he has held his spot, but he has never reached a ranking final despite making over 100 century breaks.
Having turned professional in 1991, Mark climbed the rankings and quickly qualified for the World Championships in 1994 and 1995.
Indeed, in 1995 he overcame Ken Doherty to reach the last 16 and as a result saw his reputation grow. He soon entered the top 60 in the world, a position he has pretty much held for the rest of his career. In ranking events he has achieved a number of quarter finals throughout the years, but it wasn’t until the 2012 Wuxi Classic that he registered his first semi-final appearance in a defeat to Stuart Bingham.
And like buses, having not reached a ranking event semi-final for most of his 22-year career, two came at once, as he progressed to the last four of the Australian Open before being beaten by Barry Hawkins.
Despite this, Mark Davis is perhaps playing the best Snooker of his life at the moment and there has been a significant increase in the number of ranking events he has qualified for. Currently holding 13th place in the world rankings, Mark’s play his finally paying dividends as he consistently puts in top 16 performances on the table.
He has also performed well in the PTC’s, where he finished 16th on the order of merit in the 2011/12 season and reached a final at one event. With this ever improving form, Mark Davis will be targeting success in the form of majors over the next few years and there is plenty of evidence to suggest he could achieve it.
Nickname: The Battler From Hastings
Date of Birth: 12.08.1972
Lives: Hastings, Sussex
Professional Since: 1991
Current World Ranking: 13
Highest Tournament Break: 143 – China Open (2010)