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Steve Davis

Steve Davis
Born (1957-08-22) 22 August 1957
Plumstead, London, England
Sport country  England
Nickname
  • Nugget
  • Romford Robot
  • Interesting
  • Ginger Magician
  • Steve "Stumble" Davis
  • Romford Slim
Professional 1978–2014
Highest ranking 1 (1983/841989/90)
Career winnings £5,613,536[1]
Highest break 147 (1982 Classic)
Century breaks 338[2]
Tournament wins
Ranking 28
Non-ranking 53
World Champion 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989

Steve Davis, OBE (born 22 August 1957)[3] is an English former professional snooker player from Plumstead, London. Known for dominating the sport during the 1980s, when he won the World Championship six times and was ranked world number one for seven consecutive seasons, he is remembered particularly for contesting the 1985 World Championship final with Dennis Taylor, the black-ball conclusion of which attracted a record 18.5 million British viewers. He is a well known public figure and is generally viewed by his peers as one of the greatest players of all time. Today, Davis combines his ongoing playing career with his role as a television analyst and commentator for the BBC's snooker coverage.

In addition to his six world titles, Davis's career achievements include three Masters and a record six UK Championship titles. He has won a total of 28 ranking events, tied with John Higgins, and behind only Stephen Hendry,[4] and has won over £5.5 million in prize money.[5] Davis has compiled more than 350 competitive century breaks,[2] including the first officially recognised (and first televised) maximum break in professional competition, in 1982. During the 1987/1988 season, he became the first player to complete snooker's Triple Crown by winning the UK Championship, Masters, and World Championship in the same season. His other accomplishments include winning the World Doubles Championship four times with Tony Meo and winning the World Team Classic/World Cup four times with England.

Davis won his last world title in 1989, and captured his last major title when he won the 1997 Masters at the age of 39, but he has continued to play snooker at a high level into his 50s. He reached the final of the 2005 UK Championship at the age of 48 and was still ranked inside the top 16 when he turned 50 during the 2007/2008 season. He reached the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Championship at the age of 52, making him the oldest quarter-finalist since Eddie Charlton in 1983.[6] He won the World Seniors Championship in 2013.

Outside snooker, Davis has competed in pool tournaments, notably playing on Team Europe at the Mosconi Cup between 1994 and 2004, helping the team win the event in 1995 and 2002. He is also noted for his participation in poker events, having reached the final stages of several televised tournaments. Since 1996 he has been a regular broadcaster with Phoenix FM and an expert in the progressive rock genres of Zeuhl, RIO and the canterbury scene. A keen amateur chess player, he has co-authored two chess books with grandmaster David Norwood and is a former president of the British Chess Federation. He has also published several books on snooker, as well as three cookbooks. He has appeared on a number of popular British TV shows, including I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2013. He was made an MBE in 1988 and an OBE in 2001.

Contents

  • Early career 1
  • Dominance of snooker 2
  • Black-ball final 3
  • 1990–2005 4
  • 2005–2010 5
  • 2010-present 6
  • Legacy 7
  • Other sports 8
  • In other media 9
  • Personal life 10
  • Performance and rankings timeline 11
  • Career finals 12
    • Ranking finals: 41 (28 titles, 13 runner-ups) 12.1
    • Non-ranking finals: 76 (53 titles, 23 runner-ups) 12.2
    • Variant event finals: 1 (1 runner-up) 12.3
    • Team finals: 11 (9 titles, 2 runner-ups) 12.4
    • Pro-am finals: 2 (2 titles) 12.5
  • Maximum breaks 13
  • Notes 14
  • References 15
  • External links 16

Early career

Steve "Romford Slim" Davis was introduced to snooker by his father Bill, a keen player, who took him to play at his local working men's club at the age of 12,[7] and gave him Joe Davis' instructional book How I Play Snooker.[8]

They studied the book and built Steve Davis's own technique on it in the 1970s.[9] He started playing at the Lucania Snooker Club in Romford, where at the age of 18 the manager of the club brought his talent to the attention of Barry Hearn, chairman of the Lucania chain of snooker halls.[10][11] Hearn became Davis' friend and manager.[12] Paid £25 a match by Hearn, Davis toured the country, taking part in challenge matches against established professionals such as Ray Reardon, John Spencer and Alex Higgins. Around this time he was given the nickname "Nugget" because, according to Hearn, "you could put your case of money on him and you knew you were going to get paid."[10]

Davis won the English Under-19 Billiards Championship in 1976.[13] One of his last wins as an amateur was against another future professional Tony Meo in the final of the Pontin's Spring Open of 1978.[14] A year later he successfully defended his title, this time defeating another of his future rivals, Jimmy White, 7–4 in the final.[15] Davis turned professional on 17 September 1978[16] and made his professional television debut on Pot Black, where he played against Fred Davis.[17] He made his World Championship debut in 1979,[18] losing 11–13 to Dennis Taylor in the first round.[19]

