Jimmy Robertson (snooker player)

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Jimmy Robertson
Jimmy Robertson at Snooker German Masters (DerHexer) 2015-02-05 07.jpg
Robertson at the 2015 German Masters
Born (1986-05-03) 3 May 1986 (age 30)
Bexhill-on-Sea, England
Sport country  England
Nickname Robbo, J-Rob
Professional 2002/2003, 2009–
Highest ranking 34 (May–October 2016)
Current ranking 36 (as of 18 December 2016)
Career winnings £261,444[1]
Highest break 142[2] (2013 China Open WC Round)
Century breaks 90[3]
Best ranking finish Last 16 (2015 International Championship and 2016 Riga Masters)

Jimmy Robertson (born 3 May 1986) is an English professional snooker player.

Career[edit]

He was on the main tour for 2002/2003 where he was the youngest player on the tour. He qualified for the main tour again in 2007/2008, by becoming the number One Ranked English Amateur, through winning the EASB (English Governing Body) pro-Ticket Tour Rankings.[4]

Robertson also won the EASB Pro-Ticket tour for a second time in April 2009, to finish as England's Number one Amateur for the second time, which guaranteed him a place on the World Snookers main Professional tour for the third time for the 2009/10 season. He also added the English Amateur Championships to his portfolio of victories, by beating David Craggs 9–8.[5]

His third return to the professional main tour ranks in 2009/10, saw him rise up the ranks, to number 63 in the world. He got off to a terrific start in the first event, the Shanghai Masters, where he won his first three qualifiers, and then faced former world champion Graeme Dott. Despite taking a 4–1 lead, Robertson lost 4–5.

In the 2010/11, Robertson continued to rise up the rankings. He also qualified for the main draw of a ranking event for the first time, at the 2011 World Snooker Championship. He defeated Xiao Guodong, Tony Drago, and former world champion Ken Doherty to qualify for his Crucible debut. He won the first frame of his first round match against Mark Selby only to lose the next match 10–1.

2011/2012 season[edit]

Robertson qualified for one ranking event in the 2011/2012 season, the World Open, thanks to wins over Andrew Norman, Ken Doherty and Rory McLeod, before seeing off amateur Zhou Yuelong in the wildcard round at the event in Haikou, China.[6] In the first round of the event proper he played Mark Allen and was beaten 1–5, with the Northern Irishman later going on to win the tournament.[7] Robertson reached the semi-finals of Event 7 of the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship series, where he lost 0–4 to Matthew Stevens. He played in 11 out of 12 of these events, also picking up a last 16 finish in Event 4 to be placed 31st on the PTC Order of Merit, just outside the top 24 who made the Finals.[8] Robertson finished the season ranked world number 55, inside the top 64 who automatically retained their places for the 2012/2013 season.[9]

2012/2013 season[edit]

Robertson qualified for two ranking events during the 2012/2013 season.[10] The first of these was the Shanghai Masters by beating Tian Pengfei, Jack Lisowski and Anthony Hamilton, but he was defeated 4–5 by Jin Long in the wildcard round in Shanghai.[11] His second appearance at a ranking event was at the China Open by seeing off Robbie Williams and Joe Perry in qualifying and this time came through the wildcard round with a 5–1 defeat of Wang Yuchen, compiling his highest competitive break of 142 in the process[2][10] He faced Neil Robertson in the last 32 and was whitewashed 0–5.[12] Robertson had a consistent season in the ten Players Tour Championship events, with his best result being a last 16 loss to Andrew Higginson in the Scottish Open, to finish 45th on the PTC Order of Merit.[13] Robertson's season ended when he was beaten 3–10 by Liang Wenbo in the third round of World Championship Qualifying, to be placed world number 52 in the rankings.[14][15]

2013/2014 season[edit]

He began the 2013/2014 season by qualifying for the Wuxi Classic and whitewashed Graeme Dott 5–0 in the first round, before losing 5–4 to Scott Donaldson in the last 32.[16][17] Robertson lost in the last 64 of four other ranking events during the season.[18] He had a very good season in the European Tour events as he reached the quarter-finals of the Bulgarian Open where he was beaten 4–2 by Neil Robertson.[19] Robertson had a very eventful tournament at the Bluebell Wood Open as Stuart Bingham made a 72 break in the deciding frame of their second round match, before Robertson cleared the table with a 73 break to win. In the last 16 he came back from 3–0 against Vinnie Calabrese to triumph 4–3 and reach another quarter-final, where Ding Junhui defeated him 4–1.[18] Robertson finished 20th on the Order of Merit which saw him qualify for the Finals for the first time in his career, but he lost 4–2 to John Higgins in the opening round.[20][21]

2014/2015 season[edit]

Jimmy Robertson at the 2015 German Masters

Robertson played at the venue stage of eight ranking tournaments this year, the most he has reached in any one season. However, he was unable to win past the last 32 in any of them.[22] He had another good season in the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship events, losing in the semi-finals of the Asian Tour's Haining City Open 4–3 to Oliver Lines which saw him finish eighth on the Order of Merit.[23] His other semi-final came on the European Tour at the Gdynia Open where he was whitewashed 4–0 by Mark Williams. Robertson was ranked 15th on their Order of Merit.[24] He qualified for his second World Championship by edging Xiao Guodong 10–9 on the final pink.[25] Robertson made a 106 break to level his first round tie with Marco Fu at 5–5, but would go on to lose 10–6.[26] His ranking of 41st in the world was the highest Robertson has finished a season at that point in his career.[27]

