Hendry is one of the most successful players in the history of the sport, with his World Snooker Association official profile stating that he is "generally considered the greatest snooker player ever".
No ranking titles came his way the following season, although he did win the New Zealand Masters and also his first Masters at Wembley.
In 1994/95, after being awarded an MBE, he won three ranking events, including another World crown and the UK Championship, both of which were retained the following year. His run of successes continued in 1995/96 with three titles, including the World Championship, where an 18-12 victory in the final against Peter Ebdon saw him equal the achievement of Ray Reardon and Steve Davis by notching up a sixth World crown. In 1997 he won BBC Scotland Sports Personality of the Year award for a second time and added another three ranking titles to his collection, although Ken Doherty denied him a sixth consecutive World championship by defeating the Scot 18-12 in the final.
Hendry's dominant position in snooker appeared to be on the wane, as the only ranking event he won in the 1997/98 season was the Thailand Masters. He also lost his World no. 1 place for the first time since 1990 and was eliminated in the first round of the World Championship, losing heavily to White (4-10). 1998/99 began with an embarrassing 0-9 first-round loss in the UK Championship to unseeded Marcus Campbell. However, a resurgent Hendry won the last two events in the campaign - the Scottish Open and a record seventh World title. After beating Ronnie O'Sullivan 17-14 in their semi-final, he emerged as a convincing 18-11 winner over future double World Champion Mark J. Williams. This is Hendry's last World Championship title. Since then he has won only five titles but has never dropped out of the Top 16 in the rankings.
Hendry currently holds the record for the longest unbroken streak as a top-16 player (21 seasons). This feat is all the more noteworthy since the lowest he has been ranked in the top 16 is eighth. His other career records include: consecutive wins of a single tournament, longest consecutive winning streak (in ranking events), most centuries compiled in one match (7), most centuries compiled in one tournament (16), most centuries in one season (53), most years ranked world no.1, most career centuries and highest total prize money. Until 2007 he held the record for most 147s compiled in competitive play (8), as well as most televised maximums (7), until O'Sullivan took sole ownership of both records during the 2008 world championships.
When returning to Scotland from the Thailand Open in September 2003, Hendry had his cue broken. The cue, which he had owned since he was aged 14 and had cost him £40, had been used when winning his 7 world titles. Since the 11 September 2001 attacks, snooker players have been required to put their cues in the holds of aeroplanes, where they are susceptible to damage.
Stephen Hendry was also rated as the greatest player of all time in a book by Luke Williams and Paul Gadsby titled "Master of the Baize". He finished above Joe Davis, Steve Davis, Alex Higgins and Ronnie O'Sullivan who were the others in the author's top five.
|World Championship winner||1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999|
|World Championship runner-up||1997, 2002|
|World Championship semi-final||1989, 2004, 2008|
|Rothmans Grand Prix winner||1987, 1990, 1991|
|Skoda Grand Prix winner||1995|
|British Open winner||1988, 1991, 1999, 2003|
|British Open runner-up||1997, 1998|
|Asian Open winner||1989, 1990, 1998|
|Asian Open runner-up||2000, 2001|
|Dubai Duty Free Classic winner||1989, 1990, 1993|
|Dubai Duty Free Classic runner-up||1992|
|UK Championship winner||1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996|
|UK Championship runner-up||1988, 1993, 1997, 2003, 2006|
|Regal Welsh Open winner||1992, 1997, 2003|
|Regal Welsh Open runner-up||1999, 2005|
|International Open winner||1993, 1997, 1999|
|International Open runner-up||1989|
|Regal Scottish Open||1999|
|European Open winner||1994, 1995, 2001|
|European Open runner-up||1990, 1993, 2003|
|Thailand Masters winner||1989, 1990, 1998|
|Thailand Masters runner-up||2000, 2001|
|Malta Cup winner||2005|
|Masters winner||1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996|
|Masters runner-up||1994, 1998, 2003|
|Betfred Premier League||1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2004|
|Scottish Masters winner||1989, 1990, 1995|
|Scottish Masters runner-up||1994, 2000|
|Irish Masters winner||1992, 1997, 1999|
|Irish Masters runner-up||1989, 1995, 2000, 2001|
|Malta Grand Prix winner||1998, 2001|
|Scottish Professional Championship||1986, 1987, 1988|
|New Zealand Masters||1988|
|Hong Kong Challenge||1991|
|Red Bull Super League||1998|
|World Doubles||1987 (with Mike Hallett)|
|World Masters Doubles||1991 (with Mike Hallett)|
|Scottish Amateur||1984, 1985|
|Order of the British Empire (MBE)||1994|
|BBC Scotland Sports Personality of the Year||1987, 1996|
|WPBSA Player of the Year||1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996|
|WPBSA Young Player of the Year||1988|
|WPBSA Performance of the Year||1995|
Jimmy Needed So Much to Beat His Demons. to Do This He Just HAD to Beat Stephen Hendry; WIFE TELLS OF ACE'S 3-YR HELL
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