Tony Knowles (snooker player)

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Tony Knowles
Born (1955-06-13) 13 June 1955 (age 65)
Bolton, Lancashire, England
Sport countryFlag of England.svg  England
Professional1980–1997, 1998–2001
Highest ranking 2 (1984/85)
Career winnings£772,284 [1]
Highest break 139
Century breaks 48 [2]
Tournament wins
Ranking 2

Anthony "Tony" Knowles (born 13 June 1955) is an English former professional snooker player. He was a three times semi-finalist in the World Professional Snooker Championship in the 1980s.



Knowles began playing snooker at the age of 3 on the tables at the social club run by his father, Kevin. He went on to win the UK Junior Championship twice, in 1972 and in 1974, and continued to study graphic art. His application to the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association to become a professional player was twice turned down leading him to threaten them with legal action before being accepted at the third attempt.

Knowles shot to prominence in 1982 when he defeated defending champion Steve Davis 10–1 in the first round of the World Championship, earning him overnight stardom in a period when the sport was reaching the peak of its popularity. His good looks resulted in his relationship exploits featuring in the tabloid press. After some particularly sordid revelations he was fined £5,000 by the governing body for "bringing the game into disrepute".

He followed up his strong performance in the World Championship by winning the 1982 International Open against David Taylor, and a year later was victorious in the 1983 Professional Players Tournament and reached the semi-finals of the World Championship, leading Cliff Thorburn 15–13 before losing 15–16, with Thorburn getting a very fortunate fluke on one of the colours in the deciding frame. As a result, he moved to no. 4 in the 1983/1984 world rankings. [3]

He remained in the top 16 until the 1990/1991 season, peaking at no. 2 (eclipsed only by Davis). He reached the World Championship semi-finals on three occasions (in 1983, 1985 and 1986), but never the final.

In the 1990s, his success waned, and he dropped off the main tour in 1997. He was critical of a change to the cloths on competition snooker tables in 1986, which led to the pack breaking open more easily. He was involved in a directorial role for World Snooker in the early 2000s. He enters the qualifying event for the World Championship most years and managed to defeat tour professional Stefan Mazrocis in the first qualifying round in 2009. [4]

In 2009, Knowles won the inaugural Snooker Super 6s tournament at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

Knowles began the 2011/12 season by entering PTC1.[ citation needed ]

