Australia’s Neil Robertson has done a lot more in World Snooker Professional Events than any other Overseas Player and is Australia’s best ever player and won the 2010 World Championships.
Robertson won the tenth world ranking title of his career at the 2014 Wuxi Classic, beating close friend Joe Perry 10-9 in a dramatic final.Robertson won two world ranking titles during the 2013/14 season and also earned a new piece of snooker history with his prolific break-building.
He started the campaign in the perfect manner by winning the 2013 Wuxi Classic, beating John Higgins 10-7 in the final. Robertson was disappointed to lose in the final of his home tournament, the Australian Goldfields Open, going down 9-6 to Marco Fu. But he made amends in York in December at the UK Championship.
From 5-1 down in the final against Mark Selby, Robertson hit back to win 10-7. That made him the first non-British player to win the so called Triple Crown: the World and UK Championships and the Masters.
“It’s the most emotional I’ve ever been after winning a title and the first time I’ve had tears in his eyes at the finish,” said Robertson. “To win the triple crown means that I join the really big boys.”
The left-hander was unable to add to his silverware haul in the remainder of the season, though he was runner-up to Ding Junhui at the China Open and reached the semi-finals of the World Championship before losing 17-14 to eventual winner Mark Selby.
However, Robertson did reach one major landmark as he became the first player in snooker history to make 100 century breaks in a single season. He completed the ton of tons on the perfect stage, during his quarter-final match against Judd Trump at the Crucible. He finished up with 103 centuries in the season, a record which may never be beaten.
“I would rather make the century of centuries here than a 147. I’ve made a couple of 147s and it’s nowhere near the same achievement,” he said. “For me to be the first player to achieve 100 centuries in a single season is a great honour.”
Robertson won the Masters in 2012, beating Shaun Murphy 10-6 in the final. He lifted the trophy in touching scenes as infant son Alexander joined him on the stage.In 2010, Robertson made snooker history by becoming the first Australian to win the World Championship title, and only the third non-British player, after Cliff Thorburn and Ken Doherty, to lift the famous trophy.In the final he met gritty Scot Graeme Dott, the 2006 champion, and it was Robertson whose stamina prevailed as he triumphed 18-13.
“When you watch some finals you think the standard is bad, but when you’re in the same position you realize how much pressure there is,” he said.
Robertson, who comes from Melbourne but is based in Cambridge during the season, won the World Under-21 Championship in 2003.
An avid sports fan and a keen follower of rugby, cricket and Aussie Rules football, Robertson has also learned to appreciate English football and decided to support Chelsea after marvelling at the skills of Gianfranco Zola. He enjoys the music of Timbaland, Metallica and Guns & Roses and asserts that if it wasn’t for snooker, he would have made a career as a graphic designer. He also spends much of his spare time playing online games such as World of Warcraft.
When i was able to 5 years ago i travelled to quite a few events and met up with neil and i was able to meet many of the other players and have become friends with a few.
Check out his Website at www.neilrobertson.net
|Date of Birth||11 February 1982|
|147, 6 times (4 Amateur, 2 Professional)|
|147 (2010 China Open & 2013 Wuxi Classic Qualifiers)|
|Best Results||2010 World Champion, 2012 The Masters Champion
2013 UK Champion
|Plays . . .||Left-handed|