32 Facts About Barry Hawkins


Barry Hawkins was born on 23 April 1979 and is an English professional snooker player from Ditton, Kent.


Barry Hawkins has now spent twelve successive seasons ranked inside the top 32.


Barry Hawkins played in the televised stages of every World Championship between his Crucible Theatre debut in 2006, and his failure to qualify in 2023.


Barry Hawkins lost in the first round on his first five appearances, but reached the second round in 2011 and 2012.


Barry Hawkins has since reached the semi-finals of the World Championship in 2014,2015,2017 and 2018, and he was runner-up in the Masters in 2016 and 2022.


Barry Hawkins reached the final of the non-ranking Kilkenny Irish Masters, however his only run past the last 16 in a ranking event was at the China Open, when he reached the semi-finals, again beating Ding along the way.


Barry Hawkins won five other matches, beating top-32 players Nigel Bond and Jamie Cope.


Barry Hawkins reached the last 16 at the Grand Prix, UK Championship and China Open.


Barry Hawkins then won at least his opening match in the next four ranking events, reaching the provisional top 16.


However, Barry Hawkins held his nerve in the deciding frame to finally end his losing run at the World Championship.


Barry Hawkins finished 22nd on the Order of Merit, inside the top 24 who qualified.


Barry Hawkins won the non-ranking Snooker Shoot-Out, a tournament where the winner of each round is determined by a single 10-minute frame.


Barry Hawkins' best run in the ranking events came in the final and biggest tournament of the season, the World Championship.


Barry Hawkins's next ranking event was the Australian Goldfields Open in Bendigo, where he defeated Xiao Guodong, Matthew Stevens, Matthew Selt, and Mark Davis to reach the first ranking event final of his 16-year professional career.


Barry Hawkins made three centuries in the final and climbed to world number 20 thanks to the win, as well as earning praise from Ebdon himself.


Barry Hawkins failed to get past the second round in the World Open, China Open or Welsh Open.


Barry Hawkins played in eight of the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship events with his best result being a semi-final defeat by Joe Swail in the first European Tour Event.


Barry Hawkins played in all eight European Tour events during the season with his best result being a semi-final defeat at the Bulgarian Open, which helped him finish 25th on the Order of Merit and claim the final spot for the Finals.


Barry Hawkins faced an unlikely opponent in world number 66 and practice partner Gerard Greene.


At the World Championship, Barry Hawkins played Ricky Walden in the second round, a repeat of last year's semi-final.


However, Barry Hawkins regrouped and made breaks of 66 and 65 to win the last two frames and move into the semi-finals, where he faced Ronnie O'Sullivan in a rematch of the previous year's final.


Barry Hawkins was the world number five at the end of the campaign, the highest he has ever finished a season.


The tie would eventually go into a deciding frame which Barry Hawkins won with a 61 break to reach the semi-finals for the third year in a row.


Barry Hawkins took two months off at the beginning of the season and said he would be more selective with the events he enters in order to remain fresh for the entire year.


Barry Hawkins conceded only a total of seven frames in his seven matches during the event.


Barry Hawkins met O'Sullivan in the second round of the World Championship, a player who he had not beat in 10 matches stretching back 14 years since their very first meeting.


The next Home Nations event was the Northern Ireland Open and Barry Hawkins again won through to the semi-finals.


Barry Hawkins had a good run at the Masters, needing only one frame to reach the final for a second consecutive time.


In September 2018, Barry Hawkins reached the final of the Shanghai Masters, an invitational tournament, after winning against Stephen Maguire, Mark Williams, and Ding Junhui, and set up a final with the defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan.


In January 2021, Barry Hawkins did not participate in the Masters, but he did reach the semi-final of the German Masters at the end of the month, his first appearance in the last four of a ranking event since 2019, and faced Judd Trump.


Barry Hawkins holding the cue in his left hand for a normal shot.


Barry Hawkins has been with his partner Tara since 2001; in January 2009 they had their first child, a son named Harrison.