Dominance of snooker

Davis came to public prominence after his performance at the 1980 World Championship, where he reached the quarter-finals, defeating defending champion Terry Griffiths en route,[20] before losing to Alex Higgins.[21] Davis won his first major title in the same year – the UK Championship – during which he beat Griffiths 9–0 in the semi-finals and Higgins 16–6 in the final.[22][23] This began an 18-month period of dominance. He won the Classic and then the International Masters and English Professional titles in 1981,[13] and became the bookmakers' favourite to win the 1981 World Championship, despite being seeded only 15.[24] Davis reached the final by defeating Jimmy White in the first round, Higgins in the second round, Griffiths in the quarter-finals and defending champion Cliff Thorburn in the semi-final.[25] Davis's 18–12 victory over Doug Mountjoy in the final confirmed bookmakers' early predictions, and in celebration his manager Barry Hearn charged across the arena to lift him up in the air.[26] He would go on to reach seven out of the next eight world finals.[27] Peculiarly, Davis's first four world finals were each against a player of a different nationality, something that had not occurred before or has since.

He followed up his world title win with a 9–0 final victory over Dennis Taylor in the International Open and then retained the UK Championship with a 9–0 whitewash over White in the semi-finals and a 16–3 win over Griffiths in the final.[28] This began a period of six months in which Davis and Griffiths contested almost all the major tournament finals. During this run, in January 1982, Davis made snooker history when he compiled the first televised maximum break at the Classic at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham, against John Spencer.[29] Davis won a car for the achievement.[30] This was also the first televised maximum break. Davis subsequently lost 9–8 in the final against Griffiths.[31] In 1982, Davis won his first Masters title, defeating Griffiths 9–6 in the final.[32]

Davis's 18-month period of dominance ended at the 1982 World Championship, when he succumbed to the so-called "Crucible Curse", losing 10–1 against Tony Knowles in the first round.[19] Later that year, he couldn't win a third consecutive UK title as he lost in the quarter-finals against Griffiths.[33] Following those two setbacks, he won the World Doubles Championship title with partner Tony Meo.[13] In 1983 Davis regained the world title with a session to spare in the final, defeating an overwhelmed Thorburn 18–6; Thorburn had seen his previous three matches go to a deciding frame and a late finish.[34] Davis lost 16–15 to Higgins in the 1983 UK Championship final, despite having led 7–0 at one point of the match.[35] In 1984, he became the first player to retain his world title at the Crucible Theatre by beating Jimmy White 18–16 in the final.[36] He also regained the UK title in 1984 defeating Higgins 16–8.[37]

Black-ball final

At the BBC Two.[38] The black-ball finish was voted the ninth greatest sporting moment of all time in a 2002 Channel 4 poll.[39]

Davis and Taylor met again in the final of the 1985 Grand Prix, but this time Davis won in the deciding frame. At 10 hours 21 minutes, it remains the longest one-day final in snooker history.[40] In the 1985 UK Championship final Davis trailed 8–13 against Willie Thorne, who missed a blue off the spot which would have given him a 14–8 lead. Davis won the frame and then seven of the next eight to win 16–14.[41] At the 1986 World Championship, Davis defeated White 13–5 in the quarter-finals and Thorburn 16–12 in the semi-finals,[42] Davis's opponent in the final was Joe Johnson, who had started the tournament as a 150–1 outsider. Davis lost the match 12–18.[43] The result did not affect his position at the top of the world rankings, as he had won the UK Championship, the Grand Prix and the British Open in the 1985/1986 season. At the end of 1986 he beat Neal Foulds 16–7 to retain the UK Championship.[37]

Davis started 1987 by winning the Classic, beating defending champion Jimmy White 13–12.[44] At the World Championship, he defeated Griffiths 13–5 in the quarter-final, and White 16–11 in the semi-final.[45] In the final he again met Johnson, and established a 14–10 lead after three sessions. Johnson reduced Davis' lead to 14–13, but Davis won four of the next five frames to win the match 18–14 and regain the title.[46] In beating Johnson he became the first player to win the UK Championship, Masters and World Championship in the same year.[47] In December he retained his UK title with a 16–14 final win against White.[37] In 1988 retained the Classic, claimed his second Masters title with a 9–0 final whitewash of Mike Hallett (the only final whitewash in the event's history),[32] won the World Cup with England and won his fourth Irish Masters title. In the World Championship Davis defeated Hallett 13–1, Tony Drago 13–4 and Thorburn 16–8 en route to the final, where he met Griffiths. Davis established a 5–2 lead after the first session, but Griffiths levelled at 8–8 after the second. On the second day of the match Davis took ten out of thirteen frames to win 18–11 and claim his fifth world title.[48]

Davis won the first ranking event of the 1988/1989 season with a 12–6 win over White in the International Open; in the same match, he became the first player to make three consecutive century breaks in a major tournament.[49] In October, Davis won the Grand Prix, beating Alex Higgins 10–6 in the final to hold the World, UK, Masters, Grand Prix, Classic and Irish Masters titles simultaneously. However, his four-year unbeaten run at the UK Championship came to an end in December with a 3–9 semi-final loss to Hendry.[50] He did not win another major title that season until the 1989 World Championship, where he beat Hendry 16–9 in the semi-finals before going on to complete the heaviest victory in a world final of the modern era with an 18–3 win over John Parrott, his last world championship to date.[51] In October he retained the Grand Prix, beating Dean Reynolds 10–0 in the final, the first whitewash in a ranking event final.[52] By the end of the 1980s, Davis was snooker's first millionaire.[13]

