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Ali Carter
Allister Carter at Snooker German Masters (Martin Rulsch) 2014-01-29 03.jpg
Ali Carter at 2014 German Masters
Born (1979-07-25) 25 July 1979 (age 35)
Colchester, Essex
Sport country  England
Nickname The Captain
Professional 1996–
Highest ranking 2 (September and October 2010)[1][2]
Current ranking 15 (as of 24 November 2014)
Career winnings £1,607,624[3]
Highest break 147 (2008 World Championship)
Century breaks 176[4]
Tournament wins
Ranking 3
Non-ranking 3

Allister "Ali" Carter (born 25 July 1979, Colchester, Essex, England) is an English professional snooker player, who lives in Chelmsford.[5] He is a two-time World Championship runner-up, twice losing to Ronnie O'Sullivan, in 2008 and 2012. He has also won three ranking titles and been as high as second in the world rankings.[6]

Career[edit]

Carter turned professional in 1996.[5] He first emerged in 1999, winning the WPBSA Association Young Player of the Year award after winning the Benson and Hedges Championship in 1999 – this earned him a wild card place in the Masters.[5] He also reached the semi-finals of the 1999 Grand Prix.[7] It was eight years before he reached another ranking semi-final, the 2007 Malta Cup.[8]

He was close to the elite top 16 for three successive seasons ranking as 17, 19, and 19 through 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2005/06, respectively, before reaching it in the 2006/07 season and remaining there in 2008.[9]

He reached the last 16 (second round) of the World Championship in 2005, after scoring the first 10–0 victory in the event since 1993 against 1993 semi-finalist James Wattana in qualifying.[10] At the 2007 World Championship he beat Andy Hicks in the first round, 10–4, before beating World No. 1 and seven-time champion Stephen Hendry 13–6 to reach his first World Championship quarter-final and guarantee a place in the Top-16. Carter now has a 5–4 record against Hendry; conversely, he has never beaten Ronnie O'Sullivan in 12 attempts.[11]

Carter has at times missed out on opportunities from winning positions, an extreme example being in the first round of the 2007 UK Championship, when Carter led Barry Hawkins 8–3 before Hawkins won the next six frames to win 9–8.[12] However, Carter got his own back on Hawkins during the 2008 World Championship by beating him 10–9 in a 'controversial' finale. Hawkins had levelled the match to 9–9, when the players were pulled out of the arena to allow the evening matches to begin. They returned after one of the evening's two matches had been completed – on a table they had not previously played on. Hawkins felt this break interrupted his momentum, handing the match to Carter.[13] He followed this by defeating two former champions in succession; provisional World Number 1 Shaun Murphy 13–4 in the second round and then 2002 winner Peter Ebdon 13–9 in the quarter-final. In the semi-final on 4 May 2008 he beat Joe Perry 17–15 to book a place against Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final. Carter lost the final 18–8.[14]

Carter scored his first 147 break on 29 April at the 2008 World Championship, one day after Ronnie O'Sullivan had made one in the same tournament. This made Carter the sixth man to achieve this feat at the Crucible (the eighth made there, as O'Sullivan had previously achieved it three times), and the first to have done so without previously winning a tournament. It is the first time two 147s have been made in the same event.[15]

Carter soon showed signs of carrying this form forward in subsequent events. He won his second non-ranking tournament, the Huangshan Cup in China, with a 5–3 win over the reigning Grand Prix champion Marco Fu.[16] In the 2008/09 season Carter reached the semi-final stage on three separate occasions. He progressed to the semi-finals of the 2008/09 season's first ranking event, the 2008 Northern Ireland Trophy before losing 5–6 to O'Sullivan having led 5–4.[17] He reached the same stage of the Grand Prix, defeating veterans Steve Davis and John Parrott before losing to Ryan Day, again 5–6[18] The third occasion was the UK Championship where wins over Peter Ebdon and Mark Williams were followed by a close 9–7 defeat to the man he was victorious against in the Huangshan Cup final in China, Marco Fu.

