Mika Immonen


Mika Immonen
Mika Immonen, 2001 WPA World Nine-ball Champion, July 22, 2001

Mika Immonen (born 17 December 1972) is a Finnish professional pool player, nicknamed "the Ice Man."

He won the WPA World Nine-ball Championship in Cardiff, Wales in 2001. That same year, he was the runner-up to Corey Deuel in the US Open Nine-ball Championship

He has represented Team Europe on thirteen occasions in the Mosconi Cup, most recently in 2010. During the 2008 event Mika was crowned MVP, forever banishing bad memories of a costly miss in the final game of the 2006 event.

In early 2009, Mika was awarded the title of Player of the Year. Subsequently, he also claimed that title for season 2009 and was awarded early 2010.

Mika was born in London, England, and is also an extremely accomplished snooker player, having amassed more than 100 century breaks.[1]

Mika is the current (2009) two-time Men's Division title-holder of the US Open Nine-ball Championship, where the worlds top professional billiard players compete in Chesapeake, Virginia. This year Mika won 14 straight matches, finishing with a close 13-10 victory over Ralf Souquet in the finals. In last years event, Mika claimed the 13-7 victory and pocketed the first-place prize of US$40,000 on October 26, 2008 against runner-up Filipino Ronato Alcano, who settled for $20,000.[2][3][4]

Immonen nearly won his second world title at 2009 World Straight Pool Championship, but was defeated in the finals by Stephan Cohen of France.[5] Also in 2009, Immonen bested Darren Appleton to win the International Challenge of Champions, a tournament where he once reached the finals in 2002 but lost the sudden-death rack to Efren Reyes.

In Late November 2009 Mika finally won his second World Title in Manila at the WPA World Ten-ball Championships. He Dominated the Philippine hope Lee Van Corteza in the finals 11-6.

Contents

Titles

  • 2000 Sudden Death Seven-ball Champion
  • 2001 WPC 9-Ball Champion
  • 2002 LG Flatron Challenge Champion
  • 2003 On Cue; Philippines vs. Europe
  • 2003 Philippine Open Champion
  • 2004 Atlanta Open Champion
  • 2004 UPA Pro Tour Champion
  • 2005 Atlanta Open Champion
  • 2006 Norway Open Champion
  • 2006 Weert Open & invitational 7-ball Champion
  • 2007 Derby City Straight Pool Champion
  • 2007 Korean Pro Tour Champion
  • 2008 US Open 9-Ball Champion
  • 2008 IPT Pro-Am Champion
  • 2008 Mosconi Cup MVP
  • 2008 All Japan Champion
  • 2009 Galveston World Classic 10-ball Champion
  • 2009 US Open 9-Ball Champion
  • 2009 World 10-Ball Champion

Instructional Releases

In late 2008 Mika teamed up with Intrinsic Media to produce MASTERING POOL,[6] a 3-part pocket billiard instructional series. The DVD series is packed with tips, techniques, systems, 3D animated diagrams, and expert commentary by Immonen himself.[7]

Sponsors

External links

References


Preceded by
Chao Fong-pang
WPA Men's World Nine-ball Champion
2001
Succeeded by
Earl Strickland
Preceded by
Shane Van Boening
US Open Nine-ball Champion
2008, 2009
Succeeded by
Darren Appleton
Preceded by
Darren Appleton
WPA World Ten-ball Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Huidji See

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