n 1975 a future world champion would come into the world. Mark grew up in Cwm, Ebbw Vale. He was interested in playing snooker but first trained as a boxer and was undefeated in 12 bouts but still wanted to pursue a career in snooker.
When Mark was 16, in 1992, he turned professional. After his first full season, he was ranked 119th in the world rankings. He then reached the top 16 seed in the 1996/1997 season. His first win came in January 1996 at the Welsh Open. He beat John parrot 9-3 in the final. He won his first Masters title in February 1998 by beating Stephen Hendry by 10 frames to 9.
His first World Championship title came in 2000, which he came from 7–13 behind his fellow countryman Matthew Stevens to eventually win 18–16. Also, he won the world title in 2003 and 2018. In 2018 he beat John Higgins. After winning that title he became the second oldest player to win a world championship Final since Ray Reardon, who was 45 in 1978.
In total Mark has won 22 titles. That includes 3 worlds titles in 2000, 2003 and 2018, the UK championships in 1998 and 2003 and also the British open in 1997. Over his career, he has won over six million in prize money over 17 years of playing to date. Mark has achieved things some players only dream of. I think Mark has grown so much as a person. I didn't like him 10 years ago because I felt his personality didn’t come across as friendly but now I think he's trying to help younger players coming through. I like to wish Mark Williams all the best in future.
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