1990–2005

In the [54] He reached the semi-finals of the World Championships in 1991 and 1994.[55][56] He also won the Irish Masters in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994, the Classic and the Asian Open in 1992, the European Open in 1993, and consecutive Welsh Open titles in 1994 and 1995. His successful defence of his Welsh Open title in 1995 is to date his last ranking title.[57] Davis's last victory in a major tournament came at the 1997 Masters. Trailing his opponent Ronnie O'Sullivan 4–8 in the final, he won the next six frames to secure a 10–8 win.[58]

After a season which saw Davis reach only one ranking event quarter-final, Davis dropped out of the top 16 for the [54] He was runner-up in the 2004 Welsh Open to O'Sullivan, losing 8–9 after having led 8–5.[62] In 2005 he reached the quarter finals of the World Championship, losing to eventual winner Shaun Murphy.[63]

2005–2010

At the 2005 UK Championship, held in York, Davis reached his 100th major career final,[64] and made his first appearance in the UK final since 1990.[37] En route he beat defending champion Stephen Maguire 9–8, a win which included a 145 break; and then Stephen Hendry 9–6 in the semi-finals to reach the final, where he lost 6–10 against Ding Junhui.[65][66] Before the World Championships Davis brushed off suggestions of retirement,[67] and he reached the second round, where he lost to Murphy.[68] Davis's performances through the 2006/2007 season, including reaching the UK Championship quarter-finals and the Welsh Open semi-finals, ensured he was still a top 16 player at the age of 50.[69]

Steve Davis during a match against Ville Pasanen in 2008

He dropped out of the top sixteen a year later, but showed form in the 2008/2009 season by reaching the quarter-finals of both the Shanghai Masters and Grand Prix, the first time he had reached consecutive ranking event quarter-finals since 1996.[70] At the World Championship Davis lost in the first round 2–10 against Neil Robertson. After the match he again dismissed talk of his retirement.[71]

In the first two tournaments of the 2009/2010 season Davis failed to qualify for the televised stages as he lost 4–5 against Matthew Selt in the Shanghai Masters and 0–5 against Mark Davis in the Grand Prix.[72][73] In the next tournament, the UK Championship, he defeated Michael Judge 9–7 to set up a first round match against Hendry,[74] which he lost 6–9.[75] Davis started 2010 by failing to qualify for the Welsh Open and the China Open, losing 2–5 against Dominic Dale and 3–5 against Mike Dunn respectively in the final qualifying round.[76][77] In March he qualified for the World Championship for a record 30th time by defeating Adrian Gunnell 10–4.[78]

In the first round Davis defeated Mark King 10–9, becoming, at the age of 52, the oldest player to win a match at the Crucible since Eddie Charlton beat Cliff Thorburn in 1989.[79] In the second round against defending champion John Higgins, a 1–20 favourite, Davis led 6–2 after the first session, 9–7 after the second session, and ultimately won 13–11, a win Clive Everton described as "the greatest upset in the 33 years the Crucible has been hosting the championship."[80] This made him the oldest world quarter-finalist since Charlton in 1983. In the quarter-final match against Australian Neil Robertson, Davis recovered from a 2–12 deficit to force the match into the third session, eventually losing 5–13.[81] On 29 April 2010, to mark the 25th anniversary of their black-ball final of 1985, Davis appeared with Dennis Taylor before the beginning of the first semi-final, to stage a humorous re-enactment of their historic final frame. Taylor entered the arena wearing a pair of comically oversised glasses, while Davis arrived sporting a red wig.[82]

Davis started the 2010/2011 season by qualifying to the televised stages of Shanghai Masters, whitewashing Rod Lawler 5–0,[83] but lost in the first round 3–5 against Jamie Cope.[84] He lost his qualifying matches in the next two tournaments, he lost 1–3 against Peter Ebdon in the last 64 of the World Open[85] and 2–9 against Mark Joyce in the last 48 of the UK Championship.[86] He also participated at the Players Tour Championship, where his best results came at the Paul Hunter Classic, where he reached the quarter-finals, but lost 1–4 against Shaun Murphy.[87] He finished 67 on the Order of Merit.[88] Davis also reached the final of the World Seniors Championship, but lost in the final 1–4 against Jimmy White.[89] He reached the third qualifying round of the German Masters, but was whitewashed by Ryan Day 0–5.[90] Davis lost his first qualifying matches of the next two tournaments. He was beaten by Joe Jogia 3–4 in the Welsh Open[91] and 4–5 by James Wattana in the China Open.[92] He narrowly reached the last qualifying round of the World Championship, by defeating Jack Lisowski 10–9, but lost against Stephen Lee 2–10.[93]

2010-present

Davis playing a trick shot exhibition during the break of the 2012 German Masters final

Davis started the

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Notes

Steve Davis maximum breaks
Date Opponent Tournament Prize
11 January 1982 John Spencer Classic Lada Niva

Steve Davis made the first maximum break in professional competition in 1982.

