Andy Hicks (born 10 August 1973) is an English professional snooker player. Nicknamed "The Cream of Devon", Hicks was a semi-finalist at both the World Snooker Championship and UK Championship in 1995, and the same stage at four other ranking tournaments. A Masters semi-finalist in 1996, he was ranked within the world's top 32 players between 1995 and 2000, and again from 2005 to 2007, but was relegated from the main tour in 2013. He regained a two-year tour card in 2019.
|Born||10 August 1973|
Tavistock, Devon, England
|Highest ranking||17 (1995/1996)|
|89 (as of 4 May 2021)|
2012 UK Championship
|Best ranking finish||Semi-finals (x6)|
Although a professional since 1991, Hicks first came to prominence in the 1995 World Championship, in which he reached the semi-finals, beating Steve Davis, Willie Thorne and Peter Ebdon along the way, but being blocked from the finals by Nigel Bond, 11–16. He has never reached a major final, but reached the semi-finals of the four BBC-screened events within 2 seasons – the 1994 Grand Prix, the 1995 UK Championship and the 1996 Masters (as a wild card).
He spent most of the second half of the 1990s close to the Top-16 elite section in the world rankings, peaking at no. 17 in the 1995/1996 season, and winning the 1997 Masters qualifier. He struggled in the early part of the 2000s, however, winning only two of eighty-three matches in 2003.
Later, he was only one loss away from being bumped out of the Top 64, rallying to defeat Craig Butler 10–9 in a close 2003 World Championship qualifier. He ended up ranked no. 62 for the 2003/2004 season. At this point, he had only qualified for the world championship once in six years, a 10–4 defeat to eventual winner Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2001. However, he returned to form after this. He reached the second round of the 2004 World Championship, beating Quinten Hann in a match memorable for a near-fight between the two players at the end, started by Hann in the middle of the match, when he said to Hicks: 'I've enjoyed the last three times I've beaten you'. At the end of the match, Hicks retorted that Hann was about to drop out of the Top 16 as a result of the loss. Hicks later admitted his delight at this. This marked the only time Hicks had won a at the Crucible since 1995. He next gave Ronnie O'Sullivan a challenge in the second round, before ultimately losing, 11–13.
Returning to the Top 32, in the following season he reached the last 32 in four of the six tournaments he entered, and retained his Top 32 status (marginally, at no. 31). He played in the 2006 World Championship, and lost to Steve Davis, 4–10, in the first round. Although slipping only a single position in the rankings (from no. 30 to no. 31) for 2006/2007, the year was not truly successful for him, and neither was 2006/2007, resulting in a drop down to the no. 41 position for 2007/2008 world rankings. After failing to qualify for the Welsh Open and China Open, he contemplated retiring if he could not retain a top-64 ranking.
He has compiled 100 competitive during his career, and has scored a maximum break at the UK Championship qualifiers in 2012. Despite winning only one key event, Hicks has career winnings of GB£562,560 (up to the start of the 2006/2007 season). He entered Q School in May 2018 in a bid to win back his place on the snooker professional tour.
He currently lives in Launceston, Cornwall and is the staff pro at Bell's Court Snooker Club in Falmouth. His wife Rachel was working there when they met; they married in 2005, and had their first child in 2006. He also plays golf, in a local society named after him.
