Player Profile

Chris Melling

NameDate of Birth Country
Chris Melling27-01-1979England

Career

Melling currently lives in Keighley, England, although he tours worldwide to pursue his 9-ball pool career. In October 2010 he won his first European 9-Ball event - the Portugal Open. On 12 June 2011 Melling was crowned China Open champion and received $40,000. This was his first major 9-Ball Pool tournament victory.

In January 2013 he reached the final of the Chinese 8-Ball Masters, losing to Gareth Potts. He also lost to Potts in the final of the 2005 World Rules 8-Ball Championship. Also in 2013 he reached the quarter finals of the World 9-Ball Championship, the World Masters, World Cup of Pool and finished 5th in the US Open 9-Ball Championship.

His first match as a professional saw him beat 2003 UK Championship winner Matthew Stevens 5–4 to qualify for the 2014 Wuxi Classic, but he lost 5–1 to Zhao Xintong in the first round. Melling also played in the first round of the International Championship by defeating Luca Brecel 6–5 and was knocked out 6–1 by Zhou Yuelong. His first victory at the venue stage of a ranking event came at the Welsh Open after he edged out Nigel Bond 4–3, before being whitewashed 4–0 by home favourite Michael White in the second round.

The 2015/2016 season proved harder for Melling as he could only win four matches all year.He dropped off the tour at the end of the season and could not win enough matches at Q School to win his place back.

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