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Overview (4)

Born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK
Birth NameMark Anthony Selby
Nicknames The Jester from Leicester
Mark the Shark
Sat-Nav Selby
The Leicester Jester
Height 6' 0¼" (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mark Selby was born on June 19, 1983 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Mark Anthony Selby. He has been married to Vikki Layton since May 24, 2011. They have one child.

Spouse (1)

Vikki Layton (24 May 2011 - present) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Unique, witty sense of humour
His good looks

Trivia (17)

Highest tournament break: 147 in the 2009 Jiangsu Classic, China.
Favorite sports star: Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stephen Hendry, Tiger Woods.
Friend of snooker player Shaun Murphy.
Joined the main professional snooker tour in 1999 at the age of 16.
Is the 2014 World Snooker Champion and the current World No. 1.
As well as a snooker player, he is a pool player. So was his wife until she gave it up.
Is a fan of Leicester City F.C., whom he has supported since childhood.
On 11 November 2014, welcomed his first child with his wife. A baby girl named Sofia Maria.
His nickname, "The Jester from Leicester", was given to him by snooker compère Richard Beare.
Favorite movie is Forrest Gump (1994).
On 30 October 2016 won the International Championship in Daqing, China. He defeated Ding Junhui 10-1.
On 4 December 2016 won the Betway UK Championship as he defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-7 in the final.
On 2 April 2017 won China Open. He defeated Mark Williams 10-8 in the final.
On 1 May 2017 successfully defended his World Title and won the championship for a 3rd time. He defeated John Higgins in the final 18-15.
His mentor is Malcolm Thorne.
On 5 November 2017 won for the second time the International Championship in Daqing, China. He beat Mark Allen 10-7 in the final.
Son of David and Shirley Selby.

Personal Quotes (17)

You do need a little bit of luck and sometimes it's out of your hands, but I definitely feel I have what it takes to be a World Champion.
I must stay focused and with the ranking system changing the pressure is really on the players now.
In my eyes Ronnie and Stephen Hendry are still two of the greatest players to play the game.
On playing against Ronnie O'Sullivan at the 2016 UK Championship: It is a fantastic feeling to play him in the final.
Not everyone's naturally talented.
On his victory over Ronnie O'Sullivan at the 2016 UK Championship: To play Ronnie O'Sullivan in any game is always a great atmosphere and gives you a buzz, I had to be on the top of my game, and if I had only played at 60% then I wouldn't have won.
With the criticism I get, it inspires me even more, it makes me want to try harder.
I know I'm going to get my chances, it's just whether I take them or not.
I've played everybody in the past and when you leave them a long ball you want them to go for it but with Neil ('Neil Robetrson' (VI)) every time he played a long ball I was thinking he'd smash it in and win the frame, and more often than not he did.
Ronnie's a genius. He doesn't fear anyone. I've watched his performances this week and he's played great snooker in patches. In other patches he's missed a few balls and people haven't punished him.
I don't feel too bad at the moment but I'm sure when I get back to the room I won't sleep because of all the adrenalin for tomorrow. But I'm looking forward to it and I'll go out and enjoy it.
I don't bottle it, that's why I've spent 100 weeks at number one.
Last year was the best year I've had in winning three tournaments. It has been a great run. Ranking and titles are equally important. I want to stay at number one for as long as possible. It would be great to continue that for as long as I can.
When I started out as a professional in 1999, I'd be lying to say I didn't play for money because obviously you can't carry on playing without money. Once you start winning a few events and invest the money wisely, you can set yourself on the way. That's what I've done over the past few years by winning a few big tournaments.
It is unbelievable to be world number one for 100 weeks, especially with the format and the structure of the rankings. It can fluctuate so much these days with the prize money contributing to your ranking. To stay up there for that length of time is a fantastic achievement. Because it is on a prize money basis, you are rewarded for consistency. If you get to semi-finals or final you are picking up decent money. I think I've won at least one tournament over the past four or five years, and knocked on the doors at others.
I've got a swimming pool at home and I can't swim. I'm not really one to splash out, so hopefully I can win a few more, and I don't need to worry about getting a job after snooker.
The prize money is great until the taxman sees it. I play snooker to try to win titles, and if you are doing that, the money comes with it.

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