Name: Chris Melling
DOB: 27th January 1979
Turned Pro: 2014
Highest Ranking: 87 (2014)
Highest Break: 137 (2014 Ruhr Open)
Career Highlights: 2014 Wuxi Classic last 64, 2014 International Championship last 64, 2015 Welsh Open last 64, 2004 Players Championship last 64, 2007 Malta Cup last 64, 2014 Wuxi Classic last 64
Having first turned professional back in 2000, former lorry driver Chris Melling has spent four seasons on the main tour prior to the 2014/15 season, two last 64 runs representing his best finishes at ranking events.
Having entered PIOS events on a number of occasions, in 2014 Chris decided to enter the Q School event in a bid to regain a place on the circuit for the first time since the 2006/7 season.
Impressively, despite the fact that he had not entered a European Tour event earlier in the season, he was able to defeat Hassan Vaizie, Ben Fortey, Daniel Wells, Chen Zhe and Duane Jones to qualify from event 1 and earn a two-year tour card from the start of the 2014/15 season.
As well as his snooker career, Chris has also enjoyed an extremely successful career in pool, having twice been a world champion and being ranked as world number one at 8-ball pool. Click here to view more of Chris’ achievements in pool.
Having qualified for the professional circuit, Chris was to find the tour tough going as he reached the last 64 of three full-ranking events, but was unable to progress further.
His results were enough to see him finish the season ranked 96th.