Born on 13rd of January 1969
(full name and title: Stephen Gordon Hendry, MBE)
Born: January 13, 1969
Stephen Hendry is a professional snooker player born in South Queensferry, a district of Edinburgh in Scotland. After taking up snooker at the age of 12 he was almost an instant success. He won the National U16 championship after only two years of playing snooker, still only fourteen at the time. A year later he took the title at the Scottish Amateur Championship and after successfully defending his title he turned professional in 1985. This made him the youngest ever professional snooker player being only just over 16 years old at the time.
It did not take Stephen long to make his mark on the professional snooker world. In the 1989/90 season he began to dominate world snooker, winning the UK Championship and the World Championship; along with the Dubai Classic, Asian Open, Scottish Masters and the Wembley Masters. By the age of 21 he had reached the top of the World Rankings.
Stephen continued to dominate the sport for many years, with eight years at the top of the World Rankings (a record achievement). He has won a record seven World Championship titles up to 2008; all of these coming during the main period of his domination of the sport, the 1990s. In total to 2008, Stephen has won 65 professional titles, second only to Steve Davis who has won 73.
He was raised in Fife, where he attended the Inverkeithing High School. He now resides near Gleneagles and enjoys the game of Golf, in which he has a single figure handicap.
In winning his seven World Championships Hendry used the same cue; which he had purchased at the age of 14 for a modest sum of £40. It must have been heartbreaking therefore when the cue was broken on a flight back to Scotland from an event in Thailand.
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