Performance and rankings timeline

Tournament 1978/
Ranking [5] [nb 1] [nb 1] [nb 2] 20 15 4 2 3 4 7 8 12 21 16 20 23 21 24 42 [nb 3] 125 94 106
Ranking tournaments
British Open [nb 4] NHNon-Ranking Event 3R 2R SF 2R 2R 3R 3R 2R 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R ALQLQLQ
Grand Prix [nb 5] Tournament Not Held 2R W QF SF QF QF 3R QF 2R 1R 1R QF 2R 1R LQALQLQLQ
UK Championship Non-Ranking Event QF QF QF 3R 3R 3R QF 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R LQALQLQLQ
China Open [nb 6] Tournament Not HeldNRLQLQLQ
Welsh Open Tournament Not Held 2R 3R 2R 1R 1R LQALQLQLQ
Thailand Masters [nb 7] Tournament Not HeldNon-Ranking EventNot Held 3R 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R LQALQLQLQ
Scottish Open [nb 8] Not HeldNR W 2R F 2R 3R 3R 2R 3R Not Held 2R 3R 2R 1R LQALQLQLQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Malta Grand Prix Tournament Not Held QF AAAARA
Premier League [nb 9] Tournament Not Held RR Not HeldAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Former ranking tournaments
Canadian Masters [nb 10] Non-RankingTournament Not HeldNon-RankingLQTournament Not Held
Hong Kong Open [nb 11] NHRanking EventNH 1R Tournament Not HeldRankingTournament Not Held
Classic NHNon-Ranking Event QF 1R 3R 1R SF 3R 1R 1R 1R Tournament Not Held
Strachan Open Tournament Not Held 1R MRNRTournament Not Held
Asian Classic [nb 12] Tournament Not HeldNR 1R 2R F 2R LQLQLQLQTournament Not Held
German Open Tournament Not HeldLQLQANot Held
Irish Open [nb 13] Tournament Not Held 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R LQLQLQNH 1R Not Held
Malta Grand Prix Tournament Not HeldNon-Ranking EventLQNR
Former non-ranking tournaments
International Open [nb 14] Not Held 1R Ranking EventNot HeldRanking Event
Classic NHAAA 1R Ranking EventTournament Not Held
UK Championship AA QF 2R QF QF Ranking Event
British Open [nb 15] NHALQLQ RR RR Ranking Event
Tolly Cobbold Classic AAA SF A F Tournament Not Held
Carlsberg Challenge Tournament Not Held F AAAATournament Not Held
Costa Del Sol Classic Tournament Not Held QF Tournament Not Held
Thailand Masters Tournament Not HeldAA RR ANot HeldRanking Event
Hong Kong Masters Tournament Not HeldAA QF AAANHAATournament Not Held
Belgian Classic Tournament Not Held SF Tournament Not Held
Australian Masters [nb 16] NHAAAA SF W 1R QF 1R NHRTournament Not HeldAATournament Not Held
Canadian Masters [nb 17] QF 1R 1R Tournament Not Held QF SF QF RTournament Not Held
Kent Cup Tournament Not HeldA SF NHAANHATournament Not Held
World Matchplay Tournament Not Held 1R AAAATournament Not Held
English Professional Championship Not Held 1R Not Held F 2R 1R QF 2R Tournament Not Held
New Zealand Masters Tournament Not Held QF Not Held SF SF Tournament Not Held
Norwich Union Grand Prix Tournament Not HeldA SF ATournament Not Held
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held QF Tournament Not Held
Pot Black AAAA RR 1R A QF Tournament Not Held 1R AATournament Not Held
World Seniors Masters Tournament Not Held 1R NH
Performance Table Legend
LQlost in the qualifying draw#Rlost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QFlost in the quarter-finals
SFlost in the semi-finalsFlost in the finalWwon the tournament
DNQdid not qualify for the tournamentAdid not participate in the tournamentWDwithdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Heldmeans an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a ranking event.
  1. 1 2 He was an amateur.
  2. New players on the Main Tour do not have a ranking.
  3. He was not on the Main Tour.
  4. The event was also called the British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982–1983/1984)
  5. The event was also called the Professional Players Tournament (1982/83–1983/1984)
  6. The event was also called the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
  7. The event was also called the Asian Open (1989/1990–1992/1993) and the Thailand Open (1993/1994–1996/1997)
  8. The event was also called the International Open (1981/1982–1996/1997) and Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986)
  9. The event was also called the Professional Snooker League (1983/1984), Matchroom League (1986/1987 to 1991/1992) and the European League (1992/1993 to 1996/1997)
  10. The event was also called the Canadian Open (1978/1979–1980/1981)
  11. The event was also called the Australian Masters (1979/1980–1987/1988) and Australian Open (1994/1995)
  12. The event was also called the Dubai Masters (1988/1989), Dubai Classic (1989/90–1994/1995) and Thailand Classic (1995/1996)
  13. The event was also called the European Open (1988/1989–1996/1997)
  14. The event was also called the Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986)
  15. The event was also called the British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982–1983/1984)
  16. The event was also called the Hong Kong Open (1989/1990) and Australian Open (1994/1995)
  17. The event was also called the Canadian Open (1978/1979–1980/1981)

Career finals

Ranking finals: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)

OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore
Winner1. 1982 International Open Flag of England.svg David Taylor 9–6
Winner2. 1983 Professional Players Tournament Flag of England.svg Joe Johnson 9–8
Runner-up1. 1984 International Open Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 2–9
Runner-up2. 1991 Dubai Classic Flag of England.svg John Parrott 3–9

Non-ranking finals: 7 (2 titles, 5 runners-up)

OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore
Runner-up1. 1983 Scottish Masters Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 6–9
Runner-up2. 1984 Tolly Cobbold Classic Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 2–8
Winner1. 1984 Australian Masters Flag of England.svg John Virgo 7–3
Runner-up3. 1984 Carlsberg Challenge Flag of England.svg Jimmy White 7–9
Runner-up4. 1985 English Professional Championship Flag of England.svg Steve Davis 2–9
Winner2.2019Super Seniors – Event 2 Flag of England.svg Mike Hallett 2–0
Runner-up5.2019Super Seniors – Event 4 Flag of England.svg Gary Filtness0–2

Team finals: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)

OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipTeam/partnerOpponent(s) in the finalScore
Runner-up1. 1982 World Team Classic Flag of England.svg  England Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2–4
Winner1. 1983 World Team Classic Flag of England.svg  England Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 4–2
Runner-up2. 1983 World Doubles Championship Flag of England.svg Jimmy White Flag of England.svg Steve Davis
Flag of England.svg Tony Meo
Runner-up3. 1985 World Cup Flag of England.svg  England A Ireland 7–9

Pro-am finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore
Winner1.1979Pontins Spring Open Flag of England.svg Dave Martin 7–0
Runner-up1.1990Dutch Open Flag of England.svg Peter Ebdon 4–6

Amateur finals: 2 (2 titles)

OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore
Winner1.1972British Under-19 Championship
Winner2.1974British Under-19 Championship (2)

Notes and references

  3. "Tony Knowles". Snooker Database. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  4. World Snooker: Veteran Knowles Makes World Progress
  5. "Ranking History". Retrieved 6 December 2017.

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