CUEVIEW - Steve Davis Exclusive
StBlazeySnooker | On 31, Jan 2013
Steve was a difficult man to catch up with, although kindly he made time for me at the recent masters to talk Snooker and fill in his CueView – thanks Steve a gent as always…
STBS – What is your full name please
SD – Steve Davis
STBS – Your Current Club/base
SD – No fixed abode as always travelling to matches and doing commentary
STBS – Your Highest Break
SD – 147
STBS – Are you Left/Right Handed or both
SD – One guess 🙂
STBS – Bio about yourself (in no more than 200 words)
SD – Steve Davis, OBE (born 22 August 1957 in Plumstead, London)is an English professional snooker player. He has won more professional titles in the sport than any other player, including six World Championships during the 1980s, when he was the world number one for seven years and became the sport’s first millionaire. He has won 28 ranking events in total, second only to Stephen Hendry.
Davis’ achievements also include three Masters and a record six UK Championship titles. In 1988 he became the first player to complete snooker’s Triple Crown in a single season. He is also a former four-time World Doubles champion with Tony Meo and won the World Team Classic/World Cup four times with England. In 1982, he became the first player to compile an official televised maximum break and is one of five players to have compiled over 300 competitive century breaks. Though he has not won a major tournament since 1997, he continues to play snooker at a high level and reached the quarter-finals at the 2010 World Championship. He was still ranked in the world’s top 16 at the age of 50, and is ranked number 47 after the 2012 Munich Open.
Davis has also competed in pool and poker events and has written books on a variety of subjects. He played at the Mosconi Cup between 1994 and 2004 as a member of Team Europe, winning the event in 1995 and 2002, and reached the final table of the 2003 Poker Million. He was made an MBE in 1998 and an OBE in 2001. He now combines his playing career with his role as an established television analyst and occasional commentator for the BBC’s snooker coverage.
“Davis’ achievements also include three Masters and a record six UK Championship titles. In 1988 he became the first player to complete snooker’s Triple Crown in a single season. He is also a former four-time World Doubles champion with Tony Meo and won the World Team Classic/World Cup four times with England. In 1982, he became the first player to compile an official televised maximum break and is one of five players to have compiled over 300 competitive century breaks.”
STBS – What was your first ever memory of snooker?
SD – Seeing a black ball on a snooker table and walking to the table, reaching up on tip toes and trying to pick it up to shouts to stop
STBS – At what age did you start playing snooker and why?
SD – 14 ish. Went to A Holiday Camp for a family holiday and did nothing else other than play snooker with my father all week.
STBS – What has been your greatest achievement in snooker?
SD – Tricky one! Greatest Achievement. Still a Main Tour player
STBS – Who is the most famous professional player you have played or met? (can be modern or older era)
SD – Nearly met Joe Davis
STBS – Who is your favourite TV commentator?
SD – Couldn’t possibly say
STBS – What is your Favourite professional player and why?
SD – I don’t have a favourite player really
STBS – What has been the most memorable snooker match you have ever seen?
SD – Watching Terry Griffiths collapse from 8-2 in front against Rex Williams in the UK qualifiers in his first big event as a pro.
The 1985 final I didn’t see as I had my eyes closed
STBS -Who is the most under-rated player in professional snooker?
SD – Probably Graeme Dott.
STBS -Who is the best professional player in your view to have ever picked up a cue?
SD – Either John Higgins, Stephen Hendry or Ronnie O’Sullivan.
STBS – Funniest moment in your snooker experience?
SD – A game of Poker Dice with Dennis Taylor, Willie Thorne and Rex Williams where we got Rex to believe that there were 5 aces in the box
STBS – Who is your bogey player?
SD – Currently me
STBS – Do you have any snooker ambitions you still have not achieved?
SD – To play Professional main tour Snooker at the age of 56
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