Paul Hunter Classic 2017

Player Details

Gerard Greene

D.O.B. 12 Nov 1973

 

Lives Rainham, Kent

 

Turned Pro 1993

 

Best Ranking Performance Runner-up, Players Championship Grand Final 2014

 

Money list earnings 2012/13 + 2013/14: £77,704

 

Highest Tournament Break 143 - B&H Championship 2000

 

The 2013/14 season included major landmarks for Greene as he reached the final of events carrying ranking points for the first time.

 

At the Paul Hunter Classic European Tour event in Germany he won six matches to set up a final meeting against Ronnie O'Sullivan. Though he lost 4-0, Greene's results helped him qualify for the Players Championship Grand Finals in Preston in March 2014.

 

There he knocked out Ricky Walden, Anthony Hamilton, Mark Allen and Marco Fu to reach the final of a ranking event for the first time in his 21-year professional career. Greene had to settle for the £38,000 runner-up prize after losing the final 4-0 to close friend Barry Hawkins, but he was still delighted with his achievement, especially having escaped a downward spiral in his career.

 

"There have been some tough times over the last few years," said the Rainham-based cueman. "I always felt I was good enough to do well but I seem to bring the best out of other players. Consistency and confidence have been lacking. This has been a great week."

 

 
In 2011 at the PTT-EGAT World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand, playing alongside Mark Allen, Greene helped Northern Ireland reach the final, scoring 4-3 wins over Scotland in the quarter-finals and Hong Kong in the semis. Eventually, they were forced to settle for the runner-up prize after losing 4-2 to China.

 

At the 2007 Grand Prix in Aberdeen, Greene beat the likes of Ricky Walden and Joe Perry to earn his first ranking semi-final. "I'm chuffed," he said. "I've never doubted that I'm good enough to win a tournament and I'll carry on until I do so, even if I have to play until I'm 90."

 

It could have been even better for Greene but his battle with Marco Fu ended in an agonising 6-5 defeat when he missed the brown in the deciding frame when he needed just four more pots to set up a final with Ronnie O'Sullivan.

 

Greene lives in Kent but his family come from Belfast. He helped Northern Ireland to victories over the Republic of Ireland and England and a place in the semi-finals of the Nations Cup in 2001.