Gary Wilson (snooker player)

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Gary Wilson
Gary Wilson at Snooker German Masters (Martin Rulsch) 2014-01-30 01.jpg
Wilson at the 2014 German Masters
Born(1985-08-11) 11 August 1985 (age 28)
Wallsend, England
Sport country England
NicknameG-raz
Professional2003–2006, 2013–
Highest ranking64 (June 2014–present)[1][2]
Current ranking64 (as of 30 June 2014)
Career winnings£ 70,349[3]
Highest break147 (2014 German Masters Qualifying)
Century breaks46[4]
Best ranking finishLast 16 (2013 Indian Open)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking1
 
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Gary Wilson
Gary Wilson at Snooker German Masters (Martin Rulsch) 2014-01-30 01.jpg
Wilson at the 2014 German Masters
Born(1985-08-11) 11 August 1985 (age 28)
Wallsend, England
Sport country England
NicknameG-raz
Professional2003–2006, 2013–
Highest ranking64 (June 2014–present)[1][2]
Current ranking64 (as of 30 June 2014)
Career winnings£ 70,349[3]
Highest break147 (2014 German Masters Qualifying)
Century breaks46[4]
Best ranking finishLast 16 (2013 Indian Open)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking1

Gary Wilson (born 11 August 1985) is an English professional snooker player from Wallsend in the North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Wilson started playing snooker aged three and soon started showing promise.[5] At the age of 8 he had already been put into a team performing in the local league, despite some clubs refusing to allow a kid to play. Aged 9, he made his first century, and appeared for the first time at the BBC1's snooker game show series Junior Big Break: Stars of the Future (he would made two more appearances at the show). He played exhibition matches with John Parrott and Willie Thorne and defeated Jimmy White and Ronnie O'Sullivan in level matches. Wilson went on to win a number of national titles, including the UK Under-18 championship twice, and was widely regarded as one of the most promising junior players in the country.[6]

in 2003 Wilson made his international debut in at the European U-19′s Championship in Latvia. The same year he started his professional career by playing Challenge Tour, the second-level professional tour at the time, and won the fourth event in 2004 to finish fourth in the rankings and secure his place on the main tour for 2004/2005 season.[7] Wilson's biggest achievement that year however was the victory at the World Under-21 Snooker Championship in Ireland. Having won all seven of his round robin matches, dropping just two frames along the way, he then went all the way to the final, defeating the likes of Pankaj Advani, Aditya Mehta and Liang Wenbo. In the final Wilson saw off Kobkit Palajin with top breaks of 142 and 135 to win 11-5.

In his debut season Wilson reached the last 48 of the Irish Masters and last 64 of the China Open.[8] These results were just enough to ensure that he would remain on tour for another year. The next season, Wilson twice reached the last 64 stage of the tournaments, however the rest of his performances was unsuccessful and following defeat to James Tatton in the World Championship qualifying he fell off the tour.[9] In 2013 Wilson commented: "At the end of it, when you looked at the rankings it was only by one match and I was gutted. The thing is, at the time, and this is not an excuse, the game was nowhere near as popular as now. It was going through a really bad patch and there were only six tournaments in all compared to now when there are 20-25 tournaments per season. It meant if you had two bad tournaments and you were not doing too well you did not have much time to recover. It is so different now."[5]

Amateur years and return to main tour[edit]

Wilson was to spend the next four years attempting to regain his tour place via the PIOS tour, having come close to finish inside the top 8 on several occasions. He was forced to start working as a taxi driver at the time to make a living.[5]

Following the introduction of the Q School Wilson again came close to winning a tour card, twice reaching the fourth round in 2011 and once in 2012. He also took part in the 2012 IBSF World Championship in Bulgaria, having finished top of the English amateur rankings. He reached the final but lost 8-10 to Muhammad Asif. During the 2011/2012 season Wilson entered a number of PTC events, defeating the likes of Peter Ebdon and Marco Fu and reaching the last 32 twice. The next season was even better, as he performed consistently and reached the last 16 of Scottish Open; as a result he finished third among the amateur players on the Order of Merit and finally regained his tour place after seven years.[10] Wilson said, "I knew if I went quite far in that last event I would be able to turn professional off that, so losing the world amateur final did not end my dreams".[5]

