Luca Brecel, born 8 March 1995 in Dilsen-Stokkem, Belgium, is currently the only professional Belgian snooker player on the main tour.
He announced himself by winning the European Under-19 title at the age of 14. In 2009 and 2010, he won several matches against seasoned professionals in the PTC series. His achievements won him a wildcard for the 2011/2012 professional season.
He made an immediate impact by becoming the youngest player to play at the Crucible after qualifying for the 2012 World Championship aged 17, two months younger that Stephen Hendry. He finished the season out of the top 64 but immediately was awarded a 2 years wildcard for the seasons 2012/13 and 2013/14.
Surprisingly, after that, Luca suffered a dip of form and his results became a bit inconsistent. Still he did enough to finish the 2013/14 season inside the top 64 and retain his professional status.
The 2014/15 season was a good one for Luca who went to reach his first professional semi final at the Welsh Open 2015. He also made the highest break of the tournament, a 140, which is also his professional best. He finished the season ranked n°44.
Luca’s progression continued in 2015/16, seeing him climb to n°30 in the rankings. His first ranking event final came at the 2016 German Masters which he lost to Martin Gould. That made him the first ever Belgian player to reach a ranking final.