Patrick Delsemme

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Patrick Delsemme
Born(1974-09-13)13 September 1974
Rocourt, Belgium
Died8 December 2022(2022-12-08) (aged 48)
Occupationsnooker player

Patrick Delsemme (13 September 1974 – 8 December 2022) was a Belgian snooker player from Liège.[1] He has been named one of the greatest Belgian snooker talents ever.[2]

Biography[change | change source]

When he was 17 years old he finished second at the under-21 world championships in Bangalore, losing the final from Ronnie O'Sullivan. A year later he finished again second in Brunei, losing this time from Robin Hull. Delsemme became Belgian junior champion in 1991 and 1992 and became senior champion in 1995 andd 1997. He was for seven years a professional player.[2] In 2001 he had his best season where he was ranked 107th worldwide, he was suspended for two years after testing positive for the use of cannabis twice.[2][3] He also lost his ranking points and also had to pay back the prize money he won at those tournaments (£11,000).[4]

In 2022 Delsemme had taken part by invitation in a major snooker tournament in Casablanca, Morocco, where he died on 8 December 2022, at the age of 48.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Patrick Delsemme". (in Dutch). 8 December 2022. Retrieved 8 December 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Snookerwereld in diepe rouw: ex-Belgisch kampioen Patrick Delsemme (48) plots overleden". Het Belang van Limburg (in Dutch). 29 October 2022. Retrieved 29 October 2022.
  3. "Snooker: zware schorsing voor Patrick Delsemme". Het Belang van Limburg (in Dutch). 17 December 2001. Retrieved 8 December 2022.
  4. "Pot black?". The Guardian. 29 January 2002. Retrieved 8 December 2022.