Neil Robertson has kept his incredible run of winning a title every calendar year since 2006 going in fine style, beating Barry Hawkins 10-4 to win the Masters on Sunday night.
The Thunder from Down Under won his first professional title at the 2006 World Grand Prix in Aberdeen, beating Jamie Cope in the final at just 23 years old.
His incredible consistency has seen him win at least one title every single calendar year since then, and he has extended that run into 2022 at the first opportunity by winning the Masters for a second time.
The Australian admits that it is usually something he keeps track of, but it had slipped his mind before this event and he didn’t realise until reminded after lifting the trophy.
‘2022! I can tick that one off! 2006-2022, that sounds good doesn’t it?’ Robertson told WST.
‘I didn’t actually think of that, I usually always do. First tournament of every calendar year I get to the final, I think, “check this one off and then you’re done for the year, you don’t have to worry about it until the next calendar year.” So yeah, that’s nice.’
Asked whether he could have imagined 17 straight calendar years of success, including a World Championship, two Masters and three UK Championships when he won that first title in Scotland, Robertson obviously said he didn’t see it coming.
‘No, because when I won my first one, I thought, “Wow, I’ve won one, I can go back to Australia happy now.”‘ Robertson said. ‘Who would have thought I’d still be here 16 years later?’
Robertson hailed the former World Snooker Tour chairman Barry Hearn for his impact on the game, bringing in far more tournaments over the last 20 years, which has helped the Aussie keep up his immense record.
‘I think a lot of things have happened since Barry Hearn took things over and gave us more opportunities to play,’ said the 39-year-old. ‘He has been a massive part of allowing myself and all of the great players in the game to win as much as we have.’
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