2013/2014[edit]

Wilson had one of the strongest starts to the season among the new players on tour. In the first tournament, the Wuxi Classic, he defeated James Wattana to qualify for his second ever venue appearance; there he would lose in a deciding frame to David Morris.[11] After failing to qualify for both the Australian Open and Shanghai Masters, Wilson delivered his best major tournament performance to date at the inaugural Indian Open, defeating Jimmy White, Dominic Dale and Marco Fu on the way to last 16, where he again lost in the deciding frame, this time to Michael White.[12] Following his first round defeat at the International Championship to Wattana, Wilson went on to reach last 32 of both the UK Championship and German Masters. During the qualifying match for the latter tournament against Ricky Walden in December, Wilson made his first maximum break in professional competition.[13] He also performed successfully at the European Tour events, winning his first round matches at every tournament. The highlight was his first ever semi-final at the Rotterdam Open where he was leading eventual tournament winner Mark Williams 3–1 but lost 4–3.[14] Thanks to these performances Wilson finished 24th on the Order of Merit to qualify for the Finals, where he was whitewashed 4–0 by Fu. Wilson's season came to a disappointing end as he was beaten 10–4 by James Cahill in the opening round of World Championship qualifying.[11]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament2003/
04
2004/
05
2005/
06
2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
Ranking[15][nb 1]UR[nb 2][nb 3]344[16]79UR[nb 4]UR[nb 4]UR[nb 2]68
Ranking tournaments
Wuxi ClassicTournament Not HeldNRA1R1R
Australian Goldfields OpenTournament Not HeldAALQLQ
Shanghai MastersTournament Not HeldAALQ
Indian OpenTournament Not Held3R
International ChampionshipTournament Not HeldA1R
UK ChampionshipALQLQAA3R
World Open[nb 5]ALQ1RAALQ
German MastersTournament Not HeldAA2R
Welsh OpenALQLQAA1R
Players Championship Grand Final[nb 6]Tournament Not HeldDNQDNQ1R
China OpenNHLQLQAA1R
World ChampionshipLQLQLQAALQ
Non-ranking tournaments
The MastersLQALQAAA
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World ChampionshipTournament Not HeldA2R
Shoot-OutTournament Not HeldAAA
Former ranking tournaments
British OpenALQTournament Not Held
Irish MastersALQTournament Not Held
Malta Cup[nb 7]ALQLQTournament Not Held
Performance Table Legend
LQlost in the qualifying draw#Rlost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QFlost in the quarter-finals
SFlost in the semi–finalsFlost in the finalWwon the tournament
DNQdid not qualify for the tournamentAdid not participate in the tournamentWDwithdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Heldmeans an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a minor-ranking event.

Tournament wins[edit]

Non-ranking wins[edit]

Amateur[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Rankings after the 2014 Wuxi Classic" (PDF). World Snooker. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "World Rankings After the 2014 Australian Goldfields Open" (PDF). World Snooker. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gary Wilson". CueTracker - Snooker Database. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Century Breaks - All-time, Professional". CueTracker - Snooker Database. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Wilson is hoping for a big break second time around". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Snooker: Cue king Gary has world at his feet". The Journal. 31 August 2004. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Gary Wilson - Season 2003/2004". Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Gary Wilson - Season 2004/2005". Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Gary Wilson - Season 2005/2006". Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Order of Merit". WWW Snooker. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Gary Wilson 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Indian Open 2013: Results". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Gary Wilson: Snooker player shoots maximum 147 break". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Selby to meet Williams in Rotterdam Open final". Eurosport. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "Official Rankings". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 29 March 2007. 
  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ He was not on the Main Tour.
  4. ^ a b He was an amateur.
  5. ^ The event was called the LG Cup (2003/2004) and the Grand Prix (2004/2005–2005/2006)
  6. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2011/2012-2012/2013)
  7. ^ The event was called the European Open (2001/2002-2003/2004)

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