Nigel Bond

Nigel Bond

English professional snooker player.
Date of Birth: 15.11.1965
Country: Great Britain

Content:
  1. Biography of Nigel Bond
  2. Early Career
  3. Rise to Prominence
  4. Finalist and British Open Champion
  5. Continued Success
  6. Recent Career
  7. Later Years
  8. Accomplishments

Biography of Nigel Bond

Nigel Bond is an English professional snooker player. He was born on November 15, 1965, in Darley Dale, Derbyshire, England. Bond is currently 46 years old and is one of the oldest players on the main tour.

Early Career

Bond entered the main tour in 1989 after an excellent amateur career. In his first professional season, he reached one quarter-final and one semi-final. In his second season, he made it to the final of the Grand Prix, only to be defeated by Stephen Hendry, 5-10. Bond continued to improve his game and in the 1992/93 season, he reached the semi-finals four times and made his first appearance at the World Championship. He finished the season ranked 9th, and maintained this position in the following season, thanks to several quarter-final appearances, including the World Championship.

Rise to Prominence

Bond quickly became one of the toughest snooker players to beat. He reached the quarter-finals at the Crucible in 1994, showcasing one of the greatest comebacks ever seen at the arena. He was trailing 2-9 to Cliff Thorburn but won eight consecutive frames to secure a 10-9 victory. Bond went on to reach two more semi-finals at the Scottish Masters and Pontins Professional. However, his ranking dropped by two positions over the course of two years.

Finalist and British Open Champion

In the 1994/95 season, Bond reached the quarter-finals of two tournaments before becoming a finalist at the World Championship, where he lost to the almost unbeatable Hendry with a score of 9-18. In the spring of 1996, he claimed his first and only ranking title, the British Open. Bond won a deciding frame against John Higgins in the final, with a snooker required. He also performed well at the Crucible, reaching the quarter-finals and achieving his highest ranking of 5th.

Continued Success

In October 1996, Bond won the invitational tournament, Rothman's Malta Grand Prix, and later reached the semi-finals at the German Open. He also made it to the semi-finals of the prestigious but non-ranking Masters, and finished in second place at the Thailand Open 1997. However, a first-round defeat at the World Championship caused Bond to slip to 8th place in the rankings.

Recent Career

Bond started the following season on a high note, winning £60,000 for the Scottish Masters victory. However, ranking tournament victories became scarce for him, with only one quarter-final appearance. In the 1998/99 season, he failed to advance beyond the last 16 in any ranking tournament, although he reached the semi-finals of the Masters. As a result, Bond dropped out of the top 16 and finished the season in 21st place.

Later Years

In the 2001/02 season, Bond showed some decent results, reaching the semi-finals of the Scottish Open. However, his performance in other competitions hindered his progress, and he slipped to 30th place in the world rankings. Bond experienced a slump in his game until 2006 when he caught everyone's attention again with a crucial match against Stephen Hendry in the last 16 of the World Championship. Despite their intense rivalry, Bond secured a 10-9 victory over the seven-time champion. He was able to regain some form and reached the quarter-finals of the China Open 2008. He also qualified for the last 16 of the 2007 UK Championship and the World Championship of the same year. At the end of the 2007/08 season, Bond ranked 23rd, a commendable achievement for his age.

Accomplishments

In January 2011, Bond won the single-frame tournament Sky Shoot Out, defeating Robert Milkins in the final. He is currently one of the few snooker players to have earned over £1 million in prize money throughout his career. Bond is also part of the club of players with over 100 century breaks.

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