Thepchaiya Un-Nooh


Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (Thai: เทพไชยา อุ่นหนู Thephchịyā Xùnh̄nū; born 18 April 1985) is a Thai professional snooker player. He has won one ranking event, the 2019 Snooker Shoot Out, and finished as runner-up in the 2019 World Open. He is regarded as one of the fastest snooker players on the World Tour,[1] averaging less than 17 seconds per shot during the 2017–18 snooker season.[2]

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Un-Nooh at the 2014 German Masters
Born (1985-04-18) 18 April 1985 (age 36)
Bangkok, Thailand
Sport country Thailand
Nickname
  • Thai Rocket
  • F-One
  • Speed King
Professional2009/2010, 2012–
Highest ranking15 (October 2020–)
Current ranking 19 (as of 4 May 2021)
Career winnings£571,074
Highest break147 (2 times)
Century breaks121
Tournament wins
Ranking1
Non-ranking1
Un-Nooh in 2013

Career


Un-Nooh first entered the professional tour for the 2009–10 season by winning the 2008 IBSF World Snooker Championship. He dropped off the main tour after just one season.

He received the Thai nomination to compete on the snooker tour for the 2012–13 season.[3] As a new player on the tour, he needed to win four matches to reach the main stage of the ranking events. He lost in the third qualifying round in three of the first four ranking events of the season.[4] In September, it was announced that his match at the Players Tour Championship – Event 3 against Steve Davis was under investigation due to unusual betting patterns.[5] Un-Nooh moved from an 8/11 odds-on favourite to 11/8 against just before the match started, and went on to lose 0–4 to the six-time world champion.[6] World Snooker released a statement in November to confirm that there was insufficient evidence, and that no further action would be taken against Un-Nooh.[7] He reached the final qualifying round for the UK Championship and the World Open, but lost to Michael Holt and Ryan Day respectively.[4] Un-Nooh played in nine of the ten Players Tour Championship Events during the season; his best results were three last-16 defeats in European Tour Events, and he finished 46th on the PTC Order of Merit.[8] His season ended when he was beaten 3–10 by Ben Woollaston in the third round of World Championship Qualifying, which saw him finish the year ranked world number 69.[9][10]

2013/2014 season

Un-Nooh lost in the qualifying rounds for the first four ranking events of the 2013–14 season, but then beat Gerard Greene 6–5 to reach the International Championship in Chengdu, China.[11] In his first appearance in the main draw of a ranking event he thrashed Zhang Anda 6–1, before losing by the same scoreline to Neil Robertson in the last 32.[12] However, the experience seemed to kick start Un-Nooh's season as in 2014 he played at the venue stage of four of the remaining six ranking events. He beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 5–4 in qualifying for the German Masters, with the reigning world champion playing high risk exhibition shots throughout the match, but Un-Nooh was whitewashed 5–0 by Jack Lisowski in the first round.[13][14] At the World Open, Un-Nooh led Stephen Maguire 3–0, before the world number eight rallied to win four frames in a row. The match went into a deciding frame in which Un-Nooh made a break of sixty, only for Maguire to get a chance to win but then miss the final brown, handing Un-Nooh a big scalp.[15] He then reached the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time by beating Andrew Higginson 5–1 and lost 5–2 to Graeme Dott, despite missing the final pink when on a 147 break during the match.[11] Un-Nooh advanced to the last 32 of the China Open by whitewashing 1997 world champion Ken Doherty 5–0, before losing 5–3 against Ding Junhui.[11] His performances during the campaign saw him end it in the top 64 in the world rankings for the first time as he was placed 59th.[16]

2014/2015 season

Un-Nooh qualified for the International Championship for the second year in a row, but was edged out 6–5 by Fergal O'Brien in the first round.[17] He also lost in a deciding frame in the first round of the UK Championship against Robin Hull, despite making breaks of 137 and 117 during the match.[18] Un-Nooh won five games to reach the semi-finals of the Xuzhou Open where he beat Mark Williams 4–1 to play in his first final in a professional event. He was defeated 4–1 by Joe Perry, but he described Un-Nooh as an exceptional talent after the match.[19]

Un-Nooh defeated defending champion Ding Junhui in the first round of the Indian Open, calling it his biggest win after the match. He also stated that he didn't feel he could win the title.[20] Nevertheless, he whitewashed Luca Brecel 4–0 and then recorded wins over Jamie Jones and Mark Davis to reach the semi-finals of a ranking event for the first time.[21] Un-Nooh compiled a trio of half-century breaks to race into a 3–0 lead over Ricky Walden, but went on to lose 4–3.[22] His Asian final saw him finish fourth on their Order of Merit to make his debut in the Grand Final, where he was knocked out 4–1 by Mark Williams in the first round.[23] Un-Nooh's rise up the rankings continued as he ended the year 49th in the world.[24]

2015/2016 season

Un-Nooh scored his first professional win at the 2015 Six-red World Championship in Bangkok, Thailand. He beat world champion Stuart Bingham and former UK Champion Judd Trump en route to a final with China's Liang Wenbo, which he won 8–2 in frames.[25] Un-Nooh missed the final black in attempting to make a maximum break in his 6–2 loss to Neil Robertson at the UK Championship.[26] He appeared on Channel 4 show TFI Friday a few days later to recreate the shot, and this time potted it.[27] At the World Grand Prix, Un-Nooh eliminated Marco Fu 4–3 and Mark Allen 4–2 to reach the quarter-finals. He made breaks of 97, 84 and 74 to lead 3–1, but Ding Junhui took the match 4–3.[28] Incredibly, in the final round of World Championship qualifying, Un-Nooh missed another 147 final black. He did make a 144 later on in the match, but his opponent Anthony McGill won 10–7.[29] Un Nooh increased his ranking by 16 places over the year to end it as the world number 33.[30]