After thirteen years as a professional, Carter defeated the likes of Jimmy White, Graeme Dott, Shaun Murphy, Anthony Hamilton, and Joe Swail to finally win his first ranking tournament – the 2009 Welsh Open.

Carter made a slow start to the 2009/2010 season, losing 0–5 to Liang Wenbo in the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters and losing in the first round at the Grand Prix, before reaching the quarter-finals of the UK Championship. As the defending champion at the Welsh Open he progressed to the final but was beaten by John Higgins, the reigning world champion at the time. He finished the season strongly by reaching the semi-finals at the China Open and the World Championship, losing in the latter to eventual champion, Neil Robertson, by 12–17. Of the six ranking tournaments that were staged during the 2009/2010 season, Carter's campaigns were ended by the eventual champion on four occasions, and on another by the runner-up. Carter finished the season by moving up to a career high position of 4th in the world rankings.

Carter won the 2010 Shanghai Masters. Carter had to recover from 1–4 down in the quarter-final to defeat Matthew Stevens 5–4, Stevens missing the final black off its spot in the deciding frame. He then won six frames in a row from 0–2 down to beat Mark Selby 6–2, and edged past qualifier Jamie Burnett 10–7 in the final.[19] The following events were not very successful for Ali Carter,as he was eliminated in the last 32 of the World Open by Mark Williams 1–3,he suffered an early exit against the young talent Mark Joyce in the first round of the UK Championship by 6–9 and also lost his first round match of the 2011 Masters against Peter Ebdon by 5–6.

2011/2012 season[edit]

Carter's 2011/2012 season got off to a poor start as he exited the first two ranking events of the year, the Australian Goldfields Open and the Shanghai Masters, in the first round.[20][21] At the UK Championships he defeated Robert Milkins, but then lost 6–2 to Mark Allen in the last 16. After the match Carter stated on Twitter: "I'm going to retire at the end of the season! And I can't wait!" and that he was "dead serious" about the threat. Later on he admitted the comments were made "in the heat of the moment" but that he did have some "serious thinking to do at the end of the season".[22] His retirement threat looked to be more likely as he lost in the first round in the Masters and the next two ranking events, and then withdrew from the World Open in China due to medical reasons.[23][24] Although he reached the quarter-finals of the China Open with wins over Dominic Dale and Lu Ning before losing 2–5 to Ding Junhui, Carter found himself out of the world's top 16 for the first time since 2005.[25]

Before the start of the World Championship Carter stated that his future in the game depended on his health, as his ten-year battle with Crohn's disease continued.[26] Three weeks before the start of the event he began cutting out dairy and wheat from his diet resulting in him feeling stronger every day.[27] This looked to have an effect on the snooker table too as he raced into an 8–1 lead over Mark Davis in the opening session of the first round, before returning to close out the match 10–2.[23] He played world number 2 Judd Trump in the second round and from 9–12 behind, produced a superb fightback to record the result of his season to take the match 13–12 and reach the quarter-finals.[28] He defeated impressive debutant Jamie Jones 13–11 in the last eight to book a semi-final with Stephen Maguire.[23] He won this match by a 17–12 scoreline to play in a repeat of the 2008 final against Ronnie O'Sullivan.[29] He lost 11–18, meaning he has now not beaten O'Sullivan in any of their 12 ranking event matches.[30] Despite reaching the final, Carter finished the season ranked world number 17, meaning he had dropped 11 places during the year.[31]

Ali Carter at 2013 German Masters.

