David Grace (snooker player)

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David Grace
David Grace PHC 2012-2.jpg
David Grace at the 2012 Paul Hunter Classic
Born (1985-05-05) 5 May 1985 (age 29)
Leeds, England
Sport country  England
Professional 2008/09, 2011–
Highest ranking 69 (September 2012)[1]
Current ranking 93 (as of 30 June 2014)
Career winnings £30,502[2]
Highest break 139 (2011 PTC3)
Best ranking finish Last 32 (2013 Shanghai Masters)
David Grace
Medal record
Competitor for  United Kingdom
Men's Snooker
World Games
Silver 2009 Kaohsiung Individual

David Grace (born 5 May 1985) is an English professional snooker player. After being a successful junior (he was Under-19 Champion in 2003) and amateur player (he was English Amateur Champion in 2005), he became a professional in 2008, gaining his place by winning the 2008 European Snooker Championships against Craig Steadman. In 2009 he took part in the men's singles snooker competition at the World Games in Kaohsiung. Grace was runner up in this event taking home the silver.

In 2011 he re-qualified for the World Snooker Tour at the World Snooker Q School.[3]

Career[edit]

2011/2012 season[edit]

As a new player on the tour Grace would need to win four qualifying matches in order to reach the main draw of the ranking events. He failed to win more than one match in each of his first six attempts to do this until he played in the qualifying for the China Open.[4] There he beat Daniel Wells, Barry Pinches and Matthew Selt, before losing in the final round 4–5 to Tom Ford.[5]

Grace played in all 12 of the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship events throughout the season, with his best finishes coming in Event 10 and Event 12, where he reached the last 16. He was ranked 63rd in the PTC Order of Merit.[6] Grace ended the season ranked world number 77 and would ordinarily be relegated from the snooker tour as he did not finish in the top 64 who retain their places.[7] However, due to his performances in the PTC events he earned his place for the 2012/2013 season.[6]

2012/2013 season[edit]

Grace reached the final round of qualifying for the 2012 Shanghai Masters after seeing off Michael Leslie, Li Yan and Xiao Guodong, but was edged out 4–5 by former world champion Peter Ebdon just one match away from reaching the main stage of a ranking event for the first time.[8] He played in all ten Players Tour Championship events this season, where he enjoyed his best result in the PTC Event 1 by beating James Gillespie, Jimmy White and Gareth Allen, before losing to Jack Lisowski.[8] Grace was placed 74th on the PTC Order of Merit.[9] His season ended when he was beaten 9–10 by Craig Steadman in the first round of World Championship Qualifying.[10] Grace fell 11 places in the rankings during the year to finish it world number 88.[11]

2013/2014 season[edit]

Grace went one better than last season in the qualifying rounds of the 2013 Shanghai Masters by winning four matches, concluding with a 5–2 victory over Tom Ford, to reach the main stage of a ranking event for the first time in his career where he was whitewashed 5–0 by Barry Hawkins.[12] He lost his first match in all eight remaining ranking events after this. [12] Grace also had his best form in the early part of the season in the European Tour events by reaching the last 16 of the second event, the Rotterdam Open, where he was beaten 4–1 by Mark Davis.[12] This helped him to finish 53rd on the Order of Merit, which saw Grace earn a fresh two-year place on the tour.[13]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 2008/
09
2010/
11
2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
Ranking[14][nb 1] UR[nb 2] UR[nb 3] UR[nb 2] 77[nb 4] 88 90[nb 5]
Ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic Non-Ranking LQ LQ 1R
Australian Goldfields Open Not Held LQ LQ LQ LQ
Shanghai Masters LQ A LQ LQ 1R
Indian Open Not Held A
International Championship Not Held LQ LQ
UK Championship LQ A LQ LQ 1R
World Open[nb 6] LQ A LQ LQ LQ
German Masters NH A LQ LQ LQ
Welsh Open LQ A LQ LQ 1R
Players Championship Grand Final[nb 7] NH DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
China Open LQ A LQ LQ 1R
World Championship LQ A LQ LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters LQ A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Northern Ireland Trophy LQ Not Held
Bahrain Championship LQ 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. ^ a b New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ He was an amateur.
  4. ^ Players qualified through Players Tour Championship Order of Merit started the season without ranking points.
  5. ^ Players qualified through European Tour Order of Merit started the season without prize money ranking points.
  6. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix (2008/2009)
  7. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011-2012/2013)

Tournament wins[edit]

Amateur[edit]

  • Pontins Under-19 Championship, 2003
  • English Amateur Championship, 2005, 2008
  • Pontins Spring Open, 2008
  • EBSA European Championship, 2008
  • Yorkshire Snooker Champion, 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Issued after the Shanghai Masters 2012" (PDF). World Snooker. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "David Grace". CueTracker - Snooker Database. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Hull Back On Pro Tour". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "David Grace 2011/2012". Snooker.org. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "2012 China Open Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Order of Merit". WWW Snooker. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Official World Ranking List for the 2012/2013 Season". Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "David Grace 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Issued after Munich Open 2013 (ET6)" (PDF). World Snooker. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Betfair World Championship Qualifiers". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Official World Snooker Ranking List For The 2013/2014 Season". World Snooker. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c "David Grace 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "European Order of Merit 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 

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