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19 Jun 2009
Aditya Mehta is ranked India No. 3 in Snooker



Aditya Mehta, currently India No. 3 in Snooker, will be representing the country at a number of forthcoming international tournaments this year including the Six Ball Professional Tournament that begins in Bangkok in the last week of June, the Indoor Asian Championships at Vietnam and the World Snooker Championship at Hyderabad both in November 2009. Aditya is the son of Sheela and Snehal Jagdishchandra Mehta.

Earlier, he became only the fourth Indian player to take part in the prestigious World Professional Snooker League, open only to the 72 top ranking professionals and 24 top ranking amateurs in the world, when he was one of the invitees in 2008. In the eight tournaments, he reached the 3rd round in three (Royal London Watches GP, China Open and Welsh Open) beating David Roe (World No 15) and other experienced players on the way.


The Indian team that won the bronze at Doha -- Aditya seen on right


Aditya’s first victory came in 2001 at the age of 15 when he won the Provogue Open Snooker tournament in Mumbai, and he stormed onto the world stage at the World U-21 Snooker Championship 2004, Ireland when he beat Mark Allen (World No.17) before losing to ultimate winner Gary Wilson.

Since then there has been no looking back.  Aditya was part of the Bronze medal winning team in Snooker at the Asian Games, Doha, 2006 and Runner Up at the Asian Snooker Championship, Dubai, 2008.


Aditya with the medal won at Dubai


He has also been
• Runner-Up - National Selection Tournament- Asian Snooker Championship, 2009
• Winner - National Selection - Asian Snooker Championship, 2008
• Runner-Up - National Snooker Championship, 2007
• Winner - U-21 National Snooker Championship, 2006

Aditya began 2009 with a victory at the Nahar Group-MIG Club All-India Invitation Snooker Championship 2009, was Runner-Up at the HSBC Premier Shyam Shroff Memorial All India Invitational Snooker Tournament and Winner of the PSPB Inter-Unit Snooker Championship 2009, before representing India at the Asian Snooker Championship held in China in May 2009 where he was knocked out in the quarter finals.

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