Maximum breaks

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 1978 Pontin's Spring Open Meo, TonyTony Meo 7–6 [15]
Winner 2. 1979 Pontin's Spring Open White, JimmyJimmy White 7–4 [15]

Pro-am finals: 2 (2 titles)

Outcome No. Year Championship Team/partner Opponent(s) in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 1981 World Team Classic  England  Wales 4–3 [238]
Runner-up 1. 1982 World Team Classic  England  Canada 2–4 [239]
Winner 2. 1982 World Doubles Championship Meo, TonyTony Meo Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths
Mountjoy, DougDoug Mountjoy
13–2 [240]
Winner 3. 1983 World Team Classic (2)  England  Wales 4–2 [241]
Winner 4. 1983 World Doubles Championship (2) Meo, TonyTony Meo White, JimmyJimmy White
Knowles, TonyTony Knowles
10–2 [242]
Runner-up 2. 1985 World Cup (2)  England  All Ireland 7–9 [243][244]
Winner 5. 1985 World Doubles Championship (3) Meo, TonyTony Meo Reardon, RayRay Reardon
Jones, TonyTony Jones
12–5 [245]
Winner 6. 1986 World Doubles Championship (4) Meo, TonyTony Meo Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry
Hallett, MikeMike Hallett
12–3 [246]
Winner 7. 1988 World Cup (3)  England  Australia 9–7 [202]
Winner 8. 1989 World Cup (4)  England  Rest of the World 9–8 [243]
Winner 9. 1991 World Masters Fisher, AllisonAllison Fisher White, JimmyJimmy White
Walch, CarolineCaroline Walch
6–3 [247]

Team finals: 11 (9 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Runner-up 1. 2011 World Seniors Championship Darren Morgan 1–2 [237]

Variant event finals: 1 (1 runner-up)

