Although not the most familiar face on the tour, experienced player Robert Milkins continues to have a knack for producing the spectacular. A fairly quiet start to his career in terms of results saw Milkins remain ranked in lowly positions. This changed at the 2002 World Championship as he made the last 16 and as a result pushed for a top 32 spot, achieved the following season with the help of a quarter-final run in the UK Championship.
His next few years would again be reasonably quiet, but in 2005 he almost won his first ever ranking title, losing to Matthew Stevens in the 2005 Irish Masters, despite being just a frame away from victory before Stevens won 4 straight. From there on Robert’s form dipped quite dramatically, to the extent that he almost dropped off of the tour at the end of the 2008/09 season. He recovered well enough to see his ranking rise back into the top 48 fairly quickly, though his best result to date saw him come from seemingly nowhere to reach the World Open final in 2012.
Robert’s 2012/13 was a mixed bag: he made the quarter-finals of the Wuxi Classic and showed great skill to come back from 3-9 in the World Championship to trail 10-11 before eventually losing 11-13 to Ricky Walden. Sandwiched in between, he lost out in the qualifying round of the Australian Open and suffered the defeats in the first round of four consecutive ranking events, and now sits just outside the world’s top 16 players.
It would be foolish to assume Robert won’t push for more as time goes on. With two 147’s to his name, one in 2013 to go with his World Championship run, he is clearly a player capable of doing anything on any given occasion. Back to playing more consistently after a number of disappointing years, Robert Milkins is a dangerous player the bigger names will want to avoid.
Nickname: The Milkman
Date of Birth: 06.03.1976
Lives: Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Professional Since: 1995
Current World Ranking: 18
Highest Tournament Break: 147 – World Championship (2006), (2012)