On this week: Birth of a legend
Snooker historian Chris Turner looks back at the birth of the great Fred Davis and a first title for Eurosport commentator Mike Hallett.
9 August 2003 – DOHERTY WINS McNAMEE MEMORIAL EVENT
The inaugural 7-Up Barry McNamee Memorial Trophy - set up in memory of the snooker pro who died after a car crash in March 2002 - was won by Ken Doherty, who beat Joe Swail 6-5 in the final in Dungannon.
10 August 1998 – MAXIMUM FOR GUNNELL
In qualifying for the Thailand Masters at Plymouth Pavilions, Adrian Gunnell compiled the 23rd official maximum break in professional competition. It came in his match against Mario Wehrmann.
12 August 2007 – OUTSIDER DALE WINS SHANGHAI MASTERS
Dominic Dale won eight frames in a row in coming from 2-6 down to beat Ryan Day 10-6 and claim the inaugural Roewe Shanghai Masters title as a 100-1 outsider. It was his second ranking victory and came nearly ten years after his first – by far the longest gap between any player's first and second major titles.
13 August 1989 – AT LAST, A RANKING TITLE FOR HALLETT
In his eleventh season as a professional Mike Hallett finally won a ranking title. Hallett, who now regularly commentates on the game for Eurosport, beat Dene O'Kane 9-8 to win the one-off Hong Kong Open title.
13 August 1998 – MAXIMUM FOR HUSNU
The 24th official maximum break in professional competition was compiled by Mehmet Husnu against Eddie Barker in the qualifying rounds of the China International at Plymouth Pavilions.
14 August 1913 – FRED DAVIS BORN
Fred Davis OBE, eight times world professional snooker champion and twice world billiards champion, was born in Whittington Moor, Derbyshire. Fred, who died in 1998, continued to play on the tour until 1992 when, at the age of 78, he was the oldest active professional sportsman in the world.
15 August 1847 – JOHN ROBERTS Jr BORN
One of the all-time greats of the Billiards world, John Roberts Jr, was born. He won the world professional title nine times and undertook many world tours, helping to spread the game to many other countries. He died in December 1919.
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