After turning professional in 1995 Stuart Bingham’s career struggled to gain any serious momentum in terms of the rankings. He only broke into the top 32 of the world in 2005, 10 years after joining the tour, with his highlights being the quarter finals of the Grand Prix and UK Championship. This was despite gaining national recognition at the 2000 World Championship having beaten reigning champion Stephen Hendry. He was able to win qualifying tournaments for the Masters two years in a row in 2005 and 2006, but with no ranking points available this did not have the effect for Stuart’s career it perhaps deserved.
Having crept up the rankings Stuart began to perform with more consistency which saw him slowly climb further, although he was unable to make any push into the elite bracket of the sport. It took him until 2011 to reach his first ranking final, in which he beat Mark Williams to win the Australian Goldfields Open, in doing so reaching a peak ranking of 11 in the world for a period.
The 2012/13 season proved to be Stuart’s best of his career to date. He won the non-ranking Premier League event and contested two ranking finals, losing to Ricky Walden in the Wuxi Classic and to Stephen Maguire in the Welsh Open. He also became only the third man to make a maximum 147 break in a ranking event final, after Snooker greats Stephen Hendry and John Higgins, in China. He went on to record quarter-final finishes in the Shanghai Masters, the UK Championship, the China Open and, perhaps most importantly, the World Championship, as he rose to six the rankings.
A tremendous break builder, Bingham has achieved two 147 breaks in his career and came painfully close to another in the 2002 World Championships where he missed the final pink. Although slow and steady in many ways, Stuart’s rise up the rankings has on the whole been constantly in the right direction from his point of view.
Date of Birth: 21.05.1976
Lives: Basildon, Essex
Professional Since: 1995
Current World Ranking: 6
Highest Tournament Break: 147 – Wuxi Classic (2012)
Ranking Tournament Wins: Australian Open (2011)
Official Twitter: @Stuart_Bingham