2012/2013 season[edit]

Carter began the season in less than auspicious form as he lost in the first round of both the Wuxi Classic and Australian Goldfields Open.[32] He won his first match in a ranking event of the season by beating Robert Milkins 5–4 in the Shanghai Masters and then whitewashed Stephen Maguire 5–0 to advance to the quarter-finals.[32] He played John Higgins and at 1–4 down threatened a comeback by winning two frames, but lost the next to exit the tournament.[33] A first round defeat in the International Championship followed before he saw off Steve Davis and Mark Joyce in the UK Championship both by 6–2 scorelines and Stuart Bingham 6–4 to make the semi-finals for the first time since 2008.[34] Carter was the victim of a stunning fightback against Shaun Murphy in the semi-finals as he led 8–4 but Murphy levelled at 8–8 and when Carter broke down on a break of 32 in the deciding frame, Murphy stepped in to win 9–8.[35] Carter was beaten 3–6 by Higgins in the first round of the Masters.[32]

Carter scored comfortable victories over Fraser Patrick, Anthony Hamilton and Michael Holt at the German Masters and then took advantage of a poor performance from Neil Robertson to reach the final, where he played Marco Fu.[36] Carter came back from 3–5 down to win 9–6 to secure the third ranking event title of his career.[37] Fu gained revenge in the PTC Finals by beating Carter 4–1 in the second round, before Carter reached the final of the non-televised Championship League but lost 2–3 to Martin Gould.[32] He was edged out 4–5 in the second round of the China Open by Mark Williams.[32] At the World Championship Carter won seven frames in a row to see off Ben Woollaston 10–4 in the first round, and came back from 1–5 in the last 16 against Ronnie O'Sullivan to level at 7–7, before O'Sullivan stepped up a gear to knock out Carter 8–13.[38][39] He ended the season ranked world number 16.[40]

2013/2014 season[edit]

Carter won through to the third round of the Wuxi Classic, before being egded out 5–4 by David Morris in the last 16.[41] After his first round loss to Mark Davis in the Shanghai Masters, Carter was forced to withdraw from the next two ranking events due to health problems documented below.[42] He returned for the UK Championship and dropped just one frame in his opening two matches, before losing 6–3 to Graeme Dott.[42] He criticised the structure of the event after his first round win as all 128 players on the tour began at the venue in round one, Carter said "We all started off at the bottom and got to the top so I don't see why everyone else doesn't have to do that".[43] Carter dropped out of the top 16 in the world rankings during the year to miss out on playing in the Masters for the first time since 2006, but reached his first semi-final in a ranking event in over a year at the China Open, losing 6–2 to Neil Robertson.[44] Carter was beaten 13–9 by Mark Selby in the second round of the World Championship and bemoaned his opponent's negative playing style, saying that he was the only one trying to make things happen during the game.[45][46]

2014/2015 season[edit]

Carter missed the start of the 2014/2015 season due to receiving treatment for lung cancer.[47] He returned in October at the non-ranking General Cup and won the title by defeating Shaun Murphy 7–6 in the final.[48]

Personal life[edit]

In 2003 he was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Crohn's disease.[5] He has partly controlled this by limiting dairy and wheat / gluten in his diet [49]

He practised at Chelmsford's Rivermead Snooker Club before buying the club and being the new owner.[5] Carter also has a keen interest in flying. Although he views snooker as his career at the moment, he has a pilot license which he trained for during a break from the game.[5]

His first child with his ex-partner Sarah, a son named Max, was born at one minute past midnight on 1 October 2009, weighing in at 8 lbs 2oz.[50]

