Nigel Bond captured his maiden ranking event title in dramatic fashion at the 1996 British Open by defeating John Higgins 9-8 on the black having needed a snooker in the deciding frame.
Having maintained an unbroken spell on the World Snooker Tour for over 30 years there are few more experienced players in the history of the sport than the Englishman.
A former runner-up at the World Championship at the Crucible in 1995 (l. Stephen Hendry), Bond was an ever-present inside of the top 16 for most of the 1990s, peaking at number five during the 1996/97 season.
He reached five ranking event finals in total, also claiming a number of invitational titles including the first ever Shoot Out in 2011.
In 2019 he enjoyed a remarkable run at the UK Championship in York where at the age of 54 he defeated reigning world champion Judd Trump and Gary Wilson on his way to the quarter-finals (l. Mark Allen). The run saw him become the oldest player to reach the last eight of the tournament since Fred Davis in 1980 and was his first ‘triple crown’ quarter-final since the same event in 2003.
Bond is also known for having produced one of the biggest comebacks ever seen at the World Championship, having recovered from 9-2 down to Cliff Thorburn to win their opening round match 10-9 in 1994.
Prior to turning professional Bond enjoyed a successful amateur career, winning the English Amateur Championship in 1989. In 2012 he also captured the World Seniors Championship for the first time.
Nigel Bond announced his retirement from competitive snooker following the 2022 World Championship after he was relegated from the Tour after defeat to Lukas Kleckers.
WST Ranking Event Titles (1)
Professional Non-Ranking Event Titles (5)
- 2010/11: Shoot Out
- 1997/98: Scottish Masters
- 1996/97: Malta Grand Prix
- 1995/96: Red & White Challenge
- 1992/93: King’s Cup