Jamie Cope at the 2012 Paul Hunter Classic
12 September 1985 |
|Highest ranking||13 (September 2010 and December 2010–February 2011)|
|46 (as of 30 June 2014)|
|Highest break||147 (3 times)|
|Best ranking finish||Runner up: (2006 Grand Prix, 2007 China Open)|
Jamie Cope (born 12 September 1985 in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England) is an English professional snooker player. He has reached the finals of two ranking tournaments and the semi-finals of the 2011 Masters. Cope entered the top 16 in the world rankings earlier in that season, but thereafter developed a tremor which has been attributed to being either an essential tremor or the yips, which makes his cue arm shake. This hereditary condition has caused Cope to slip markedly down the rankings in recent years. He has a fast, entertaining style of play, being nicknamed "Shotgun" due to his speed around the table and aggressive playing style.
Cope had an impressive record as a junior, but dropped off the Main Tour after two largely unsuccessful seasons. However, he finished top in the Challenge Tour for emerging players in the 2004/05 season, winning two of its four tournaments. This enabled him to return to the Main Tour. His stated intention in pre-season was to finish the year in the Top 48, a tough target which he technically achieved by default after Paul Hunter's illness. He reached the last 16 of the season-opening Grand Prix tournament. Later in the 2005/2006 season he reached the same stage of the Welsh Open and China Open. Those three last-16 defeats were all 5–4. During the season he claimed wins over Joe Perry, Steve Davis, John Parrott and Alan McManus.
On 23 October 2006, Cope made a 147 break in a match against Michael Holt during the Grand Prix in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was only the third player to achieve a 147 in the tournament's history, after Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins. (Tom Ford has since become the fourth man to make a 147 at the Grand Prix, on 15 October 2007.) After progressing from the group stages, Cope defeated Robert Milkins in the last-16 to reach his first quarter-final in ranking events. He beat Joe Perry again in a closely fought match which required a deciding ninth frame. Eventually, Cope won after a slip-up by Perry on the yellow. In the semi-finals, Cope defeated Mark King 6–3, but he lost 5–9 to Australian competitor Neil Robertson in the final. Cope had struggled early in the match and fell 2–8 behind. He briefly rallied to claim the next three frames, but Robertson won the fourteenth frame to clinch the title.On 31 March 2007, Cope progressed into the final of the China Open against Graeme Dott, after beating Barry Hawkins on the last black (not respotted) of the final frame in the semi-finals, after requiring a snooker. However, he lost the final, again by 5 frames to 9.
In the 2007/2008 season, he reached the last 32 of the Shanghai Masters losing 2–5 to John Higgins. He failed to progress beyond the group stages in the Grand Prix 2007, finishing 6th in his group due to not winning a match. In the UK Championship Cope produced a very good performance in beating the then world number one John Higgins 9–3 in the last 32. He then beat Barry Hawkins 9–8 in the last 16 before losing to eventual champion, Ronnie O'Sullivan in the Quarter-finals. He made his World Championship debut in 2008, losing 10–9 to Peter Ebdon in the first round.
At the 2008 Shanghai Masters he scored the second competitive 147 of his career against Mark Williams, but lost their last-16 match 2–5. In the 2009 World Championship, Cope beat Joe Perry in the first round 10–6 and was close to upsetting twice world champion John Higgins in the second round. He was 12–10 up and was looking good to win the match, but ultimately Higgins surged back to win 13–12. This meant that he finished the season ranked at #18, still unable to break into the elite top 16. In 2009/2010 season he never progressed beyond the second round of a ranking tournament. Although he qualified for World Championship, he lost 10–4 in the first round to Ali Carter. On top of this, an unexpected run to the final by Graeme Dott meant that Dott overtook Cope in the rankings and left Cope outside of the world's top 16 for another season, albeit at a career high ranking of 17th.
In the 2010/2011 season, the two-year ranking system was replaced with a rolling ranking, meaning that Cope was finally able to reach the top 16 in October 2010. Cope made his debut at the Masters, where he reached the semi-final stage with wins over Shaun Murphy and Mark King. He played Ding Junhui in the semi-final, but lost 3–6. He was knocked out of the World Championship in the last 16 following a 4–13 loss to Mark Williams, but despite this he finished the season ranked 15.
