The friendly Brazilian Igor Figueiredo first turned professional in 2010 and had only ever played snooker on ten foot long tables in his home country before entering the PIOS tour in 2009.
Never playing on a full size table didn’t seem to be a disadvantage to Figueiredo as he impressively finished 12th on the year-end ranking list. He went on a spectacular run and made the 2009 IBSF World Championship final but was defeated by Alfie Burden 10-8, although he would have been disappointed not to lift the trophy he was uplifted when he was given a wild card onto the main tour for 2010/2011 season and qualified for the final stages of the World Open in Glasgow but lost the televised match 3-0 to Mark Williams.
Igor struggled to keep his form up and with the lack of sponsorship it wasn’t easy to continue playing but he returned to the main tour in 2013 after receiving the nomination from Americas region but once again down to the lack of sponsorship he was forced to sit out the entire season until the 2014 World Championship where he won his first two matches but lost in the penultimate round 10-1 to Martin Gould. Securing sponsorship before the Worlds Figueiredo was able to enter all remaining tournaments for the 2014/2015 season. The losses far weighed out the wins and his season came to a disappointing end but Figueiredo was able to stay on the tour by being issued an International Development Main Tour Card as the Brazilian National Champion. He has proudly represented his country on the world stage and is known for being Brazil’s best ever snooker player.
To Figueiredo it would have felt like history was repeating itself as once again he had to sit out most of the season up to the 2016 World Championship where he lost 10-2 to Matt Selt in the first qualifying round however Figueiredo found his top form and got his best ever ranking finish by getting to the last 16 of the 2017 Welsh Open and did the same in the Gibraltar Open a few weeks later. Figueiredo has a high break of 137 which he made in the 2014 UK Championship and is currently ranked 114 as of August this year. He is a gentleman and is very well liked on the tour.
By Emma Maflin
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