WPBSA Player Support Programme 2023 | Lilleshall National Sports Centre

Mark Allen

  • Title

    Nine ranking titles
  • Nationality

    Northern Irish
  • Turned Pro

  • Highest Tournament Break

    147 twice
  • Location

  • D.O.B

    22 February 1986
  • Money List Earnings

  • Nickname

    The Pistol

Ranking titles: Nine
Triple Crown wins: Two (2018 Masters, 2022 UK Championship)

Career highlights

2004: Wins World Amateur title
2009: Reaches the semi-finals at the Crucible, knocking out defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, before losing 17-13 to John Higgins
2011: Gets to the final of a ranking event for the first time at the UK Championship, but loses 10-8 to Judd Trump
2012: Wins first ranking title at the World Open in China, beating Stephen Lee 10-1
2013: Retains the World Open thanks to a 10-4 defeat of Matthew Stevens in the final
2014: Reaches four consecutive finals and wins the Paul Hunter Classic
2016: Wins his first-ever ranking title on UK soil at the Players Championship and makes his first professional 147 break at the UK Championship
2018: Claims maiden Triple Crown title at the Masters in London, defeating Kyren Wilson 10-7 in the final. Wins the International Championship in China, beating Neil Robertson 10-5 in the final. Captures his fifth ranking title at the Scottish Open with a 9-7 defeat of Shaun Murphy. Runner-up at the UK Championship.
2020: Runner-up to Stephen Maguire at the Tour Championship. Wins the Champion of Champions for the first time, beating Neil Robertson 10-6 in the final to take the £150,000 top prize having knocked out the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump.
2021: Wins his sixth ranking title at the Northern Ireland Open, coming from 8-6 down to beat John Higgins 9-8 in an epic final, to the delight of his home fans in Belfast. Also makes a 147 in the same tournament.
2022: Reaches the final of the British Open before losing 10-7 to Ryan Day. Wins the Northern Ireland Open for the second consecutive year, beating Zhou Yuelong 9-4 in the final. Continues his hot streak by winning his second Triple Crown event, beating Ding Junhui 10-7 in the final of the UK Championship.
2023: Keeps his career-best season going by winning the World Grand Prix, beating Judd Trump 10-9 in an epic final having been hauled back from 7-2 to 9-9. It’s his ninth career ranking title and he becomes the tenth player to win three or more in a single season. The result moves him to his highest ever official ranking position of third. Reaches the semi-finals of the World Championship for the first time since 2009, but loses 17-15 to Mark Selby.