John Higgins

John Higgins, MBE (born 18 May 1975) is a Scottish professional snooker player. Since turning professional in 1992, he has won 31 ranking titles, including four World Championships and three UK Championships, as well as two Masters titles. In terms of world titles in the modern era, Higgins is joint fifth, level with Mark Selby and behind Stephen Hendry (7), Steve Davis (6), Ray Reardon (6) and Ronnie O'Sullivan (6). His 31 career ranking titles puts him in third place behind Hendry (36) and O'Sullivan (37). Known as a prolific break-builder, he has compiled over 800 century breaks in professional tournaments, second only to O'Sullivan. He has also compiled 12 competitive maximum breaks, ahead of Hendry (11), placing him second behind O'Sullivan (15). Higgins has been world number 1 on four occasions.[2]

John Higgins
MBE
Born (1975-05-18) 18 May 1975 (age 46)
Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Sport country Scotland
NicknameThe Wizard of Wishaw
Professional1992–
Highest ranking1 (May 1998 – May 2000, May 2007 – May 2008, May–September 2010, December 2010 – May 2011)
Current ranking 7 (as of 23 August 2021)
Career winnings£9,295,578
Highest break147 (12 times)[1]
Century breaks841
Tournament wins
Ranking31
Minor-ranking3
Non-ranking19
World Champion

In 2010, the News of the World tabloid newspaper carried out a sting operation in a hotel room in Ukraine, which claimed to show Higgins and his then-manager arranging to lose specific frames in future matches for money. Although an investigation cleared Higgins of match-fixing allegations, it was found that he had brought the sport into disrepute by failing to report, and giving the impression of agreeing with, an invitation to breach the sport's betting rules. The WPBSA banned Higgins from professional competition for six months and fined him £75,000. He returned to the tour midway through the 2010–11 season.

Higgins added a third UK Championship title in 2010 and claimed his fourth world title in 2011. He then experienced a slump in form, and between 2012 and 2014 only won the 2012 Shanghai Masters. He spoke frequently in this period about his struggles with confidence and consistency. However, in 2015, Higgins returned to winning ways, capturing three ranking titles. He reached three consecutive World Championship finals between 2017 and 2019, but was runner-up each time, losing to Selby in 2017, to Mark Williams in 2018 and to Judd Trump in 2019.