A player who has been in or around the top 32 in the world for a number of years, Michael Holt is a solid player on the tour. Having turned professional in 1996, Holt would perform reasonably well on the tour before reaching the top 32 for the first time in the 2004/05 season.
Later that year, he qualified for the World Championship for the first time where he reached the second round before losing to Steve Davis. He would win the German Masters, at the time a non-ranking event, but was unable to move forward any further in terms of the rankings and would drop back out of the top 32 in the 2007/08 season.
Immediately, though, he began improving again and quickly battled his way back with a string of qualifications for tournaments, to the extent that he briefly looked as though he could push the top 16, though never quite managed. In 2010/11 he won his first professional title at a minor ranking PTC event where he defeated some of Snooker’s top players along the way, proving his ability to compete with the best. Despite that win his performances for the rest of the year were poor and his ranking dropped a long way over the course of the season. The following season saw a second PTC event win, and resurgence up the rankings which suggested the future could be still bright for Holt.
A poor 2012/13 saw Holt slip further down the rankings as he struggled to qualify for the majority of the ranking events. Event when he did qualify, first round exits became the norm for Holt as he failed to build on a promising start to his career.
A good player, Holt has been criticised in the past for apparent mental weakness and has himself admitted his can lose concentration. To some extent though it seems these issues have been less significant in recent years, and Holt will be hoping to produce the form he’s shown in a few PTC’s in major tournaments and then it would be anyone’s guess how far he could rise up the rankings.
Nickname: The Hitman
Date of Birth: 07.08.1978
Lives: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Professional Since: 1996
Current World Ranking: 26
Highest Tournament Break: 145 – UK Championship (2005)
Ranking Tournament Wins: EPTC6 (2010), PTC10 (2011)
Official Twitter: @hitmanholt