Duane Jones (snooker player)

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Duane Jones
Duane Jones PHC 2015-2.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2015
Born (1993-04-30) 30 April 1993 (age 25)
Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Sport country  Wales
Nickname Taffy
Professional 2015–
Highest ranking 78 (August 2018)
Current ranking 79 (as of 27 August 2018[needs update])
Career winnings £47,245[1]
Highest break 141:
2014 China Open
Century breaks 20[1]
Best ranking finish Last 32 (2016 Indian Open, 2018 China Open)

Duane Jones (born 30 April 1993 in Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taf) is a Welsh professional snooker player.

Career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Jones started playing snooker aged twelve, joining his local snooker club and playing on full sized tables after being impressed at how easy Jimmy White made the game look on television. He later became Welsh under-16 captain and the youngest player to win the singles in the Aberdare Valley Snooker League.[2]

Amateur[edit]

During the 2010/2011 season, Jones started to feature in Players Tour Championship events, as well as Q School and ranking events as a top up player.[2] In the 2013 Welsh Open, Jones beat former World Championship semi-finalist Andy Hicks in the opening round of qualifying 4–3, before a narrow 4–3 defeat to former world champion Neil Robertson in the following round.[3] Jones, lost at the final stage of Q School in 2013 (to Lee Spick) and 2014 (to Chris Melling),[2] however these performance did earn him the chance to compete in more ranking events as a top up amateur player.[2] The most notable result he recorded being a 5–2 win over top 16 player Joe Perry with breaks of 141, 137, 75 and 74 to qualify for the 2014 China Open, where he lost 5–3 to Yu Delu in the first round.[2]

Professional[edit]

In 2015, Jones was successful in Q School and earned a tour card for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 seasons by beating Zhao Xintong 4–3 in his final match of Event 2 in a black ball finish in the deciding frame.[2][4][5] His first win as a professional came at attempt number one as he defeated Sam Thistlewhite 5–1 in the 2015 Australian Goldfields Open qualifiers, before falling 5–1 to Sam Baird. Jones only won one more match in the rest of the season, which included losing his last eight.[6]

Jones qualified for the 2016 Indian Open with a 4–2 victory over Yu Delu and narrowly beat Liam Highfield 4–3 in the first round to reach the last 32 of a ranking event for the first time, where he lost 4–1 to Peter Ebdon. He got to the second round in three of the four Home Nations tournaments, but was knocked out each time.[7] He finished the year outside the top 64, but immediately regained his professional status with a victory in event two of Q-School. Wins over Simon Bedford, Peter Delaney, Declan Brennan, Hao Hu and Alex Davies ensured Jones would be back on the tour for the next two seasons.[8]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 2010/
11
2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
2018/
19
Ranking[9][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] 118 [nb 4] 79
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 5] Tournament Not Held MR LQ LQ LQ
World Open A A LQ A Not Held 1R 1R LQ
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event A A A
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR LQ LQ
European Masters Tournament Not Held LQ LQ 1R
English Open Tournament Not Held 2R 1R 1R
International Championship Not Held A A A A LQ LQ LQ
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 2R 2R
UK Championship A A WD A A 1R 1R 1R
Scottish Open Not Held MR Not Held 2R 1R
German Masters A A A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open A A LQ 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R
Shoot-Out Non-Ranking Event 1R 2R
Indian Open Not Held A A NH 2R 1R
Players Championship[nb 6] DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 2R 1R
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held
China Open A A A 1R A A LQ 2R
World Championship A A A A A LQ LQ LQ
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic NR LQ A A Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open NH A LQ A A LQ Not Held
Shanghai Masters A A A LQ A LQ LQ LQ NR
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. ^ It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b c d e He was an amateur.
  3. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  4. ^ Players qualified through Q School started the season without prize money ranking points.
  5. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  6. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)

Career finals[edit]

Amateur finals: 1 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2007 Junior Pot Black Republic of Ireland Jason Devaney 0–1
Winner 1. 2013 IBSF World 6-Reds Snooker Championship Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 6–4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Career-total Statistics for Duane Jones - Professional". CueTracker Snooker Results & Statistics Database. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Duane Jones". Pro Snooker Blog. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  3. ^ "BetVictor Welsh Open Qualifiers (2013)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  4. ^ "World Snooker's Q School ends as eight new professionals get tour cards at Meadowside Leisure Centre". burtonmail.co.uk. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Q School Event Two Winners". World Snooker. 31 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Duane Jones 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Duane Jones 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Lam Secures Immediate Tour Return". World Snooker. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

External links[edit]

  • Duane Jones at CueTracker.net: Snooker Results and Statistic Database
  • Profile on Pro Snooker Blog