John Higgins profile
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Name: John Higgins
Date of birth: 18/05/75 (38)
World ranking: 9
Crucible best: Winner 1998, 2007, 2009, 2011
Scotland's John Higgins is one of the most successful players in the modern history of the sport.
He has lifted four World Championships titles, three UK Championship titles plus two Masters titles and has made over 500 competitive century breaks.
The 38-year-old is the most experienced player in the current top 10 and the fact he has risen back up the rankings this season demonstrates that his appetite for the game has certainly not diminished.
However, after reaching the final of the Wuxi Classic at the start of the season his form deserted him and since then he has had two changes of cue.
It seems to have worked as he reached the last eight in successive events - the Welsh Open, World Open and Players Tour Championship - and once more he showed glimpses of the form that had taken him to world No 1.
It could be that Higgins is hitting form at the right time. He relishes playing the longer matches at the Crucible and he knows how to win there so will fancy his chances of a good run.