Legend
UK Championship (2–1)
Masters (3–0)
Premier League (4–3)
Other (44–19)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 1980 UK Championship Higgins, AlexAlex Higgins 16–6 [37]
Winner 2. 1980 Classic Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor 4–1 [200]
Winner 3. 1981 Yamaha Organs Trophy Taylor, DavidDavid Taylor 9–6 [201]
Winner 4. 1981 English Professional Championship Meo, TonyTony Meo 9–3 [202]
Winner 5. 1981 International Open Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor 9–0 [203]
Runner-up 1. 1981 Northern Ireland Classic White, JimmyJimmy White 9–11 [204]
Winner 6. 1981 UK Championship (2) Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths 16–3 [37]
Runner-up 2. 1982 Classic Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths 8–9 [200]
Winner 7. 1982 Masters Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths 9–5 [205]
Winner 8. 1982 Yamaha Organs Trophy (2) Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths 9–7 [201]
Winner 9. 1982 Tolly Cobbold Classic Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor 8–3 [206]
Runner-up 3. 1982 Irish Masters Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths 5–9 [207]
Winner 10. 1982 Pontin's Professional Reardon, RayRay Reardon 9–4 [15]
Winner 11. 1982 Australian Masters Charlton, EddieEddie Charlton [nb 15] [208]
Winner 12. 1982 Pot Black Charlton, EddieEddie Charlton 2–0 [209]
Winner 13. 1982 Scottish Masters Higgins, AlexAlex Higgins 9–4 [210]
Winner 14. 1983 Classic (2) Werbeniuk, BillBill Werbeniuk 9–5 [200]
Winner 15. 1983 Tolly Cobbold Classic (2) Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths 7–5 [206]
Winner 16. 1983 Irish Masters Reardon, RayRay Reardon 9–2 [207]
Winner 17. 1983 Pot Black (2) Reardon, RayRay Reardon 2–0 [209]
Runner-up 4. 1983 Bangkok Golden Cue Tournament Meo, TonyTony Meo 1–2 [211]
Winner 18. 1983 Scottish Masters (2) Knowles, TonyTony Knowles 9–6 [212]
Runner-up 5. 1983 UK Championship Higgins, AlexAlex Higgins 15–16 [37]
Winner 19. 1984 International Masters (3) Martin, DaveDave Martin [nb 16] [213]
Winner 20. 1984 Tolly Cobbold Classic (3) Knowles, TonyTony Knowles 8–2 [206]
Winner 21. 1984 Irish Masters (2) Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths 9–1 [207]
Runner-up 6. 1984 Singapore Masters Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths [nb 17] [214]
Winner 22. 1984 Hong Kong Masters Mountjoy, DougDoug Mountjoy 4–2 [215]
Winner 23. 1984 Scottish Masters (3) White, JimmyJimmy White 9–4 [210]
Winner 24. 1985 English Professional Championship (2) Knowles, TonyTony Knowles 9–2 [216]
Winner 25. 1985 Singapore Masters Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths 4–2 [217]
Runner-up 7. 1985 Hong Kong Masters Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths 2–4 [217]
Runner-up 8. 1985 Canadian Masters Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor 5–9 [218]
Runner-up 9. 1985 Kit-Kat Break for World Champions Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor 5–9 [219]
Winner 26. 1986 Canadian Masters Thorne, WillieWillie Thorne 9–3 [218]
Winner 27. 1986 China Masters Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths 3–0 [220]
Runner-up 10. 1986 Australian Masters Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor 2–3 [208]
Runner-up 11. 1986 Matchroom Trophy Thorne, WillieWillie Thorne 9–10 [221]
Winner 28. 1987 Irish Masters (3) Thorne, WillieWillie Thorne 9–1 [207]
Winner 29. 1987 Matchroom League Foulds, NealNeal Foulds [nb 17] [222]
Winner 30. 1987 Hong Kong Masters (2) Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 9–3 [223]
Winner 31. 1988 Masters (2) Hallett, MikeMike Hallett 9–0 [205]
Winner 32. 1988 Matchroom League (2) Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry [nb 17] [224]
Winner 33. 1988 Irish Masters (4) Foulds, NealNeal Foulds 9–4 [207]
Winner 34. 1988 Matchroom Professional Championship Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor 10–7 [221]
Runner-up 12. 1989 Dubai Masters Foulds, NealNeal Foulds 4–5 [225]
Winner 35. 1988 World Matchplay Parrott, JohnJohn Parrott 9–5 [221]
Winner 36. 1989 Norwich Union Grand Prix White, JimmyJimmy White 5–4 [221]
Winner 37. 1989 Matchroom League (3) Parrott, JohnJohn Parrott [nb 17] [224]
Winner 38. 1990 Irish Masters (5) Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor 9–4 [207]
Winner 39. 1990 Matchroom League (4) Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry [nb 17] [224]
Runner-up 13. 1990 Norwich Union Grand Prix Parrott, JohnJohn Parrott 2–4 [226]
Winner 40. 1991 Irish Masters (6) Parrott, JohnJohn Parrott 9–5 [207]
Runner-up 14. 1991 Matchroom League Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry [nb 17] [224]
Winner 41. 1991 European Masters League Wattana, JamesJames Wattana [nb 17] [227]
Winner 42. 1991 Pot Black (3) Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 2–1 [209]
Winner 43. 1991 Continental Airlines London Masters Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 4–0 [228]
Runner-up 15. 1991 European Challenge White, JimmyJimmy White 1–4 [229]
Runner-up 16. 1991 Scottish Masters Hallett, MikeMike Hallett 6–10 [210]
Runner-up 17. 1991 World Matchplay Wilkinson, GaryGary Wilkinson 11–18 [230][231]
Winner 44. 1992 Belgian Challenge Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 10–9 [221]
Winner 45. 1992 Thailand Masters Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 6–3 [225]
Runner-up 18. 1992 Matchroom League (2) Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 2–9 [221]
Winner 46. 1992 Indian Masters James, SteveSteve James 9–6 [221]
Winner 47. 1993 Pot Black (4) Hallett, MikeMike Hallett [nb 18] [232]
Runner-up 19. 1993 World Matchplay (2) Wattana, JamesJames Wattana 4–9 [233]
Winner 48. 1993 Irish Masters (7) McManus, AlanAlan McManus 9–4 [207]
Winner 49. 1994 Irish Masters (8) McManus, AlanAlan McManus 9–8 [207]
Runner-up 20. 1996 Guangzhou Masters Drago, TonyTony Drago 2–6 [234]
Runner-up 21. 1996 Irish Masters (2) Darren Morgan 8–9 [207]
Runner-up 22. 1996 European League (3) Doherty, KenKen Doherty 5–10 [221]
Winner 50. 1997 Masters (3) O'Sullivan, RonnieRonnie O'Sullivan 10–8 [205]
Winner 51. 1997 China International White, JimmyJimmy White 7–4 [235]
Winner 52. 1998 Red Bull Challenge Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry [nb 17] [236]
Runner-up 23. 2010 World Seniors Championship White, JimmyJimmy White 1–4 [89]
Winner 53. 2013 World Seniors Championship Bond, NigelNigel Bond 2–1 [134]

Non-ranking finals: 76 (53 titles, 23 runner-ups)

