Matthew Stevens is a well-known Welsh professional snooker player. Matthew Stevens has collected over 300 reviews of the millennium his life as a prolific break builder. Many specialists consider him one of the main athletes never to win the World Championship.
Table of Biography
Early life and Childhood
As of now, Stevens is 43 years old. He was born on 11 September 1977 in Carmarthen, Wales. He is also known as The Welsh Dragon (nickname). His parent’s name is Morrell Stevens (father) and Sandra Stevens (mother). There is no information regarding his siblings. Similarly, his ethnicity also remains unknown.
His father was also his manager. Unfortunately, his father died unexpectedly in 2001, after which Stevens had a few uneventful seasons. Likewise, his nationality is Welsh. Furthermore, his ethnicity is unknown. Matthew is also Fluent in Welsh and he also attended an all-Welsh-speaking school, Bro Myrddin Welsh Comprehensive School.
Talking about Stevens’s professional career, he turned into an expert snooker player in 1994 in his subsequent season. He won the Benson and Hedges Championship to fit the bill for the Masters, where he beat Terry Griffiths 5–3 however lost 5–6 to Alan McManus. Similarly, it showed potential in the accompanying season by beating Stephen Hendry 5–1 in the Grand Prix. In the 1997/1998 season, he arrived at the semi-finals of both the Grand Prix and the UK Championship, accomplishing the most noteworthy break of the competition at the last mentioned.
Ebdon made a remarkable clearance to win the frame and got on to take the next two frames to win the match. Stevens delighted in a strong 2009/2010 season. However, he qualified for the Welsh Open by beating Barry Pinches. He caused an upset in the first round by beating Shaun Murphy.
He at that point confronted Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen in the second round, however, despite making two-century breaks, he lost the match. Lost a nearby coordinate 9–10 to Marcus Campbell in the 2010 World Championship qualifiers. However, he did not make it to the fundamental draw at The Crucible for the second year in progression.
He defeated James, Michael White, and Joe Perry at the United Kingdom Championship, but his run finished with Ronnie O’Sullivan losing. Daniel Wells knocked out in the second round of the China Open and did not qualify in a row for the second year of the World Championship after falling to Lee Walker in the first round of qualifying. Furthermore, during the 2012 FFB Snooker Open, Stevens achieved a maximum of 147.
Moreover, Matthew reached a career-high ranking of No. 4 for the 2005-2006 season. He also won two of the most prestigious events, the Benson and Hedges Masters in 2000 and the UK Championship in 2003. Stevens has also won four events in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2012. He has also been the runnerup in two World Snooker Championship, in the years 2000 and 2005.
Furthermore, Stevens beat Lu Ning 5-1, Liang Wenbo and Peter Lines both 5-3 at the 2013 Wuxi Classic. At the same event, Stevens also beat David Morris 5-2 to advance to the semi-finals.
Prior to all this fame, recognition, and world records, he reached his first ranking final at the 1998 UK Championship, losing 10-6 to John Higgins. Similarly, Stevens reached the last 16 of the Welsh Open by recording his first victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan in 12 years. He also reached the quarter-finals on his debut at the Crucible of the World Championship, beating Alain Robidoux and Mark King before losing to Ken Doherty.
Additionally, Stevens was a close friend of Paul Hunter and he was a pallbearer at his funeral. In 2000, Matthew won the Masters, with a 10-8 win over Ken Doherty in the final. As a prolific break-builder, Stevens has compiled 269-century breaks during his career. At the 2014 Australian Goldfields Open, Stevens reached his first quarter-final in a year by knocking out Luca Brecel 5-3 and Fergal O’Brien 5-3. But lost 5-2 to Xiao Guodong.
Before all this, Stevens had been playing poker for only 18 months before his victory. He is also a celebrity Texas hold ’em, poker player. In 2001 his father Morrell, who was also his manager, died unexpectedly. After which he had a few uneventful seasons. From 1 December 2015, his ranking is 40.
In 2004, he won the UK’s richest poker tournament at the age of 27, beating 16 times World Darts champion Phil Taylor. Additionally, he became the second player in the history of the World Championship to lose to Mark Williams in the final from holding a 4 frame overnight lead.
Achievements and Net worth
Stevens has won some awards. He won two of the most famous activities in the game namely, The 2000 Benson and Hedges Masters and the 2003 UK Championship. He was also the runner-up in the World Snooker Championship, in 2000 and 2005.
Whereas, he has achieved the 2005/2006 season’s elevated professional ranking of No. 4. Regarding his salary, it is still under review. His estimated net worth is around $1 million to $5 million. Stevens’s income source is through his profession playing snooker.
Talking about his personal life, Stevens got declared bankrupt and got divorced around the same time. In 2015, he got separated from his then-wife, Claire Holloway. The couple was married since 2009. They both have two sons, Freddie and Ollie, who were born in 2004 and 2008.
After his divorce, he is single. Therefore, he has not been through any controversial acts in his personal as well as professional life. He has maintained a clean profile.
Body Measurements and Social Media
Stevens is a very good-looking person. He has an amazing personality with a stunning body. His height is around 5 feet 8 inch and his weight is still unknown. Likewise, he has light brown hair and brown eyes.
Stevens is not active on Facebook or Instagram. However, he has a Twitter account with around 16.6k followers.