Alex Davies (snooker player)

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Alex Davies
Alex Davies PHC 2012.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2012
Born (1987-07-27) 27 July 1987 (age 31)
Sport country England
Professional2003–2005, 2007/08, 2013–2015
Highest ranking74 (September–November 2014)[1][2][3]
Career winnings£34,161[4]
Highest break137:
2011 Alex Higgins International Trophy (qualifying)
Century breaks14[4]
Best ranking finishWildcard round (2015 China Open)

Alex Davies (born 27 July 1987 in Essex, England) is a former professional snooker player from Holland-on-Sea in Essex.[5] He is the youngest person ever to win the English Amateur Championship, in 2003.[6] Davies began his professional career by playing Challenge Tour in 2003, at the time the second-level professional tour.[7] Davies was on the WPBSA Main Tour for the 2007/2008 season, but dropped off.[8] In May 2013, he returned to the main tour by winning five matches at the Q School event one concluding with a 4–1 win over Mitchell Travis to earn a place on the tour for the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 season.[9][10]

Career[edit]

2013/2014 season[edit]

Davies made a dream start to the season as in his first match he defeated world number four Shaun Murphy 5–1 to qualify for the 2013 Wuxi Classic in China where he lost 5–2 to Joel Walker in the first round.[11][12] He also qualified for the Indian Open, International Championship and World Open, but lost in the first round of each.[13] He finished his first year on the main snooker tour ranked world number 96.[14]

2014/2015 season[edit]

Davies recorded wins over Mitchell Mann, Peter Lines and Anthony McGill in the qualifying rounds of the Shanghai Masters, but was then beaten 5–2 by Liang Wenbo in the final round. He lost 6–4 to Aditya Mehta and 4–0 to Mark Selby in the opening round of the UK Championship and Welsh Open. Davies defeated Tom Ford 5–3 to reach the China Open, but was thrashed 5–0 by Zhao Xintong in the wildcard round.[15] He could not pick up any wins on the European Tour until the last two events where a pair of last 32 exits saw him finish 72nd on the Order of Merit.[16] Davies dropped off the tour at the end of the season as, at 76th in the world rankings, he is outside the top 64.[17] Davies entered Q School in a bid to regain his place and came within two matches of doing so in the first event, but lost 4–1 to Leo Fernandez. In the second event, Davies was eliminated 4–1 by Duane Jones in the opening round.[15]

Q School[edit]

Davies again entered Q School, but only won two matches across the two events to fall short of gaining a tour card.[18] In the second event of 2017 Q School he stood one win away from regaining a spot back on the tour, but was beaten 4–2 by Duane Jones.[19]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 2003/
04
2004/
05
2007/
08
2010/
11
2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
Ranking[20][nb 1] [nb 2] UR [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 2] 96
Ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic Not Held Non-Ranking A 1R LQ
Australian Goldfields Open Not Held A A LQ LQ
Shanghai Masters Not Held LQ A A A LQ LQ
International Championship Not Held A 1R LQ
UK Championship A A LQ A A A 1R 1R
German Masters Not Held A A A LQ LQ
Welsh Open A A LQ A A A 1R 1R
Indian Open Not Held 1R LQ
Players Championship Grand Final[nb 4] Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
China Open NH A LQ A A A LQ WR
World Championship LQ LQ LQ A A A LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters A A LQ A A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Northern Ireland Trophy Not Held LQ Not Held
World Open[nb 5] A A LQ A A A 1R NH
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 c New players don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ a b c He was an amateur.
  4. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  5. ^ The event was called the LG Cup (2003/2004) and the Grand Prix (2004/2005–2007/2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Rankings after the Shanghai Masters 2014" (PDF). World Snooker. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 15 September 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 September 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  2. ^ "World Rankings after the Bulgarian Open 2014 (ET3)" (PDF). World Snooker. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 6 October 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 October 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  3. ^ "World Rankings after the Haining Open 2014 (AT2)" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 28 October 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Career-total Statistics for Alex Davies - Professional". CueTracker Snooker Results & Statistics Database. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  5. ^ Alex Davies – Pro Snooker Blog Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  6. ^ Clive Everton (2003-05-12). "Ronnie sees red on yellow". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-05-21.
  7. ^ "Alex Davies - Season 2003/2004". Archived from the original on 6 October 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  8. ^ "ALEX DAVIES (England)". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 30 June 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2008.
  9. ^ "Qualifying School - Event One". Snooker.org. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Quartet Earn Tour Cards". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 10 June 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Murphy Misses Out On Wuxi". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  12. ^ "Shaun Murphy fails to qualify for season-opening major". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Alex Davies 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  14. ^ "World Snooker Rankings After the 2014 World Championship" (PDF). World Snooker. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  15. ^ a b "Alex Davies 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  16. ^ "European Order of Merit 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  17. ^ "World Rankings After 2015 World Championship". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 7 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  18. ^ "Alex Davies 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  19. ^ "Lam Secures Immediate Tour Return". World Snooker. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  20. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

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