2016/2017 season

Un-Nooh knocked out world number one Mark Selby 5–3 in the second round of the World Open, and then whitewashed Alan McManus 5–0 and beat Anthony McGill 5–2.[31] In the semi-finals he suffered a 6–1 loss to Ali Carter.[32] In the third round of the Paul Hunter Classic against Kurt Maflin, Un-Nooh finally made his first professional 147 break, after twice missing the final black the previous season. It earned him £40,000, and he won the match 4–1 before then narrowly beating Mark Allen and David Grace both 4–3, to reach the semi-finals of a ranking tournament for the second successive event.[33] Un-Nooh lost 4–2 against Tom Ford. He struggled to build on this afterward, for he could not win a first-round match until the 2017 Welsh Open, in which he beat Ben Woollaston 4–0 and then saw off Ryan Day 4–1, before being defeated 4–1 by Barry Hawkins.[34]

2017/2018 season

2018/2019 season

Un-Nooh secured his first ranking event title at the 2019 Snooker Shoot Out, beating Michael Holt with a break of 74. This came after he made the highest break in the tournament's history, 139, in the semi-finals to beat Jamie Clarke. He secured a £32,000 prize and became the second player from Thailand to win a ranking event.[35]

Performance and rankings timeline


Tournament 2008/
09
2009/
10
2010/
11
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
2018/
19
2019/
20
2020/
21
Ranking[36][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 2] [nb 3] 69 59 49 33 42 56 37 20
Ranking tournaments
European Masters Tournament Not Held A 2R 1R QF 1R
English Open Tournament Not Held 1R 2R 3R 4R 2R
Championship League Tournament Not Held 2R
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 1R 3R QF 3R 4R
UK Championship A LQ A LQ 1R 1R 3R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R
Scottish Open Not Held MR Not Held 1R 1R 1R QF 2R
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR QF DNQ DNQ DNQ 1R DNQ
German Masters Not Held A LQ 1R LQ LQ 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ
Shoot-Out Not Held Non-Ranking Event 2R A W 2R 4R
Welsh Open A LQ A LQ 2R 2R 2R 3R 2R 2R 1R 1R
Players Championship[nb 4] Not Held A DNQ DNQ 1R DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 1R DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR A WD 3R QF 4R
WST Pro Series Tournament Not Held RR
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ
World Championship A LQ A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R 1R LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Champion of Champions Tournament Not Held A A A A A A QF A
Masters A A A A A A A A A A A 1R
Championship League A A A A A A A A A A A RR
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship[nb 5] 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R W 2R F RR RR NH
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic[nb 6] Non-Ranking Event LQ LQ WD Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open Not Held LQ LQ WD A Tournament Not Held
Shanghai Masters A LQ A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ Non-Rank. NH
Paul Hunter Classic Pro-am Minor-Ranking Event SF A 4R NR NH
Indian Open Tournament Not Held LQ SF NH LQ LQ 2R Not Held
China Open A LQ A LQ 2R LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ Not Held
Riga Masters[nb 7] Tournament Not Held MR LQ 2R A 3R NH
International Championship Not Held LQ 2R 1R SF LQ LQ 1R 1R NH
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR 2R LQ 1R NH
World Open[nb 8] A LQ LQ LQ 3R Not Held SF 3R 1R F NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Shoot-Out Not Held A 3R 3R 1R 2R Ranking Event
Haining Open Tournament Not Held MR A A 3R W NR
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 Heldmeans an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a ranking event.
RV / Ranking & Variant Format Eventmeans an event is/was a ranking & variant format event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
PA / Pro-am Eventmeans an event is/was a pro-am event.
VF / Variant Format Eventmeans an event is/was a variant format event.
  1. From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. He was an amateur.
  3. New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  4. The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013) and the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014–2015/2016)
  5. The event was called the Six-red Snooker International (2008/2009) and the Six-red World Grand Prix (2009/2010)
  6. The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
  7. The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  8. The event was called the Grand Prix (2008/2009–2009/2010) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)

Career finals


Ranking finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2019 Snooker Shoot Out Michael Holt 1–0
Runner-up 1. 2019 World Open Judd Trump 5–10

Minor-ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2015 Xuzhou Open Joe Perry 1–4

Non-ranking finals: 1 (1 title)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2019 Haining Open Li Hang 5–3

Variant finals: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2011 Southeast Asian Games (6-red) Ang Boon Chin 4–1
Winner 1. 2015 Six-red World Championship Liang Wenbo 8–2
Runner-up 1. 2017 Six-red World Championship Mark Williams 2–8

Pro-am finals: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2007 Southeast Asian Games Phaitoon Phonbun 1–4

Amateur finals: 2 (2 titles)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2008 IBSF World Snooker Championship Colm Gilcreest 11–7
Winner 2. 2009 PIOS – Event 7 Lee Page 6–3

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