Stephen Hendry Profile
Full name: Stephen Hendry
Birth date: 13th January 1969
Born in: Edinburgh, Scotland
Nickname: THE GOLDEN BOY
Known for: Determination. Dominating Snooker in the 90’s, highest number of centuries
Stephen Hendry turned professional in 1985, at just 16 years old, and has won the Embassy world snooker championship an amazing seven times: 1990, 1992-96, and 1999. His first victory, in 1990, made Hendry the youngest ever world snooker champion. A model of consistency, Stephen Hendry was the highest ranked player consecutively through 1990 to 1998. Just as Steve Davis had dominated the 1980s, Stephen Hendry reigned supreme in the 1990s snooker world. Hendry is still in the top 16 and remains an excellent player. In recent times his long-potting has let him down and often doesn’t make the final of ranking events any longer. However, he does have spurts of greatness which often catch some of the younger players off guard.
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Hendry has won 72 professional titles putting him second on the all-time list, behind Steve Davis. However, Hendry is the record holder for the number of ranking titles won, with 36. In addition, he has won four team titles as well as several amateur titles.
His other career records include: consecutive wins of a single tournament, longest consecutive winning streak (in ranking events), most centuries compiled in one match (7), most centuries compiled in one tournament (16), most years ranked world no.1, most career centuries (over 750) and highest total prize money. He became only the second player to compile more than one maximum at the Crucible and the oldest player to make a maximum in professional competition. He also holds the records for the longest unbroken run of appearances at the World Championship (26 times) and the longest unbroken run inside the top 16 in the world rankings (23 seasons).
Hendry tends to play at a steady pace. He often uses the now universal tactic of potting the blue with pace and heavy topspin on the white ball to cannon into the pack of reds and develop them for break-building. Aside from his break-building consistency, Hendry’s ability at long potting was crucial to his success, as was his knack of potting balls in the middle pocket during a break. Throughout his career he has played very aggressively, more often than not attempting quite difficult pots and trying to break open the reds early in a break rather than waiting until all open reds have been potted. In this way he has compiled more than 700 competitive century breaks.
When returning to Scotland from the Thailand Open in September 2003, Hendry had his cue broken. The cue, which he had owned since he was aged 14, having purchased it for £40, was the cue he had used when winning his 7 world titles. Since the 11 September 2001 attacks, snooker players have been required to put their cues in the holds of aeroplanes, where they are susceptible to damage.
In August 2011, HM Revenue and Customs successfully applied to Glasgow Sheriff Court to liquidate Hendry’s assets, following his failure to pay an £85,000 tax bill.
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