On 1 July 2013 it was announced that Carter was diagnosed with testicular cancer.[51] He had surgery a day later and was advised to rest for a month.[52] On 19 July 2013, Carter announced on his Twitter page that he had received the all-clear and would resume his career at the Shanghai Masters in September.[53] Carter stated in April 2014 that he would have chosen to take six months to a year away from snooker but his need to regain his place in the top 16 of the world rankings was such that it was not an option.[54] A month later World Snooker announced that Carter had been diagnosed with a form of lung cancer and would be taking a break from the sport to receive a course of intensive chemotherapy.[47] In August, Carter finished his successful chemotherapy treatment and returned to snooker in October at the General Cup, which he won.[55][48]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 1996/
97
1997/
98
1998/
99
1999/
00
2000/
01
2001/
02
2002/
03
2003/
04
2004/
05
2005/
06
2006/
07
2007/
08
2008/
09
2009/
10
2010/
11
2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
Ranking[56][nb 1] UR[nb 2] 286[nb 3] 187 142 92 61 31 17 19 19 15 14 7 5 4 6 17 16 13
Ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic[nb 4] Not held Non-ranking 1R 3R WD
Australian Goldfields Open Not held 1R 1R A A
Shanghai Masters Not held 1R 1R 2R W 1R QF 1R A
International Championship Not held 1R WD A
UK Championship LQ A LQ 2R 2R 2R 2R 3R QF QF 2R 1R SF QF 1R 2R SF 3R
German Masters[nb 5] LQ A NR Not held 2R 1R W 1R
Welsh Open LQ A 1R LQ LQ 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R QF QF W F SF 1R LQ 4R
Indian Open Not held WD
Players Championship Grand Final[nb 6] Not held DNQ DNQ 2R DNQ
China Open[nb 7] NH NR LQ LQ LQ 1R Not held 1R LQ 2R 2R 2R SF QF QF 2R SF
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R 2R 1R QF F 2R SF 2R F 2R 2R
Non-ranking tournaments
Champion of Champions Tournament Not Held QF 1R
The Masters LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ 1R 1R QF 1R 1R 1R 1R A
Championship League Not held RR RR RR SF RR F RR
Variant format tournaments
Shoot-Out Not held 2R 1R 1R 3R
Former ranking tournaments
Dubai Classic[nb 8] LQ Not held
Malta Grand Prix Non-ranking LQ NR Not held
Thailand Masters LQ A LQ LQ LQ LQ NR Not held NR Not held
Scottish Open[nb 9] LQ A LQ 4R 3R 3R QF 2R Not held MR Not held
British Open LQ A LQ 1R LQ QF QF 1R 3R Not held
Irish Masters Non-ranking event 2R LQ LQ NH NR Not held
Malta Cup[nb 10] LQ NH LQ Not held LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R SF NR Not held
Northern Ireland Trophy Not held NR 2R 3R SF Not held
Bahrain Championship Not held 1R Not held
World Open[nb 11] LQ A LQ SF LQ 1R 1R QF 2R 1R RR 2R SF 1R 1R WD WD 2R NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Scottish Masters A A A A A A LQ Not held
Northern Ireland Trophy Not held WR Ranking Event Not held
Malta Cup R NH R Not held Ranking Event RR Not held
Wuxi Classic[nb 4] Not held RR RR A F Ranking Event
Brazil Masters Not held QF Not held
Premier League[nb 12] A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A RR A Not held
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ He was not on the Main Tour.
  4. ^ a b The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
  5. ^ The event was called the German Open (1996/1997–1997/1998)
  6. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  7. ^ The event was called the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
  8. ^ The event was called the Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  9. ^ The event was called the International Open (1996/1997–1997/1998) and the Players Championship (2003/2004)
  10. ^ The event was called the European Open (1996/1997, 2001/2002–2003/2004) and the Irish Open (1998/1999)
  11. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix (1996/1997–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010) and the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004)
  12. ^ The event was called the European League (1996/1997)

Career finals[edit]

Ali Carter with winner trophy and girlfriend at 2013 German Masters.

Ranking event finals: 6 (3 titles, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
World Championship (0–2)
UK Championship (0–0)
Other (3–1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2008 World Snooker Championship England O'Sullivan, RonnieRonnie O'Sullivan 8–18
Winner 1. 2009 Welsh Open Northern Ireland Swail, JoeJoe Swail 9–5
Runner-up 2. 2010 Welsh Open Scotland Higgins, JohnJohn Higgins 4–9
Winner 2. 2010 Shanghai Masters Scotland Burnett, JamieJamie Burnett 10–7
Runner-up 3. 2012 World Snooker Championship (2) England O'Sullivan, RonnieRonnie O'Sullivan 11–18
Winner 3. 2013 German Masters Hong Kong Fu, MarcoMarco Fu 9–6

Non-ranking wins: (3 titles)[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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