|Born||27 January 2001|
Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
|Highest ranking||91 (Dec 2019)|
|120 (as of 4 May 2021)|
2020 UK Championship
2021 Welsh Open
|Best ranking finish||Last 32 (2019 English Open)|
Fan started playing snooker at the age of 5 in Harbin. Just one year later he finished 5th in the National Youth Pool Championships. When he was 8 he finished 3rd in the National Youth Snooker Championships. A trip to Singapore at the age of 14 saw him reach the final of the 2015 Cuesports Singapore Snooker Open, losing to experienced local player Marvin Lim 5-3, after taking a 2-0 lead.
In July 2017, Fan won five out of the last six frames to beat top seed Luo Honghao 7–6 and win the IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship at the tournament held in China. With this victory he was awarded a two-year Main Tour card for the professional snooker tour.
He competed at the 2018 World Snooker Team Cup representing China with Zhang Jiankang but they lost to India 2–3 in the Round of 16.
At just 17, Fan was the youngest player on the professional tour in 2018-19. His first match was a 4-1 loss to Jack Lisowski in the Riga Masters, and his first win was against his practice partner Lyu Haotian 6-5 in the International Championship. However, he could only manage one further win in the remainder of the season, which finished in a 10-5 loss to Chris Wakelin in the World Championship.
Fan's best performance in the 2019-20 season came in the English Open. After a close win against Riley Parsons 4-3, he faced Chris Wakelin. At 3-3 the match ended on a respotted black in the final frame. After easy misses by both players Fan potted it to reach the last-32 for the first time. His run was ended by Shaun Murphy 4-0.
In subsequent tournaments Fan had further victories against Zhou Yuelong and Peter Lines. With the outbreak of COVID-19, the snooker season was suspended. Fan Zhengyi was one of only 4 Chinese players to stay in the UK, but was unable to practice due to lockdown restrictions. He played in the rescheduled World Championship, and beat amateur Dylan Emery 6-4 in the first round. He produced a fine attacking display in the second round against Dominic Dale, but eventually lost 6-4 after having led 4-3. Thus his season finished ranked 92, which meant he was relegated from the tour.
In an attempt to regain his Tour Card, Fan entered Q School. With 7 wins and no losses he was successful, beating two-time ranking event winner Michael White 4-2 in the final round, thus gaining entry to the 20-21 and 2021-22 snooker seasons.
Fan has a very unusual technique. He is very left-eye dominant, and when playing the shot, his cue is to the left of his head. Before turning professional, he was a member of the Wiraka Snooker Academy and was coached by Roger Leighton.
Fan was also a promising table tennis player, but decided to concentrate on snooker. He is also a cat-lover. During the season, he lives in Sheffield and practices at the Victoria Academy.
Performance and rankings timeline
|Championship League||Non-Ranking Event||RR|
|Northern Ireland Open||A||A||1R||1R||1R|
|World Grand Prix||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|WST Pro Series||Tournament Not Held||RR|
|Tour Championship||Not Held||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Indian Open||A||A||LQ||Not Held|
|China Open||1R||LQ||LQ||Not Held|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|Shanghai Masters||Ranking Event||1R||A||NH|
|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|
|NH / Not Held||means an event was not held.|
|NR / Non-Ranking Event||means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.|
|R / Ranking Event||means an event is/was a ranking event.|
|MR / Minor-Ranking Event||means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.|
- It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- He was an amateur.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- Players qualified through Q School started the season without ranking points.
Amateur finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||2017||ACBS Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship||Yuan Sijun||2–6|
|Winner||1.||2017||World Under-21 Snooker Championship||Luo Honghao||7–6|
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- "World Snooker Team Cup: India in Doha semis - The Peninsula Qatar". www.thepeninsulaqatar.com.
- "Snooker coach Roger has China in his hands".
- "Fan Thrilled to Bounce Back".
- "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.