Tony Drago

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Tony Drago
Tony Drago
birthday 22nd September 1965 (age 54)
place of birth Valletta
nationality MaltaMalta Malta
Nickname (s) The tornado
professional 1985-2008, 2009-2016
Prize money £ 1,127,868
Highest break 147 ( Benson and Hedges Championship 2002 )
Century Breaks 132
Main tour successes
World championships -
Ranking tournament victories -
Minor tournament victories 1
World rankings
Highest WRL place 10 ( 98/99 )

Tony Drago (born September 22, 1965 in Valletta ) is a Maltese snooker and pool player . From 1985 to 2016 he played a total of 30 years on the professional tour .

Snooker career

Drago made his professional debut in 1985. As early as 1989 he made a name for himself when he reached the semi-finals of the UK Championship . In 1996 he won the Guangzhou Masters invitation tournament, and in 1993 the 3rd round of the Strachan Challenge . He reached the final of two other tournaments: in 1991 he lost 6:10 to Jimmy White at the World Masters, in 1997 he lost to Stephen Hendry at the International Open in his only final in a ranking tournament with 1: 9.

He had his best placement in the 1998/99 season with 10th place. In the same year he reached the quarterfinals of the World Snooker Championship . In 2003 he made it to the round of 16 of the British Open , in 2004 he was again a semi-finalist at the European Open .

In 2002 he played his only maximum break at the Benson & Hedges Championship .

After the 2007/08 season he could no longer qualify for the Snooker Main Tour , as he increasingly concentrated on pool.

On June 4, 2009, Drago managed to return to the Main Tour for the 2009/10 season with a contested 5-4 win in the final of the European Main Tour against Roy Stolk . He commented on his return with the words "I missed it so much."

In qualifying for the UK Championship, he played his 100th Century Break in 2009 - as only 31st player. He did not qualify for the first main round of the best 32. He succeeded at the Welsh Open 2010 , where he lost his opening game against Ryan Day just 4: 5. For the 2010/11 season he was ranked 54th.

After playing the Main Tour for the last time in 2016, he announced the final end of his professional career in 2018.

Pool career

In addition to his snooker career, he also played pool very successfully . In 2003 he won the World Pool Masters . In 2006 he reached the final of the Swiss Open , but lost to the British Jonni Fulcher . At the 2007 European Pool Billiards Championship , he was runner-up in 8-ball . He also reached the final of a Euro Tour tournament at the Austria Open 2007 . In 2008 he won the Predator 10-Ball Championship .

When he first participated, he won the Mosconi Cup with Team Europe in 2007 . He won all of his games and was named Most Valuable Player . In 2008 he was back in the European team and defended the Mosconi Cup, which was held for the first time in his home country of Malta. He also won the French Open in 2008 on the Euro Tour and made it into the last 32 at the WPA 9-Ball World Championship in 2010

Game style and snooker records

Drago is known for his exceptionally fast and offensive game, which earned him the nickname "The Tornado". At the pool he is usually called the "Maltese Whippet" (Maltese greyhound) because another player is already called that there.

Drago, who is also a very emotional player, holds several records in snooker because of his fast game. During the UK Championship in 1995 he managed a century break in just 210 seconds and at the International Open in Stoke in 1988 he won a frame against Danny Fowler in just three minutes . He also set the record for fastest win in a best-of-9 match when he defeated Sean Lanigan 5-0 in just 34 minutes in 1993, and in a best-of-17 match when he met Joe O. in 1990 'Boye finished 9-0 in just 81 minutes at the UK Championship.

In a training game against Nick Manning in 1995 he managed a break of 149 points, which earned him an entry in the Guinness Book of Records .


Drago lives in Valletta, the capital of Malta. He likes tennis and is a fan of Juventus Turin .


  1. Profile of Tony Drago on CueTracker (as of September 2, 2018)
  2. Century Breaks ( Memento from February 10, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) (as of August 21, 2011)
  3. 100+ Centuries - Snooker Info (as of September 2, 2018)
  4. Tony Drago jħabbar li rtira ufiċjalment mix-xena professjonali (Maltese), Sandro Micallef, Television Malta, 23 June 2018
  5. Snooker records on ( Memento from January 11, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  6. Snooker Records on

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