Legend
World Championship (6–2)
UK Championship (4–3)
Other Ranking (18–8)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 1981 World Championship Mountjoy, DougDoug Mountjoy 18–12 [27]
Winner 2. 1983 World Championship (2) Thorburn, CliffCliff Thorburn 18–6 [27]
Winner 3 1983 International Open Thorburn, CliffCliff Thorburn 9–4 [188]
Winner 4. 1984 Classic Meo, TonyTony Meo 9–8 [44]
Winner 5. 1984 World Championship (3) White, JimmyJimmy White 18–16 [27]
Winner 6. 1984 International Open (2) Knowles, TonyTony Knowles 9–2 [188]
Winner 7. 1984 UK Championship Higgins, AlexAlex Higgins 16–8 [37]
Runner-up 1. 1985 World Championship Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor 17–18 [27]
Winner 8. 1985 Grand Prix Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor 10–9 [189]
Winner 9. 1985 UK Championship (2) Thorne, WillieWillie Thorne 16–14 [37]
Winner 10. 1986 British Open Thorne, WillieWillie Thorne 12–7 [190]
Runner-up 2. 1986 World Championship (2) Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson 12–18 [27]
Winner 11. 1986 UK Championship (3) Foulds, NealNeal Foulds 16–7 [37]
Winner 12. 1987 Classic (2) White, JimmyJimmy White 13–12 [44]
Winner 13. 1987 World Championship (4) Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson 18–14 [27]
Winner 14. 1987 International Open (3) Thorburn, CliffCliff Thorburn 12–5 [188]
Winner 15. 1987 UK Championship (4) White, JimmyJimmy White 16–14 [37]
Winner 16. 1988 Classic (3) Parrott, JohnJohn Parrott 13–12 [44]
Winner 17. 1988 World Championship (5) Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths 18–11 [27]
Winner 18. 1988 International Open (4) White, JimmyJimmy White 12–6 [188]
Runner-up 3. 1988 Canadian Masters White, JimmyJimmy White 4–9 [191]
Winner 19. 1988 Grand Prix (2) Higgins, AlexAlex Higgins 10–6 [189]
Winner 20. 1989 World Championship (6) Parrott, JohnJohn Parrott 18–3 [27]
Winner 21. 1989 International Open (5) Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 9–4 [188]
Winner 22. 1989 Grand Prix (3) Reynolds, DeanDean Reynolds 10–0 [189]
Runner-up 4. 1989 UK Championship Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 12–16 [37]
Runner-up 5. 1990 Dubai Classic Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 1–9 [192]
Runner-up 6. 1990 UK Championship (2) Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 15–16 [37]
Runner-up 7. 1991 Grand Prix Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 6–10 [189]
Winner 23. 1992 Classic (4) Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 9–8 [44]
Winner 24. 1992 Asian Open McManus, AlanAlan McManus 9–3 [193]
Winner 25. 1993 European Open Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 10–4 [194]
Winner 26. 1993 British Open (2) Wattana, JamesJames Wattana 10–2 [190]
Runner-up 8. 1993 Dubai Classic (2): Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 3–9 [192]
Runner-up 9. 1993 International Open Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 6–10 [195][196]
Runner-up 10. 1994 Thailand Open Wattana, JamesJames Wattana 7–9 [197]
Winner 27. 1994 Welsh Open McManus, AlanAlan McManus 9–6 [198]
Runner-up 11. 1995 International Open (2) Higgins, JohnJohn Higgins 5–9 [195]
Winner 28. 1995 Welsh Open (2) Higgins, JohnJohn Higgins 9–3 [198]
Runner-up 12. 2004 Welsh Open O'Sullivan, RonnieRonnie O'Sullivan 8–9 [198]
Runner-up 13. 2005 UK Championship (3) Ding Junhui 6–10 [199]

Ranking finals: 41 (28 titles, 13 runner-ups)

Career finals

NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi–finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
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[54][nb 1] UR[nb 2] 18 13 2 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 4 4 2 2 10 13 14 15 17 21 25 11 13 15 11 15 29 23 22 44 51 51 69[nb 3]
Ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic[nb 4] Not held Non-ranking LQ 1R A
Australian Goldfields Open[nb 5] NH N/A A A W A A A F A NH A Not held A A Not held WD LQ A A
Shanghai Masters Not held 2R QF LQ 1R LQ 1R LQ WD
International Championship Not held LQ WR A
UK Championship A QF W W QF F W W W W SF F F 2R SF QF 2R 1R 3R 2R QF 3R 2R 2R 3R 2R 3R F QF 1R 1R 1R LQ 1R 1R A 1R
German Masters[nb 6] Not held 2R 1R LQ 1R Not held LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ
Welsh Open Not held A 2R W W 3R 1R 3R QF 2R LQ 1R 1R F 2R 2R SF 3R 1R LQ LQ 2R LQ 1R A
Indian Open Not held LQ A
Players Championship Grand Final[nb 7] Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
China Open[nb 8] Not held W 2R LQ 1R 2R Not held 2R LQ 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A
World Championship 1R QF W 1R W W F F W W W SF SF 1R 2R SF 1R QF 2R 2R 1R 2R LQ LQ 1R 1R QF 2R 1R 1R 1R QF LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Champion of Champions A NH RR Not Held A 1R
Masters A A 1R W QF QF 1R SF 1R W SF SF 1R QF QF 1R 1R QF W SF 1R 1R A WR 1R 1R QF 1R 1R 1R A A A A A A A
Championship League Not Held A RR RR A A A A A
World Seniors Championship Not Held A Not Held F F QF W QF
Variant format tournaments
Shoot-Out Not Held 2R Not Held 2R 1R 1R 1R A
Former ranking tournaments
Classic NH A W F W W SF QF W W 1R SF 3R W Not held
Scottish Open[nb 9] Not held W QF W W QF QF W W W Not held F QF F 1R 2R 4R 1R 4R 2R 2R 2R 3R Not held MR Not held
British Open[nb 10] NH A W W SF W SF W 2R 1R QF 3R SF SF W SF QF 1R SF 4R 3R QF 3R 2R 2R 2R 2R Not held
Thailand Masters[nb 11] Not held RR RR SF Not held A A W 2R F 2R 2R 2R 2R QF LQ LQ 1R A NH A Not held
Irish Masters Non-ranking event QF 1R 2R NH NR Not held
Malta Cup[nb 12] Not held 1R SF 1R QF W QF 2R 1R 1R NH 1R Not held A 1R 2R QF 1R 1R NR Not held
World Open[nb 13] Not held A 2R SF W QF 3R W W 1R F QF QF QF QF 3R 3R 1R 3R 2R 2R SF 2R 3R 3R RR RR QF LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
World Doubles Championship Not held W W SF W W 3R Not held
Scottish Masters Not held SF W W W A A A NH SF QF F SF 1R SF QF 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A Not held
Irish Masters A A A F W W SF A W W SF W W QF W W QF F QF QF QF 1R QF A Ranking event NH A Not held
Premier League[nb 14] Not held W W W W F F SF RR SF F RR RR RR RR RR RR RR RR RR SF SF RR RR A A A A Not held

