Joe Perry (snooker player)
Perry at the 2012 Paul Hunter Classic
13 August 1974 |
|Nickname||The Fen Potter, The Gentleman|
|Highest ranking||12 (2008/09–2009/10)|
|15 (as of 9 December 2013)|
|Highest break||145 (2004)|
|Best ranking finish||Runner-up (2001 European Open)|
Joe Perry (born 13 August 1974 in Wisbech) is an English professional snooker player. He is often referred to as the 'Fen Potter', nicknamed 'the Gentleman' for his likeable attitude and 'The Man from Sicily' for his dark quasi-Mediterranean features. He has run courses to teach people to play.
Perry climbed the rankings steadily after turning professional in 1991, and reached the top sixteen for the first time in 2002. He has spent four seasons in its lower reaches and three more just outside of it, in the top 20.
His best career performance so far was when he reached the final of the European Open in 2001. He first reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship in 2004, beating then defending champion Mark Williams 13–11 along the way, also making the tournament's highest break. He repeated this run in 2008 when he defeated Graeme Dott and Stuart Bingham, and bettered it by going on to beat Stephen Maguire 13–12 and earn his place in the semi-finals. Previously, he had also reached the last 16 on his Crucible debut in 1999, beating Steve Davis on the final black in the last 32.
He reached the semi-finals of the UK Championship in both 2004 and 2005 seasons, losing the 2004 match after leaving opponent and eventual runner-up David Gray requiring snookers in the penultimate frame to remain in it. This run left him provisionally fifth in the world, but he failed to win a match in the remaining five tournaments and dropped to 14th at the end of the season as a result. In 2005, he lost at the same stage to eventual champion Ding Junhui.
In the 2007/08 season, he reached two quarter-finals: in the Grand Prix (losing 5–3 to Gerard Greene) and the Welsh Open (with victories over John Parrott 5–2, Peter Ebdon 5–1 and Stuart Bingham 5–2 before Shaun Murphy beat him 5–0), as well as the last 16 of the UK Championship, where he beat Neil Robertson 9–6 after being 5–3 down, before losing 9–2 to Marco Fu. He followed that up by reaching the semi-finals of the world championship, where he was knocked out by Ali Carter 17–15. These results ensured him a return to the prestigious top 16 of the rankings (at #12, his highest ranking ever), meaning automatic qualification for major tournaments. He also finished the 2007/2008 season on another high, by winning the Championship League, to qualify for the Betfred Premier League for 2008. He has expressed that he feels that he is learning to cope with the high pressure of major tournaments, having had more experience over the last season.
Perry opened 2008/2009 with three last-sixteen runs, leaving him inside the top eight of the provisional rankings. However he went one better in the UK Championship beating Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–5 having trailed by 5–3, in one of the best victories of his career. However, he lost 9–7 to Marco Fu in the quarter-finals. In the new year he lost very narrowly (6–5) to O'Sullivan in the Masters, the rest of the season was unspectacular as he failed to win a match in a ranking event. He was unable to repeat his 2008 run in the World Championship losing 10–6 to an in-form Jamie Cope in the first round. This meant that he finished the season ranked at number #12.
In 2009/2010 he only reached one quarter-final and consequently slid to 19th in the rankings. In the World Championship he beat Michael Holt 10–4 and trailed Ali Carter 10–6 before winning five frames on a row to lead 11–10 but lost 13–11.
Perry was a losing finalist in Event 1 (Ronnie O'Sullivan won 4–0) and Event 12 (Stephen Maguire won 4–2) during the minor-ranking 2011/2012 Players Tour Championship series. These results helped him qualify for the Finals as he finished 11th on the Order of Merit. It was at the Finals where Perry had his best run in a ranking event during the 2011/2012 season as he beat Fergal O'Brien and Graeme Dott, before being defeated by Neil Robertson 1–4 in the quarter-finals. In the other ranking events during the year he reached the second round three times, culminating in a 7–13 defeat to Maguire in the World Championship. Perry finished the season ranked world number 24.
Perry began the 2012/2013 season by reaching the second round of the Wuxi Classic thanks to the withdrawal of Matthew Stevens and lost 4–5 to Ricky Walden. He was beaten 1–5 by Marco Fu in the first round of the Australian Goldfields Open, before recording his best result of the year at the Shanghai Masters. He beat Barry Pinches in qualifying, Stevens 5–2 in the first round and then whitewashed Neil Robertson 5–0 to make the quarter-finals. There was never a frame between Perry and Mark Williams in their quarter-final, with Perry making a 131 break to force a deciding frame which he lost. Perry won two more matches in ranking events during the rest of the season, the first being a 4–0 triumph over world number one Mark Selby in the first round of the Welsh Open. He was knocked out 3–4 by veteran Alan McManus in the subsequent round. The second was in the PTC Finals which Perry had qualified for by finishing 20th on the Order of Merit. He beat Stuart Bingham 4–2, before losing 3–4 to Ben Woollaston. Perry's season ended when he was beaten 3–10 by world number 83 Sam Baird in the final round of World Championship Qualifying. His end of season ranking was world number 20.
In June 2013, Perry won the first tournament carrying ranking points of his 22-year professional career at the Players Tour Championship event, the Yixing Open, with a 4–1 defeat of Mark Selby in the final.
- Yixing Open – 2013
- Championship League – 2008
- Pink Ribbon – 2013
- "Joe Perry". Yahoo! UK. 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
- "Snooker's Leading Century Makers". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "Profile at globalsnooker.co.uk". Global Snooker Centre. 2003. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
- "Williams crashes out". London: BBC. 2004-04-24. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
- "Perry beats Maguire in epic clash". London: BBC. 2008-04-30. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
- "Perry wins Championship League Snooker". Betting Pro. 2008-05-18. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
- "Perry learning to handle pressure". London: BBC. 2008-05-20. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
- "Order of Merit". WWW Snooker. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- "Joe Perry 2011/2012". Snooker.org. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- "Official World Ranking List for the 2012/2013 Season". Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- "Joe Perry 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
- "Williams reaches Shanghai Masters quarters, Robertson shut out". Eurosport. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
- "Williams & Higgins into Masters semis". ESPN (UK). Retrieved 17 April 2013.
- "Welsh Open: Joe Perry thrashes Mark Selby in round one". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
- "Order of Merit 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
- "Betfair World Championship Qualifiers". Snooker.org. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
- "Official World Snooker Ranking List For The 2013/2014 Season". World Snooker. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- "Perry Wins In Yixing". World Snooker. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
- "Hall of Fame". World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
- "WLBSA – 2011 World Championship Results".
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Joe Perry.|
- "Official player profile of Joe Perry". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. "Players Alphabetical" section.
- Joe Perry at CueTracker.net: Snooker Results and Statistic Database
- Pro Snooker Blog profile