Cope began the 2011/2012 season with a first round loss in the Australian Goldfields Open and a second round defeat in the Shanghai Masters, resulting in him losing his place in the top 16 after the first rankings cut-off in October, as he was placed number 18. Therefore, Cope was now required to win a qualifying match to reach the main draw of the ranking events. He failed to do this in the next three tournaments, losing to Joe Jogia, Yu Delu and Ken Doherty, in attempting to qualify for the UK Championship, German Masters and Welsh Open respectively. Cope stopped the rot by beating Jamie Burnett to earn a place in the World Open, held in Haikou, China. He played Martin Gould in the first round and, after finding himself 2–4 down, produced a comeback to win the last three frames to set up a last 16 clash with John Higgins. Cope could not continue his run in the tournament however, as he was whitewashed 0–5 by the reigning world champion. Cope also qualified for the China Open, but was this time on the wrong end of a 4–5 scoreline, as he was edged out by Neil Robertson in the first round. Cope's season came to an end soon after this, as he lost in qualifying for the World Championship to Liu Chuang. He was ranked world number 27, meaning he had dropped 12 places during the year, the most of any player who finished the season inside the top 32.
Cope's best finishes of the 2012/2013 season were last 16 defeats in the first three ranking events of the year, which did include a 5–1 victory over world number one Mark Selby in the first round of the Shanghai Masters. In the rest of the season Cope struggled for form as he lost his qualifying match in the next three ranking events and although he could qualify for the World Open and the China Open, he lost 2–5 in the first round to Graeme Dott in the former and 2–5 in the wildcard round to Zhao Xintong in the latter. Cope played in eight of the ten Players Tour Championship events, but could not advance beyond the last 16 in any of them to finish 50th on the PTC Order of Merit. His season ended when he lost 3–10 to world number 70 Dechawat Poomjaeng in the final round of World Championship Qualifying. His drop down the rankings continued as he ended the year ranked world number 38, outside of the top 32 for the first time since 2006.
Cope lost 5–2 in the first round against Joe Perry as he started his 2013/2014 season at the Wuxi Classic. He then beat Martin Gould 5–4 at the Australian Goldfields Open, before home favourite Neil Robertson eliminated him 5–3 in the second round. In the next four ranking events he lost in the first round of the UK Championship to David Morris and failed to qualify for the others. In February, after Cope whitewashed Gareth Green 5–0 to qualify for the China Open and beat Ryan Clark 4–1 in the first round of the Welsh Open, he revealed that he had been working with a sports psychologist in an attempt to help him with the yips in his cue arm which have plagued his results in recent years. His draw in the following matches was not kind as lost 5–1 to Ding Junhui in the next round, a player who had already won four ranking events this season, and 5–1 to Shaun Murphy in China, who had won the World Open two weeks earlier.
In World Championship qualifying, Cope defeated John Astley 10–2, Alex Borg 10–7 and Mark King 10–7 to reach the main draw of snooker's biggest tournament for the first time in three years. Cope said that he has considered quitting "loads of times" in the previous few years and that it was emotional to be winning matches again. In the first round he led Murphy 7–5, but the match went into a deciding frame with Cope losing it on the colours. Cope said later that he was unable to control his arm in the second session of the match which had caused him to jab at the cue ball.
Performance and rankings timeline
|Ranking[nb 1]||UR[nb 2]||97||89[nb 3]||86||47||22||19||18||17||15||27||38||43|
|Wuxi Classic[nb 4]||Tournament Not held||Non-ranking||2R||1R||1R|
|Australian Goldfields Open||Tournament Not held||1R||2R||2R||A|
|Shanghai Masters||Tournament Not held||1R||2R||2R||SF||2R||2R||LQ|
|International Championship||Tournament Not held||LQ||LQ|
|World Open[nb 5]||LQ||LQ||A||3R||F||RR||QF||2R||2R||2R||1R||LQ|
|German Masters||Tournament Not held||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ|
|Players Championship Grand Final[nb 6]||Not held||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|China Open||Not held||A||2R||F||1R||1R||1R||1R||1R||WR||1R|
|Championship League||Not held||RR||RR||2R||RR||RR||A||A|
|Variant format tournaments|
|Six-red World Championship[nb 7]||Not held||A||A||SF||NH||A||A|
|Shoot-Out||Tournament Not held||1R||1R||1R||2R|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Scottish Open[nb 8]||LQ||LQ||Tournament Not held||MR||Not held|
|British Open||LQ||LQ||A||Tournament Not held|
|Irish Masters||LQ||LQ||A||NH||NR||Tournament Not held|
|Malta Cup[nb 9]||LQ||LQ||A||LQ||LQ||NR||Tournament Not held|
|Northern Ireland Trophy||Not held||NR||LQ||2R||2R||Not held|
|Bahrain Championship||Not held||1R||Not held|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|Brazil Masters||Tournament Not Held||1R||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.|
- From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- He was not on the Main Tour.
- The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009-2009/2010)
- The event was called the LG Cup (2002/2003-2003/2004) and the Grand Prix (2004/2005-2009/2010
- The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011-2012/2013)
- The event was called the Six-red Snooker International (2008/2009) and the Six-red World Grand Prix (2009/2010)
- The event was called the Players Championship (2003/2004)
- The event was called the European Open (2002/2003-2003/2004)