D.O.B. 10 Aug 1973
Lives Launceston, Cornwall
Turned Pro 1991
Best Ranking Performance Semi-finals - five times
World Snooker Tour prize money 2010/11 + 2011/12 seasons (ranking events / PTCs only) £21,982
Highest Tournament Break 147 - WPBSA Tour Event (1994)
Hicks enjoyed his best run of the 2011/12 season at the Welsh Open. He beat Andrew Norman, Anthony Hamilton and Joe Perry to qualify for the final stages in Newport.
And Hicks had chances to spring a surprise against home favourite Mark Williams at the venue, but fell to a 4-3 defeat.
Otherwise it was a disappointing season for the former Crucible semi-finalist and he finished it where he started, at No 61 in the world rankings.
The left-hander has appeared in five ranking event semi-finals as well as the last four of the Masters.
He made his debut in the televised stages of the World Championship in 1995 and made an immediate impact with wins over Steve Davis, Willie Thorne and Peter Ebdon before he lost 16-11 to Nigel Bond with a place in the final at stake. He also won the Masters qualifier in 1997.
Hicks subsequently suffered a sharp decline in form and came within one frame of dropping out of the top 64 - he only retained that status by coming from 9-8 down to beat Craig Butler 10-9 in the 2003 world qualifiers.
Originally from Tavistock, Hicks is nicknamed the Cream of Devon, though he now lives across the border in Cornwall, near Launceston.
Hicks married Rachel, whom he met when she started work in his local snooker club, in 2005. Their first child was born the following year and their second in 2009. He is a keen golfer and plays in a regular society group named in his honour.