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Tony Meo
British snooker player

Tony Meo

Tony Meo
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Quick Facts

Intro British snooker player
Is Cue sports player Snooker player
From England United Kingdom
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 4 October 1959, Tooting, United Kingdom
Age 62 years
Star sign Libra
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Tony Meo (born 4 October 1959) is a retired English snooker player.

Career

Meo was a schoolfriend of Jimmy White in Tooting, South London, and the pair regularly skipped school to play snooker together. At 17 Meo became the then youngest person known to have made a maximum break of 147. He turned professional in 1979. In 1980 he made his World Championship debut and was only defeated 10-9 by Alex Higgins.

In 1984, Meo reached the final of the Classic, facing his World Doubles partner and world number one Steve Davis. The match went to the deciding frame, and Meo only needed to clear the colours to win the title, but missed after being distracted by a shout of encouragement from a spectator. Davis went on to win the frame and match, and used his winning speech to call for an audience ban on alcohol.

With Davis, Meo won four World Doubles titles, and was also part of the victorious England team at the 1983 World Team Classic. His only ranking title came at the 1989 British Open, beating Dean Reynolds 13–6 after beginning the tournament as a 200–1 outsider. In the same year, he reached the semi-final of the World Championship, losing 16–7 to John Parrott.

In 1986, Meo was one of five players under Barry Hearn's management (along with Davis, Terry Griffiths, Willie Thorne and Dennis Taylor) who appeared on "Snooker Loopy", a hit single about the game recorded by Chas & Dave.

Slipping rapidly down the rankings, Meo retired from professional snooker in 1997 and now runs a watch and jewellery shop in Hatton Garden.

Performance and rankings timeline

Tournament 1978/79 1979/80 1980/81 1981/82 1982/83 1983/84 1984/85 1985/86 1986/87 1987/88 1988/89 1989/90 1990/91 1991/92 1992/93 1993/94 1994/95 1995/96 1996/97
Ranking 18 24 15 10 10 11 20 31 14 15 34 38 51 69 75 75
Ranking tournaments
Asian Classic Tournament Not Held NR A 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Grand Prix Tournament Not Held 3R SF 1R 3R QF 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ
UK Championship Non-Ranking Event 2R 3R 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ
German Open Tournament Not Held LQ WD
Welsh Open Tournament Not Held 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
International Open Not Held NR LQ 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R QF 1R Not Held 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ
European Open Tournament Not Held 1R 1R 2R LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ WD
Thailand Open Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event Not Held 2R 1R 2R 1R LQ LQ LQ WD
British Open NH Non-Ranking Event QF QF 1R 1R W 2R 3R LQ 1R 1R LQ LQ WD
World Championship A 1R 2R 1R QF 1R 2R 1R 1R LQ SF 2R 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Scottish Masters Not Held A A QF A A A A NH A A A A A A A A
The Masters A A A SF 1R 1R QF 1R SF A A 1R QF WD LQ LQ A A A
Irish Masters A A A QF QF QF 1R QF QF A A A A A A A A A A
Pontins Professional A A A A A A A A QF SF A A A A A A A A A
European League Tournament Not Held A Not Held RR RR RR RR RR RR A A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Canadian Masters Non-Ranking Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking LQ Tournament Not Held
Hong Kong Open NH Ranking Event NH 2R Tournament Not Held Ranking NH
Classic NH Non-Ranking Event F 1R 3R 3R 2R 2R 2R 1R LQ Tournament Not Held
Strachan Open Tournament Not Held 3R MR NR Not Held
Former non-ranking tournaments
Canadian Masters F 2R QF Tournament Not Held A A A R Tournament Not Held
International Open Not Held 1R Ranking Event Not Held Ranking Event
Pontins Brean Sands Tournament Not Held W Tournament Not Held
UK Championship A 2R QF SF SF QF Ranking Event
British Open NH SF LQ RR RR LQ Ranking Event
Tolly Cobbold Classic A A A QF A QF Tournament Not Held
New Zealand Masters Tournament Not Held 1R Not Held A A Tournament Not Held
Thailand Open Tournament Not Held W RR RR A Not Held Ranking Event
Singapore Masters Tournament Not Held RR RR Tournament Not Held
Pot Black A A A A A 1R A 1R Tournament Not Held A A A Not Held
Australian Masters NH A A W SF QF SF W QF A NH R Tournament Not Held A A NH
Tokyo Masters Tournament Not Held QF Tournament Not Held
Hong Kong Masters Tournament Not Held SF SF SF QF A QF NH A A Tournament Not Held
Asian Classic Tournament Not Held SF Ranking Event
Matchroom Professional Championship Tournament Not Held 1R 1R QF Tournament Not Held
Norwich Union Grand Prix Tournament Not Held RR A A Tournament Not Held
English Professional Championship Not Held F Not Held SF W W QF 1R Tournament Not Held
World Matchplay Tournament Not Held A 1R A A A Tournament Not Held
International League Tournament Not Held W Tournament Not Held
London Masters Tournament Not Held A SF A Tournament Not Held
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held 1R Tournament Not Held
World Masters Tournament Not Held 3R Tournament Not Held
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.

Career finals

Ranking finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1984 The Classic Steve Davis 8–9
Winner 1. 1989 British Open Dean Reynolds 13–6

Non-ranking finals: 10 (7 titles, 3 runners-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1978 Canadian Open Cliff Thorburn 15–17
Runner-up 2. 1981 English Professional Championship Steve Davis 3–9
Winner 1. 1981 Australian Masters John Spencer Aggregate Score
Winner 2. 1983 Pontins Brean Sands Silvino Francisco 9–7
Winner 3. 1983 Thailand Masters Steve Davis 2–1
Runner-up 3. 1984 Malaysian Masters Terry Griffiths Round-Robin
Winner 4. 1985 Australian Masters John Campbell 7–2
Winner 5. 1986 English Professional Championship Neal Foulds 9–7
Winner 6. 1987 English Professional Championship Les Dodd 9–5
Winner 7. 1990 Matchroom International League Jimmy White Round-Robin

Team finals: 6 (5 titles, 1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Team/partner Opponent(s) in the final Score
Winner 1. 1982 World Doubles Championship Steve Davis Terry Griffiths & Doug Mountjoy 13–2
Winner 2. 1983 World Team Classic  England  Wales 4–2
Winner 3. 1983 World Doubles Championship Steve Davis Tony Knowles & Jimmy White 10–2
Runner-up 1. 1985 World Cup  England A All-Ireland 7–9
Winner 4. 1985 World Doubles Championship Steve Davis Tony Jones & Ray Reardon 12–5
Winner 5. 1986 World Doubles Championship Steve Davis Mike Hallett & Stephen Hendry 12–3

Pro-am finals: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1978 Pontins Spring Open Steve Davis 6–7

Amateur finals: 1 (1 title)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1978 British Under-19 Championship
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http://eurosport.yahoo.com/06052010/58/tony-meo.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20120723191701/http://eurosport.yahoo.com/06052010/58/tony-meo.html
https://www.webcitation.org/5pXh2Uqhp
https://web.archive.org/web/20080109191910/http://www.globalsnookercentre.co.uk/files/Players/Global_Europe/Global_England/eng_tony_meo.htm
http://www.globalsnookercentre.co.uk/files/Players/Global_Europe/Global_England/eng_tony_meo.htm
http://www.snooker.org/rnk/history.asp
http://cuetracker.net/Players/Tony-Meo/Career-Total-Statistics
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