Performance and rankings timeline

He was a supporter of the Conservative Party.[187]

Davis lives in Brentwood, Essex,[183] and divorced from his wife Judith in 2005 after 15 years of marriage. They have two sons called Greg (born 1991) and Jack (born 1993).[184] In 2012, Greg Davis entered the Q School, with the aim of winning a place on the professional snooker tour.[185][186]

[182] is the Orient chairman.Barry Hearn and [181] fan most of his life,Charlton Athletic football club; he has been a Leyton Orient Davis is on the board of [180] In 1988, Davis was named the

Personal life

In 2013, Davis participated in the thirteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here![177] He finished in eighth place.

In 1986 he joined musical duo Chas & Dave and several other snooker stars of the time (under the name "The Matchroom Mob") on the novelty record "Snooker Loopy", which was a Top 10 hit in the United Kingdom.[173][174] A year the later they released a follow-up single, the "Romford Rap", though this only reached #91 in the UK charts.[175] Since 1996 he has presented a show dedicated to progressive rock and the Canterbury scene on his local radio station, Phoenix FM.[176]

He has published numerous other books, five relating to snooker: Successful Snooker (1982),[163] Frame and Fortune (1982),[164] Steve Davis: Snooker Champion (1983),[165] Matchroom Snooker (1988)[166] and The Official Matchroom 1990;[167] two relating to chess in 1995 with David Norwood: Steve Davis Plays Chess[168] and Grandmaster Meets Chess Amateur.[169] He also authored three cookbooks in 1994: Simply Fix – the Steve Davis Interesting Cookbook No 1 – Interesting Things to Do With Meat,[170] Simply Fix – The Steve Davis Interesting Cookbook No 2 – Interesting Things to Make with Poultry,[171] and Simply Fix – the Steve Davis Interesting Cookbook No 3 – Interesting Things to Make Using Vegetables.[172]

In 2007, his image was used as the epitome of "reliability" in a series of advertisements for Irish Life.[161] He featured in a spoof online viral promoting the Nintendo DS game World Snooker Championship Season 2007–08, in which he parodied a Nicole Kidman Brain Training advert.[162] In 2010, Davis made a cameo appearance in The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret as himself.[159] His other TV appearances include a guest slot on the Christmas 1981 edition of The Morecambe and Wise Show.

Davis has become known for his coolness and impeccable conduct in high-pressure situations.[64] His initial lack of emotional expression and somewhat monotonous interviewing style earned him a reputation as boring. As a result, the satirical television series Spitting Image gave him the ironic nickname "Interesting".[155][156] Davis himself now plays upon this image and says it helped him gain acceptance from the public.[157] It led to him co-authoring a comedic book, How to Be Really Interesting (1988), with Geoff Atkinson, the front cover of which shows Davis mocking his perceived dullness, dressed in boxing regalia holding a cue.[158] Davis appeared as a commentator for the BBC's snooker coverage and as a guest on television quizzes such as They Think It's All Over and A Question of Sport.[159] He appeared in a baked beans advertisement in the 1980s (featuring snooker commentator Ted Lowe with the pay-off line "really interesting" and Davis 'assessing' his beans on toast as if it were a snooker situation, and chalking his cutlery).[160]

In other media

Davis has also become a proficient poker player, with successful appearances at televised tournaments;[149] these included an appearance at the final table of the 2003 Poker Million together with fellow snooker player Jimmy White, who eventually won.[150] Later, at Event 41 of the 2006 World Series of Poker, Davis finished 579th, winning US$20,617.[151] At Event 54 of the 2008 World Series of Poker he finished 389th, winning $28,950.[152] At Event 56 of the 2010 World Series of Poker he finished 131st, winning $5,491.[153] At Event 22 of the 2011 Grand Poker Series he finished 8th, winning $2,049.[154]

