Snooker star and Triple Crown winner
One of the best snooker players in the world, Mark Selby or ‘the jester from Leicester’ as he is also known, is a Triple Crown winner who continues to play at the highest level of the sport. From an early age he showed his proficiency on the table, refining his talent every day after school at his local snooker club in Leicester.
He joined the professional tour as a 16-year-old, beginning his career on the UK tour in 1998. In 2003, at the age of 19, Mark reached his first ranking final where he was defeated by David Gray. In 2008 he won his first ever ranking tournament triumphing in the Welsh Open, defeating one of the world’s greatest players, Ronnie O’Sullivan, 9-8 in the final.
One month before this victory he triumphed in the Masters at Wembley Arena, adding a first major title to his record. As the years progressed Mark began to establish himself as one of the world’s best players and frequently appeared at the latter stages of tournaments. In the 2012/13 season he again added the Masters title to his list of achievements, and also clinched the UK Championship for the first time.
In 2014 Mark completed his Triple Crown by winning the prestigious World Championship for the first time. In total he has won eight major tournaments in his career, most recently the 2017 UK Championship and World Championship. This achievement makes him one of just ten players to win the Triple Crown in the history of the sport.