Stephen Hendry was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on 13th January 1969 and in 1985 became the youngest professional snooker player at the grand age of 16. He has been regarded as one of the greatest players of snooker winning his first world championship at the age of 21 in 1990. He has regained this title 7 times which is not an easy task in the modern game with many new players joining the circuit.
He has also held the record major title wins over his playing years with a grand total of 36 victories.
Between 1990 and 1998 he had the distinction of being the world’s no.1 player and this was repeated between 2006 to 2007. In 1994 he was awarded the MBE and in the UK he was voted Scottish sports personality of the year on two occasions.
He retired as a professional player in 2012 but he is still often seen on the TV commentating on major tournaments.
Only Steve Davis has won more professional titles than Stephen Hendry.
“The best player ever to pick up a snooker cue” – Ronnie O’Sullivan