2015/2016 season[edit]

At the Haining Open, Robertson reached the semi-finals by knocking out Xiao Guodong and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh from the fourth round stage, but he lost 4–2 to Ding Junhui. He reached the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time in his career by beating Darryl Hill 6–2 and Barry Hawkins 6–4 at the International Championship and then lost 6–3 to Marco Fu.[28] Robertson saw off Michael Wild 4–3 and Michael Holt 4–1 in reaching the third round of the Welsh Open, where he was thrashed 4–0 by Ronnie O'Sullivan.[29] He lost 5–1 to Judd Trump in the second round of the China Open and 10–2 to Alan McManus in the last round of World Championship qualifying.[28] Robertson's end of season ranking of 34 is the highest he has ever finished a year in his career.[30]

2016/2017 season[edit]

Robertson reached the last 16 of a ranking event for the second time by beating Dechawat Poomjaeng 4–0 and Martin O'Donnell 4–3 at the Riga Masters and was defeated 4–1 by John Astley. He also recorded the event's high break of 138. Robertson was thrashed 5–0 by Shaun Murphy in the second round of the World Open after he had eliminated Wang Yuchen 5–1 in the opener. He won through to the third round of both the UK Championship and Welsh Open, but failed to pick up a frame in losses to Oliver Lines and Scott Donaldson respectively.[31] Robertson defeated Cao Yupeng 10–8, Oliver Lines 10–4 and Rod Lawler 10–6 to qualify for the World Championship and played Mark Allen in the opening round.[32] In a close match he was edged out 10–8.[33]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 2002/
03
2003/
04
2004/
05
2007/
08
2009/
10
2010/
11
2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
Ranking[34][nb 1] UR[nb 2] UR[nb 3] UR[nb 3] UR[nb 2] UR[nb 2] 63 53 55 52 54 41 34 38
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 4] Tournament Not Held Minor-Ranking 3R
Indian Open Tournament Not Held LQ LQ NH 1R
World Open[nb 5] Tournament Not Held LQ 1R LQ LQ Not Held 2R
Paul Hunter Classic[nb 6] Not Held Pro-am Event Minor-Ranking Event 1R
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held LQ LQ LQ LQ WR LQ 1R LQ LQ
European Masters Tournament Not Held LQ
English Open Tournament Not Held 1R
International Championship Tournament Not Held LQ LQ 1R 3R 1R
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 2R
UK Championship LQ A A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R 2R 2R 3R
Scottish Open[nb 7] LQ A Tournament Not Held MR Tournament Not Held 1R
German Masters Tournament Not Held LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R 1R LQ
Welsh Open LQ A A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R 2R 3R 3R
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 2R
Players Championship Grand Final[nb 8] Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ 1R 1R 1R DNQ
China Open Not Held A LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ 1R
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters LQ A A LQ LQ A A A A A A A
Variant format tournaments
Shoot-Out Tournament Not held 1R 1R 3R 2R 1R 2R 3R
Former ranking tournaments
British Open LQ A A Tournament Not Held
Irish Masters LQ A A Tournament Not Held
Malta Cup[nb 9] LQ A A NR Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Tournament Not Held LQ Tournament Not Held
Wuxi Classic[nb 10] Tournament Not Held Non-ranking LQ 2R LQ Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open Tournament Not Held LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 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 on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ a b He was not on the Main Tour.
  4. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  5. ^ The event was called the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
  6. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005)
  7. ^ The event was called the Players Championship (2003/2004)
  8. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  9. ^ The event was called the European Open (2002/2003–2003/2004)
  10. ^ The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2009/2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://cuetracker.net/Players/Jimmy-Robertson/Career-Total-Statistics
  2. ^ a b "Jimmy Robertson". CueTracker – Snooker Database. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Centuries". Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  4. ^ http://www.bexhillobserver.net/sport/other-sports/jimmy-robertson-beaten-by-marco-fu-1-6697946
  5. ^ Global Snooker: 2009 Jury's English Finals Weekend
  6. ^ "Jimmy Robertson 2011/2012". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Allen leaves Robertson in a Jam". Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Order of Merit". Snooker.org. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Official World Ranking List for the 2012/2013 Season" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Jimmy Robertson 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Bank of Communication Shanghai Masters". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "China Open 2013: Schedule and results". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Order of Merit 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Betfair World Championship Qualifiers". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Official World Snooker Ranking List for the 2013/2014 Season" (PDF). World Snooker. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Jimmy Robertson Q&A". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Snooker – Hawkins, Ding beaten at Wuxi Classic". Eurosport. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "Jimmy Robertson 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Snooker – Higgins beats Robertson to claim Bulgarian Open title". Eurosport. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "European Order of Merit 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Woollaston Stuns Ding in Preston". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  22. ^ "Jimmy Robertson 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  23. ^ "Asian Order of Merit 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  24. ^ "European Order of Merit 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  25. ^ "Sweet 16 Through to Sheffield". World Snooker. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  26. ^ "Jimmy Robertson beaten by Marco Fu". Sussex Express. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  27. ^ "World Rankings After 2015 World Championship". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 7 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  28. ^ a b "Jimmy Robertson 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  29. ^ "'Bored' O'Sullivan Into Last 16". World Snooker. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  30. ^ "Historic Seedings After 2016 World Championship". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  31. ^ "Jimmy Robertson 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  32. ^ "World Championships 2017: Mark Selby faces Fergal O'Brien in first round". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  33. ^ "World Championship 2017: Jimmy Robertson happy despite Mark Allen defeat". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  34. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 

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