Kirk Stevens

Kirk Stevens life story, once (actually twice) World Snooker Championship semi-finalist and now an amateur snooker player who comes in and out of drug rehabilitation center, is the classic rock star rise and fall story. Just replace the cue stick with an electric guitar and you've got it all in including the stardom, the long lines of cocaine, the 7 digits salaries and the inevitable decline.

Even in comparison with other 80s British snooker players, Kirk Stevens is regarded as one of the most colorful types in the professional snooker scene at the time known as the golden era of snooker. In 1991, after a wild decade that included bad fashion decisions, unforgettable controversies, and remarkable snooker moments, Kirk Stevens left the British snooker scene and went back to his homeland Canada.

Kirk Stevens Snooker Career

Kirk Stevens snooker career has begun in his early age. At the age of 12, Stevens had reached his first century break (i.e. a break of at least 100 points including potting of at least consecutive 25 balls) and at 21 achieved his first (out of two) semi-final World Snooker Championship. Kirk Stevens was ranked no. 4 during the 1984/85 season and his televised 147 break against Jimmy White was an unbreakable record until recently. Nevertheless, Stevens gained his fame mainly due to his public image as snooker's bad boy (as well as his taste for white suites and white powder).

Controversy

Kirk Stevens decline has begun in 1985 during the Dulux British Open final when his opponent, the South African snooker player Silvino Francisco had accused Stevens of playing snooker under the influence of stimulating narcotics. The accusation cost Francisco 6,000 fine, which few weeks later, when Kirk Stevens came out with his substance abuse issue, was drawn back.

Kirk Stevens snooker career didn't quite manage to overcome this controversy. He continued playing snooker professionally until 1991, when he left England and went back to Canada where he's been playing snooker in amateur leagues and occasionally appearing in "where are they now" articles. Silvino Francisco, on the other hand, had spent 3 years inside for smuggling drugs.



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