From 1994 to 2007 Davis played in professional nine-ball pool events regularly. He was instrumental in the creation of the Mosconi Cup,[142] and has represented Europe in the tournament on eleven occasions, and was a member of the team's 1995 and 2002 wins;[143] his victory against the US's Earl Strickland clinched the 2002 competition for Europe.[144][145] In 2001 Davis nearly won his first singles title in pool at the World Pool League, however, Efren Reyes defeated him 9–5 the final.[146] Sid Waddell gave him the nickname "Romford Slim" and said he was Britain's answer to the famous American pool player Rudolf "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone.[142] Davis dislikes eight-ball pool as played on English-style tables in British pubs and clubs, considering it a "Mickey Mouse game" because of its under-sized cue ball in relation to the other balls, but made it clear that he is only critical of the game when it is played with an undersized cue ball.[147] He is also a keen chess player and was for a while the President of the British Chess Federation.[148]

Trick shot World Champion Steve Davis potting a ball under a cloth

Other sports

In the book Masters of the Baize, a detailed comparison and ranking of snooker professionals, authors Luke Williams and Paul Gadsby rated Davis as the third greatest snooker player of all time behind Joe Davis and Stephen Hendry.[139][140] As of 2011, Davis has won a record 80 professional titles from 115 finals, 28 of them in ranking events. His record of six world titles in the modern era has been bettered only by Hendry and no player has yet matched his tally of six UK titles. Davis has also compiled over 300 competitive centuries during his career. In 2011 he was inducted to World Snooker's newly created Hall of Fame along with seven former World Champions.[141]

Legacy

Given an invitational tour card to participate in tournaments for the 2014-15 season, Davis made his return to competitive snooker in the Riga Open in August 2014, losing 1-4 to Robert Milkins in the last 64.[135] He then participated in the Paul Hunter Classic, losing 2-4 to Gary Wilson in the last 128.[136] Davis played in the 2014 Champion of Champions event after qualifying through winning the 2013 World Seniors Championship,[137] losing 1-4 to Mark Selby in the group semi-final.[138]

Davis started the 2013/2014 season at number 51,[127] and his first match was in the qualifying stages for the Wuxi Classic, where he faced James Cahill. After Cahill levelled the match at 2–2, Davis won the next three frames in a row, along with a 131 break in the penultimate frame, to book his place for the main stage of the tournament in Wuxi,[128] where he lost 1–5 against Andrew Higginson in the last 64.[129] Davis then lost at the qualifying stages of the next two ranking events he entered. He lost 2–5 against Higginson at the Shanghai Masters,[130] and 1–4 against Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon at the Indian Open.[131] He than qualified for the International Championship with a 6–2 win against Allan Taylor,[132] but lost at the venue 1–6 against Zhao Xintong in the wildcard round.[133] Davis won his first World Seniors Championship title by defeating Nigel Bond 2–1 in the final.[134] After a defeat by Craig Steadman 8–10 in the second round of the 2014 World Snooker Championship qualification, Davis finished the season outside the top 64 in the money list and dropped off the professional main tour after 36 years.

Davis started the 2012/2013 season at number 51,[107] but couldn't qualify for the first two ranking events, as he lost 3–5 against Kurt Maflin at the Wuxi Classic,[108] and 0–5 against Michael Wild at the Australian Goldfields Open.[109] Davis took part in the Six-red World Championship, where he finished third in Group E with three wins out of five matches and advanced to the knock-out stage,[110] but lost 1–6 against Mark Davis in the last 32.[111] Davis qualified for the Shanghai Masters by defeating Alfie Burden 5–1 and Andrew Higginson 5–0.[112] There he defeated Zhu Yinghui 5–1 to reach the last 32,[113] but lost 4–5 against Ricky Walden.[114] He however couldn't qualify for the International Championship after losing his first qualifying match 5–6 against Pankaj Advani.[115] Davis then qualified for the final stages of the UK Championship by defeating Advani 6–5 and Jamie Burnett 6–2,[116] but lost 2–6 against Ali Carter,[117] and he also lost his first qualifying match at German Masters 4–5 against Simon Bedford.[118] Davis also participated at the Players Tour Championship, where his best results came at the Kay Suzanne Memorial Trophy and the Scottish Open, where he reached the last 16, but lost 3–4 against John Higgins and 1–4 against Ding Junhui respectively.[119][120] He finished number 52 on the Order of Merit.[121] Davis then lost at the qualifying stages of the next two ranking events. He lost 4–5 against Chen Zhe at the World Open,[122] and 0–5 against Mark King at the China Open.[123] At the Welsh Open he defeated Kurt Maflin 4–2 to qualify for the venue stage of the event,[124] where he lost 0–4 against Mark Selby.[125] Davis finished the season in the qualifying stage of the World Championship by losing 7–10 against Maflin.[126]

Davis was inducted into the Snooker Hall of Fame in 2011.

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