Stephen Hendry is a snooker player, many of whomconsider the greatest in the history of billiards. In his asset - a huge number of world records: the amount of prize money, the number of seasons, titles, etc. He was the first Scottish player to set an example for the next generation of snooker players. In the 80s Steve Davis dominated this game, and the 90's were owned exclusively by Hendry. His advantage over the opponents was so clear that some of them purely psychologically lost before the match. In this article, we will describe a brief biography of the snooker player.
Stephen James Hendry was born in Edinburgh(Scotland) in 1969. The father of the future snookerist had a business selling fruit and vegetables. When the boy was seven years old, Hendry's family moved to Fife. Then the parents divorced, and the hero of this article, along with his mother, went to the South Queensferry.
Soon, Stephen Hendry was carried away by billiards. Scotland was just needed a new player, because from the 1950s no one could win the title. Stephen managed to do this at age 14 at the 1983 National Championship. Naturally, he chained to everyone's attention. 15 years - this is the age in which the amateur world championship defeated Stephen Hendry. Snooker became for him the main occupation in life. At the age of 16 a young man received professional status.
In his first season, Stephen Hendry reached 1/16 of the tournament "Mercantil Credit Classic" and reached the first round of the World Cup. But, unfortunately, he was beaten by Willie Thorne. Season Stephen finished only in 51st place.
1986-1987 became more successful for him. Snookerist defended his champion title and passed in the quarter finals of Mercantil and the Grand Prix. Hendry was stopped by Joe Johnson, who rose to 23rd place in the ranking. Nevertheless, Stephen began to be spoken of as the likely successor to Davis. Of course, the venerable Johnson taught Hendry some offensive "lessons", but this did not in any way affect Stephen's determination. On the contrary, he even more wanted to become the best snooker player on the planet.
In the same season, Hendry Stephen was seen andestimated entrepreneur Ian Doyle. He became the manager of the young player. Their cooperation formed the basis for the creation of the company "110 sport". Now she deals with the affairs of most top players.
In the third season, snooker Stephen Hendry becameWin in rating tournaments on a regular basis. He won the British Open and the Grand Prix. Also, Stephen defended his Scottish title and won at the Australian Masters. At the end of the season, Hendry took the fourth place in the ranking. Everyone realized that the young man was a new phenomenon in snooker.
The next season, Hendry Stephen did not spend very muchsuccessfully. He did not win a single rating tournament. But the snooker player won the "Masters" in New Zealand and Wembley. This allowed the hero of this article to take the third line in the final rating.
Season 1989/90 became for billiards triumphal -to the titles of the winner of "Wembley" and "Scottish Masters", "Action Open", "Dubai Classic", snookerist added the World Cup cup. 21 years is the age in which Stephen Hendry did it. The career of the young man has reached a new level. He took the first line of the world ranking snukeristov.
In the following season, Stephen was unable to defend hischampion title. But he won a couple of tournaments, "Masters" and five rating competitions. This before him, no one could do (this record holds and to this day).
1992 - this is the year when I returned my championshipcrown of Stephen Hendry. Snooker actively developed, and the young man has many new competitors. The most colorful were John Higgins and Ronnie O'Sullivan. Nevertheless, the billiard player continued to dominate, steadily winning 2-3 rating competitions a year and holding the first place in the standings. In 1994, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (MBE) and was named the sportsman of the year (voting in the BBC).
In 1996, Stephen became the sixth timeworld champion. Billiard player equaled to this indicator with Steve Davis and Ray Rearon. In 1997, Hendry planned to win the championship cup for the seventh time. Snookerist easily reached the final, but met there with Ken Doierty, who, like the hero of this article, planned to become the first. Stephen lost to him with a rather unexpected score - 18:12. Nevertheless, in the general rating, the billiard player has already won the first line for the eighth consecutive time.
In the next season (1997/98), Stephen Hendry againcould not climb Olympus. The most offensive for the snooker player was that he was beaten by Jimmy White. Prior to this, Stephen defeated him in the finals four times. Everything became even worse when Hendry was seized the first line of the rating. This was done by John Higgins, having won the tournament in Sheffield. Stephen was very upset, because he was proud of the first place in the rating no less than the champion titles.