Performance and rankings timeline
|European Masters||2R||SF||LQ||LQ||SF||2R||NH||LQ||Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||NR||Tournament Not Held||LQ||A||LQ||LQ||1R|
|English Open||Tournament Not Held||A||A||A||1R||2R|
|Championship League||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||WD|
|Northern Ireland Open||Tournament Not Held||A||A||A||1R||3R|
|Scottish Open||NH||2R||1R||2R||1R||2R||2R||1R||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||Tournament Not Held||MR||Not Held||A||A||A||1R||2R|
|World Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||NR||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|German Masters||Tournament Not Held||LQ||2R||LQ||NR||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||A||LQ||LQ||A||A||LQ||LQ|
|Shoot-Out||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||SF||A||2R||1R||2R|
|Players Championship||Tournament Not Held||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Gibraltar Open||Tournament Not Held||MR||A||3R||2R||1R||1R|
|WST Pro Series||Tournament Not Held||RR|
|Tour Championship||Tournament Not Held||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|World Seniors Championship||A||Tournament Not Held||A||A||A||LQ||A||A||A||NH||A||A|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Classic||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Strachan Open||2R||MR||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Dubai Classic||1R||LQ||QF||LQ||1R||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Malta Grand Prix||Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||LQ||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Thailand Masters||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||LQ||1R||LQ||LQ||NR||Not Held||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|British Open||LQ||LQ||3R||LQ||2R||2R||2R||1R||2R||LQ||3R||LQ||2R||QF||Tournament Not Held|
|Irish Masters||Non-Ranking Event||LQ||LQ||LQ||NH||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Northern Ireland Trophy||Tournament Not Held||NR||1R||LQ||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Bahrain Championship||Tournament Not Held||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Wuxi Classic||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||LQ||A||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Australian Goldfields Open||Not Held||NR||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||A||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Shanghai Masters||Tournament Not Held||LQ||2R||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||A||LQ||LQ||A||Non-Rank.||NH|
|China Open||Tournament Not Held||NR||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||A||LQ||1R||A||A||Not Held|
|Paul Hunter Classic||Tournament Not Held||Pro-am Event||Minor-Ranking Event||1R||1R||A||NR||NH|
|Indian Open||Tournament Not Held||A||NH||LQ||A||3R||Not Held|
|Riga Masters||Tournament Not Held||MR||2R||A||A||LQ||NH|
|International Championship||Tournament Not Held||LQ||A||LQ||LQ||A||A||LQ||NH|
|China Championship||Tournament Not Held||NR||A||A||LQ||NH|
|World Open||LQ||LQ||LQ||SF||2R||1R||1R||1R||3R||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ||2R||2R||RR||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||Not Held||LQ||A||A||LQ||NH|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|Scottish Masters||A||A||A||A||LQ||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Pontins Professional||A||A||A||A||QF||F||SF||A||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Masters Qualifying Event||1R||MR||1R||3R||1R||1R||W||3R||2R||SF||1R||3R||2R||NH||A||A||2R||2R||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Shoot-Out||Tournament Not Held||1R||1R||1R||A||A||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|
|DQ||disqualified from the tournament|
|NH / Not Held||event was not held.|
|NR / Non-Ranking Event||event is/was no longer a ranking event.|
|R / Ranking Event||event is/was a ranking event.|
|RV / Ranking & Variant Format Event||means an event is/was a ranking & variant format event.|
|MR / Minor-Ranking Event||means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.|
|PA / Pro-am Event||means an event is/was a pro-am event.|
|VF / Variant Format Event||means an event is/was a variant format event.|
- From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- He was an amateur.
- Players qualified One Year Ranking List started the season without ranking points.
- The event was called the Irish Open (1998/1999) and Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
- The event was called the International Open (1992/1993–1996/1997) and the Players Championship (2003/2004)
- The event was called the German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
- The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013) and the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014–2015/2016)
- The event was called the Strachan Challenge (1992/1993–1993/1994)
- The event was called the Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and the Asian Classic (1996/1997)
- The event was called the Asian Open (1991/1992–1992/1993) and the Thailand Open (1993/1994–1996/1997)
- The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
- The event was called the Australian Open (1994/1995) and the Australian Masters (1995/1996)
- The event was called the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
- The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2005/2006–2006/2007)
- The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
- The event was called the Grand Prix (1991/1992–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010), the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
- The event was also called the Benson & Hedges Championship (1990/1991–2002/2003)
Non-ranking finals: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||1994||Strachan Open||Anthony Hamilton||4–9|
|Runner-up||2.||1995||Scottish Masters Qualifying Event||Alan Burnett||2–5|
|Runner-up||3.||1997||Pontins Professional||Martin Clark||7–9|
|Winner||1.||1997||Benson & Hedges Championship||Paul Davies||9–6|
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- "Andy Hicks Profile on Sporting Life (2006)". Sporting Life. 2006. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
- Worley, Gavin (23 April 2001). "O'Sullivan rallies to open commanding lead". The Independent. London. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
- Shea, Julian (18 April 2004). "Bad-tempered Hann exits". BBC. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
- "Chris Turner's Snooker Archive – Top Century Makers". 2008. Archived from the original on 23 June 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
- "Snooker Q School Receives 190 Entries". World Professional Snooker and Billiards Association. 5 April 2018. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
- "Q School Event Three Winners". World Snooker. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
- Official Homepage of Bell's Court Snooker Club Archived 1 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 February 2019.