Pankaj Advani was born on 24 July 1985 in Pune, India. Advani spent his initial years in Kuwait before moving to Bangalore, India. He did his primary education at the FrankAnthonyPublic School, Bangalore and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from MahaveerJainCollege, Bangalore. Pankajs acumen for snooker was spotted by Arvind Savur at the age of ten, former national Snooker champion, after being introduced to the sport by his elder brother Dr. Shree Advani, a noted Sport & Performance Psychologist.Then he received training in snooker from Arvind Savur.
He won his first ever title at the age of 12 and went on to win many titles and set several records at the state and national levels. He won The Junior Billiards Championship title in 2000 and then went on to win it again in 2001 and 2003,Making a hat-trick. In 2003 he won the India Junior Snooker Championship which made him the youngest National Snooker champion. He is the only player ever to win professional world titles in both the long and short formats of snooker,15-red standard, and 6-red and both formats of English billiards time and point. Advani is also India’s first world champion in 6-red snooker.
Advani made his international competitive debut at the Asian Billiards Championship 2002, held at Bangalore, in which he finished as a finalist. After an amateur World Snooker Champion title win in 2003, he won the IBSF World Billiards Championship in 2005 at Qawra, Malta, where he became the first to achieve a “grand double” by winning both the time and point formats,a feat he repeated at the 2008 event in Bangalore. He is the only Indian to have won the amateur world title in both snooker and billiards. He is also the youngest person to have won all these world titles in English billiards, for a record 8 times. Advani also remains the only person to have won all five national, regional, and world billiards tournaments in a single season, a feat he achieved by winning the Indian Junior National Championship and Senior National Championship, the Asian Billiards Championship, and both the World Billiards Championship (point format) and World Billiards Championship (time format). Advani won the WPBSA billiards title, at Leeds in 2009, He became the first person in the world to win the trio of the WPBSA World Billiards Champion pro title, and the IBSF World Billiards Champion amateur title, as well as the IBSM World Snooker Champion amateur title.
- World 6-Red Snooker Championship – Gold (2014)
- World Team Billiards Championship – Gold (2012)
- World Billiards Championship – (2010)
- Asian Billiards Championship – (2010)
- Asian Games Gold Medallist – (2009)
- Asian Billiards Championship- (2009)
- World Professional Billiards Championship- (2008)
- Asian Billiards Championship – (2008)
- IBSF World Billiards Championship (both formats — timed and points) (2006)
- Asian Billiards Championship (2006)
- Asian Games Gold Medallist -(2005)
- IBSF World Billiards Championship (both formats — timed and points) -(2004)
- WSA Challenge Tour- (2004)
- WSA Challenge Tour- (2003)
- IBSF World Snooker Championship- (2001)
- Indian Junior Billiards Championship- (2001)
- Indian Junior Snooker Championship- (2001)
- Indian Junior Billiards Championship- (2000)
- Indian Junior Billiards Championship- (1999)
- Pot Shot All India Triangular Championship- (1998)
- Pot Shot non-medallist Championship- (1998)
- KarnatakaState Junior Snooker Championship- (1997)
Awards and honors :
- Padma Shri – 2009
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna -2005-06
- Rajyotsava Award-2007
- Karnataka’s ‘Kempegowda Award” – 2007.
- Ekalavya Award – 2007
- Vision of India’s “International Indian” Award – 2005.
- Senior Sportsperson of the Year- 2005
- The Sports Writers’ Association of Bangalore
- The BangaloreUniversity Sportsperson of the Year – 2005
- The Hero India Sports Award (HISA) – 2004
- The Rajeev Gandhi Award- 2004
- The Arjuna Award- 2004
- The Indo-American Young Achiever’s Award – 2003
- The Sports Star Sportsperson of the Year- 2003.