Name: Michael Leslie
DOB: 28th January 1993
Turned Pro: 2012
Highest Ranking: 96th
Highest Break: N/A
Career Highlights: 2012 EBSA European U-21 Champion, 2011 EBSA European U-21 finalist
One of Scotland’s most talented young players, as demonstrated during his break of 147 against friend and fellow player Eden Sharav, Michael Leslie first came close to earning a place on the main tour during 2011 when he reached the final of the EBSA European Under-21 Championship, losing to Poland’s Kacper Filipiak.
A year later however Michael was able to make amends, defeating 14-year-old prodigy Shane Castle 6-2 to capture the biggest title of his career to date and earn a two-year tour card beginning in 2012/13.
Michael was to endure a baptism of fire on the main tour in 2012/13, as he lost his first 16 matches of the season leading up until Christmas. He was however able to break his duck in the final event of 2012, with a 5-3 victory against Michael Wasley in the 2013 Haikou World Open qualifiers, before losing out to Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the second round.
He would finish the season with defeats to Thai duo Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and finally Dechawat Poomjaeng at the World Championship qualifiers.