A charismatic and likeable character, Mark King is a very talented player who has performed strongly on the tour for a number of years now. Although his rise up the rankings was not spectacular it was consistent and steady and saw Mark break the world’s top 48 by the end of the 1995/96 season.
In 1997 his career really took off when he reached the final of the Welsh Open and although he lost to the almost untouchable Stephen Hendry, his ranking and reputations soared.
A regular competitor at major tournaments, Mark King is a familiar face to many and will most likely remain one despite his form being less consistent than in the past. Mark has the ability to beat anyone, proven by a winning record against Ronnie O’Sullivan but for whatever reason has never taken that step into the top 10 in the world and pushed for more titles.
2012/13 saw Mark continue the form that has dominated his career: consistent at the smaller tournaments without really hitting the highs in the majors. He did, however, cause a shock in the opening round of the World Championship, seeing off world number 7 Mark Allen to progress before losing to Ding Junhui.
His future depends on a continued determination to propel himself back up the rankings with the busy calendar which Snooker now possesses. If he wants it enough, there is every chance that elusive top 10 place and ranking title victory could still be ahead of Mark.
Nickname: The Romford Battler
Date of Birth: 28.03.1974
Lives: Braintree, Essex
Professional Since: 1991
Current World Ranking: 29
Highest Tournament Break: 146 – UK Championship (2006)
Official Twitter: @markking147