At this point, most snooker reviewerssaid about the imminent end of Hendry's career, because the level of his game compared to the early 90's significantly decreased. In addition, in the back Stephen was breathing billiard players of a new generation (Ronnie O'Sullivan, Mark Williams, John Higgins, etc.), focusing on the high bar, which asked the hero of this article. But Hendry also did not think to finish his career. As in the distant eighties, his determination to return the billiard crown only increased.
The long-awaited title
In 1999, Stephen Hendry, a bibliography of whichnot very extensive (just one book), finally became the world champion for the seventh time. But the first line of the rating snukerist never returned. Billiard player continued to win in a couple of tournaments for the season, but his unconditional leadership was left behind. Nevertheless, Stephen was in the top five of the strongest snookerists of the planet and created them a serious competition.
The following seasons were for billiards not verysuccessful. 2004-2005 passed for Stephen quite strenuously. Hendry was actively coached by Terry Griffiths. Their joint efforts led the hero of this article to victory at the "Malta Cap". In the final, "Welsh Open," Stephen lost to O'Sullivan with a score of 8: 9. At the "China Open" Hendry also suffered a defeat (5: 9) from the young talent of Din Jianhui. The result was a terrible performance in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Snookerist lost to Matthew Stevens with a score of 11:13. Hendry very emotionally commented on this defeat at a subsequent press conference. The only advantage was that the billiard player still got on the second line of the world rating.
Particularly disastrous became 2005-2006. Hendry with great difficulty reached the semifinals of the championship of Great Britain. There, with a score of 9: 6, he was defeated by Steve Davis. In the final of the Premier League snookerist also waited for failure. Ronnie O'Sullivan crushed him dry - 6: 0. Then Hendry lost to Alan McManus in the first round of Masters and could not defend the title of champion of Malta. The frisky victory over Robertson 5: 1 (and Stephen made in the match 4 centuri) led to a loss in the quarter finals from Higgins with a score of 2: 5. Has not developed in Hendry and many other tournaments. As a result, the competition between Ronnie and Stephen should have come to an end, as both snookerists just had a terrible season. In addition to all, Hendry lost to Nigel Bond the first round of the World Cup with a score of 9:10. He could not score a black ball.
Only in 2006-2007, Stephen Hendry, achievementswhich is presented in this article, again was able to regain the first line of the rating. His other victories can not be called equally significant. The most vivid performances of the snooker player took place at the Welch Open and the British Championship, where Stephen managed to reach the final. It became obvious to everyone that Hendry had lost his old skill and would never be the same again. If at the beginning of the zero Snooker player was in the top 5 rankings, then now Steven dropped below the tenth place.
Someone from the billiards has a more accurate blow,someone is a master of wins, and some have a genetic predisposition to this sport. However, the great snookerists are united only by one quality - universality. They are good in everything and know how to subordinate their circumstances. Once Stephen planned to become a millionaire by the age of 27 and withdraw from snooker. However, everything turned out differently. 43 years - this is the age in which Stephen Hendry retired. Achievements in the career of this player can serve as role models: in addition to many won titles and established records, the athlete earned more than 8 million pounds.
The main passion for the hero of this article is golf. Also, the athlete is considered an avid poker player. He often spends his time doing this with his friend Mark Williams.
Stephen Hendry, whose biography wasis represented above, lives in Perthshire county (Ohterarder town) with his wife Mandy and children - sons Carter and Blaine. With his future wife snookerist met in the camp of Pontins (Wales) in 1984. Sister Mandy named Maria participated in the billiard tournament, where she took 2nd place. Hendry was at that time 16 years old. Steven's manager Ian Doyle did not approve of their romance. He led the young man to the world championship, and the girl became an obstacle in his way.
After Stephen's game deteriorated, IanHe forbade Mandy to accompany the snooker player to the tournaments. In 1990, Hendry won for the first time at the World Championship. By that time, he had already met Mandy for quite some time. Especially they were brought together by a car accident in 1988 in Blackpool. As a result, she received a concussion and a fracture of pelvic bones. For several weeks, Mandy lay in the hospital. Billiards often visited his beloved.
For some time Stephen Hendry lived with his wife inArmadale, but before the birth of the first son, the couple moved to Perthshire. Their sandstone house with two turrets and four bedrooms is located not far from the private road in Ochterarder. The eldest son of Stephen also plays snooker. He already managed to win one of the tournaments of the Spencers club in the city of Stirling.