Mark Selby

filtered by: date September 2012

Mark Selby competition

Mark Selby competition

Win a signed Mark Selby poster

We have an exclusive colour poster (size 16.5 x 11.5 inch) of two-time Masters champion Mark Selby, signed by the world No.1 himself, to give away to one lucky Living Snooker reader.

read more | 0 comments

If you enjoy it, remember to share it with other sports fans

I can still be No.1 and world champion

"I’m the only world No.1 not to have won the world title. But the way I look it, I’ve still got plenty of time to win it and still be No.1."

Mark Selby on why he believes he deserves the world No.1 status on merit, and how time is on his side to taste glory at the Crucible.

read more | 6 comments

If you enjoy it, remember to share it with other sports fans

Player Profile

Mark Selby


Name: Mark Selby
Date of birth: June 19, 1983
Lives: Leicester
Turned pro: 1999
World ranking: No.2
Best ranking performance: 2008 Welsh Open, 2011 Shanghai Masters, 2012 UK Championship
Highest tournament break: 147 (2009 Jiangsu Classic)


What make of cue do you use? Stamford Cues. I had a Parris cue until a few years back but it got to the stage that I needed a new one. I used to take my cue to Stamford for repairs as they’re only 45 minutes away, and they put a few on display for me and I picked one that felt comfortable. That was in 2007 and I’ve been using it ever since.
How many 147 breaks have you made, in competition or practice? One in competition, and around 85 in practice. I used to keep count but don’t so much anymore.
Who is the best player you’ve ever played? Stephen Hendry. He broke so many records and just had everything. I played him in my first year on tour when he was at his peak, and it was an honour to play him.
Who is the greatest player ever to pick up a snooker cue? See above!
What is your favourite tournament venue? I wouldn’t say the Crucible is the best venue, but it is the best playing arena, it’s second to none. And especially when it’s down to the one-table situation. And also because it’s where the World Championship is held, my favourite event.
Best moment in snooker? Winning the Masters on my debut in 2008.
Worst moment in snooker? Where do I start?! Probably losing to Mark King in the first round of the World Championship in 2008. I’d had a great year and went there in top form, full of confidence and thinking of winning the title after finishing runner-up the previous year.
What is your strongest trait as a player? My temperament. It’s got better and better as I’ve progressed, and it helps bring out the best in me when I’m in pressure situations.
What is your walk-on music, and why? It’s still Underdog by Kasabian. I know a few of the band and, because they’re from Leicester, it was an obvious choice. I suppose I should think about changing it though, I can’t really call myself an underdog when I’m world No.1!
Greatest match you’ve ever been involved in, win or lose? Beating Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-9 in the final of the 2010 Masters, when I fought back from 9-6 down. I’d never experienced an atmosphere like it, nor have I since.


Three things you like? 1) Football 2) Vikki 3) Music
Three things you hate? 1) Vikki! No, try Marmite instead 2) Spiders 3) Snakes
Three things you want? 1) To be world champion 2) Children 3) To keep playing as long as possible
Three things you regret? 1) Not being by my dad’s bedside when he passed away 2) Not meeting Vikki earlier 3) My dad not seeing me play as a professional – he passed away the month before
Three things that need doing at home? 1) There are more than three! Vikki says the curtains in the dining room need putting up 2) Vikki says the log cabin in the garden needs painting 3) Vikki says the sink needs fixing!

Follow Mark on Twitter: @markjesterselby

Read the latest snooker blog.

Newsletter sign up