Mark Selby was born on the 19th June 1983. His home town is English Leicester. Mark had been successful since he was 15-year-old. He started professional career in 1999. When he was 18-year-old he got to the semi-finals of the 2002 China Open. One year later he got to the final of the Regal Scottish. In 2004 he got to quarter-finals of the Grand Prix and in 2005 at the Irish Masters and the World Championship at the Crucible was part of the 32 best players. He was among the 16 best players due to his great performance at the 2006 Welsh Open, the 2006 888.com World Championship, the 2006 Grand Prix and the 2006 Northern Ireland Trophy.
Mark finished a summer attendance at the 2006 World 8-Ball Pool Championship very successfully. He won against Darren Appleton 11-7 in the final and he became the World Champion in 8-Ball Pool.
He was among 16 the best players at the 2007 Welsh Open again. Another success in season 2006/07 was attendance at the 2007 888.com World Championship where he managed to break through from qualification to the final of this prestigious tournament. Mark beat Stephen Lee, Peter Ebdon and Allister Carter, but in particular his good friend Shaun Murphy for the first time with who he fought in the semi-finals.
Even though Mark lost with John Higgins 18-13 in the final, he was the best player of the World Championship without question.
Mark Selby played the whole tournament not only for himself but also for his father, who has been his model and big support. Winning the World title is huge motivation for him and a dream.
Mark's excellent achievements at the 2007 World Championships also won him the inaugural 888.com Silver Chip award for outstanding performance.
Mark has started this season very well. He got to the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters and the UK Championship.
- Mark won his first title at the 2008 Saga Insurance Masters, when he beat Stephen Lee 10-3 in the final.
- Mark won his second title (the first rankings title) at the Welsh Open when he beat Ronnie O´Sullivan 9-8 in the final. It is his first win on ranking tournament. Mark got to the semi-finals after great performance at the 2008 China Open. Mark had finished season 2007/08 as a World No.4.
This season has brought Mark several successes. He got to the final of the Premier League in his debut. He managed his highest break 145 at the Championship League Snooker.
- Mark was in the final of the Masters again, where he defended his title. And he was in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters too.
- Mark turned out in his best form at the 2009 World Championship. He got to the quarter-finals with John Higgins. The chances were very equal; however John Higgins won in the final frame 13-12.
- Mark proved that he has had a big chance to win the title in the next few years.
- Mark reached his first maximum break 147 at the Jiangsu Classic in June. At the UK Championship got the quarter-finals.
- Mark got his second Masters title in January 2010 when he managed a fantastic come- back from 6-9 to 10-9 in the final with Ronnie O´Sullivan.
- Mark got to the semi-finals at World Championship. He won three matches, when he beat Ken Doherty, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O´Sullivan. Mark lost the semi-final with Graeme Dott 17-14. However this Championship was very successful for him.
- Mark has got a great start in this season. He won the Players Tour Championship Two at the EIS in Sheffield. Mark defeated Barry Pinches 7-6 in the final of this event.
- Mark added the second world champion title to his collection. Mark won the 2010 SangSom 6-red World Championship in Bangkok when he defeated Ricky Walden 8-6 in the final.
- Mark keeps a record for a best of 25 match. He made six century breaks in second round against Stephen Hendry at the World Championship. Mark have done inside a year 54 centuries. It is new record for the most centuries in the season (54).
Mark finished in third place in this season. It is his highest position in the world rankings.
Mark won the first televised tournament of the season by beating Ali Carter 9-7 in the final of the Wuxi Classic in China.
- Mark won his second title of the season as he defeated Mark Davis 4-0 in the final of the PTC4 - Paul Hunter Classic.
- Mark became the champion of the Shanghai Masters a new world No.1, after he beat Mark Williams in the final 10-9.
- Mark got into the final of Welsh Open in February and into the semi-final of Haikou World Open at the beginning of March. Then Mark participated in the HK Spring Trophy in Hong Kong. He won this tournament, when he beat Andrew Higginson 6-1 in the final.
- Mark returned to China to the China Open at the end of March, but he had to withdraw from the second round for cervical spine injury.
- Despite the fact that Mark was treated by sports physiotherapist and he had very limited possibility to train he started in the first round of the World Championship, where he lost to Barry Hawkins 10-3. His neck injury had a huge part in his downfall, as he could't play some shots because of the pain. Mark's treatment is still continuing with the aim to be fit by the next season.
- Mark broke his own record in number of centuries in this season, he has 55 centuries on his account. Mark holds a post as the world No.1.
The season 2012/2013 was successful for Mark. Firstly he defended his title of the PHC in Germany and after the New Year he won the PTC in Munich. In December Mark won prestigious UK Championship in York and in January the invitation tournament the Masters for the third time. He reached the final of the China Open and the PTC in Antverp.
Mark ended just the second season as the world number one.
At the sport's annual awards ceremony in London he was awarded as the Players of the Year, the Snooker Writers Player and the Fans Player of the Year.
This season Mark played in the final of small tournaments - the Asian Tour in China, and European Tour in Rotterdam and in Antwerp, where he beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 4-3.
What is more, Mark reached the final of the UK Championship. He compiled snooker's 100th officially recognised maximum break in the semi-final against Ricky Walden.
He got into the final of the Masters, the China World Open and the World Championship, where he beat Ronnie O‘Sullivan 18-14. He became the World champion for the first time and he became the ninth player to win the Triple Crown of World, UK and Masters titles in snooker history.
Mark finished the season as the world number one.
Mark won the ET1 in Riga. He withdrew from the 6reds due to illness. He is the winner of the German Masters and the China Open. He was eliminated in the second round of the World Championship after his loss with Anthony McGill 13-9.
Mark had to withdraw from the Shanghai Masters. He reached the semi-finals at the International Championship in Daqing and at the UK Championship in York. He won the Group five of the Championship League. He is the winner of the European Tour 6 - Gdynia Open in Poland. Mark has pulled out of the Players Championship Grand Prix in Manchester and the China Open. He became the World champion for the second time and he finished the season on top of the world rankings.
At the sport's annual awards ceremony in London he was named Snooker Journalists Player of the Year after winning the World Championship. Mark’s Crucible triumph also earned him the Performance of the Year award.
It's one of the best year and snooker seasons of Mark. He won the Paul Hunter Classic for the third time in August. He reached into the final of the Shanghai Masters. He got into the semifinals of the European Masters. He won the International Championship and his second UK Championship title afterwards.
Mark is also the sixth player to win all three Triple Crown events on multiple occasions, after O’Sullivan, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Steve Davis and Mark Williams. He moves level with Jimmy White on ten career ranking titles. He remove any lingering doubts about his right to be world No1.