Kacper Filipiak

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Kacper Filipiak
Kacper Filipiak PHC 2015-2.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2015
Born (1995-11-19) 19 November 1995 (age 23)
Warsaw, Masovian
Sport country Poland
NicknameThe Kid[1]
Professional2011/2012, 2019–
Highest ranking86 (May–July 2012)
Highest break129:
2014 Q School – Event 2
Century breaks2
Best ranking finishLast 96 (x5)

Kacper Filipiak (born 19 November 1995 in Warsaw, Masovian) is a Polish former professional snooker player. He turned professional in 2011 after winning the European Under-21 Championship, and became Poland's first player on snooker's professional Main Tour.[2] He was the first Polish player to make a 147 in competitive competition, doing so in a PLS Top 16 match against Marcin Nitschke.[3]. He won the 2019 EBSA European Snooker Championship. He therefore gained a two year professional tour card to return to the tour for the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 seasons.

Career[edit]

Debut season[edit]

The 2011/2012 snooker season was Filipiak's first as a professional. At the age of 15 he became the youngest professional player.[4] Filipiak performed impressively at the Snooker World Cup, beating the likes of John Higgins, Stephen Maguire and Marco Fu in the singles matches; this led to him being tipped as a future world champion by Ronnie O'Sullivan.[5] However, his results in the ranking tournaments were disappointing: he entered five of the eight ranking events, but failed to win a single match, picking just four frames during the season.[6][7] Filipiak also had a poor set of results in the PTC events throughout the season, as he played in 10 of the 12 tournaments but did not win a match.[8] He finished the year ranked world number 86, out of the top 64 who retained their places for the 2012/2013 season.[9] Filipiak entered Q School in a bid to win a place for the upcoming season and played in all three events without picking up a single victory and dropped off the main snooker tour.[7]

Amateur years[edit]

Filipiak could only enter Players Tour Championship events the 2012/2013 season. He played in five, but could only qualify for the first round in three, losing his match once there in all of them.[10] He entered Q School in 2014 but was unable to win enough matches to earn a main tour card.[11] He played in three of the six European Tour events in the 2014/2015 season with his only win coming at the Gdynia Open, where he beat Gerard Greene 4–2, before falling 4–0 to Oliver Lines in the second round. He once again had an unsuccessful Q School.[12] Filipiak lost in the quarter-finals of the 2015 IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship 6–5 to Josh Boileau.[13] After beating Gerard Greene 4–3 at the Gdynia Open, Filipiak made his televised debut in the second round against Andrew Higginson and lost 4–3.[14]

Career finals[edit]

Amateur finals: 7 (4 titles, 3 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2011 EBSA European Under-21 Snooker Championships Scotland Michael Leslie 6–3
Winner 2. 2014 Polish Amateur Championship Poland Michał Zieliński 7–2
Runner-up 1. 2016 Polish Amateur Championship Belgium Tomasz Skalski 5–6
Runner-up 2. 2017 Polish Amateur Championship Poland Mateusz Baranowski 5–6
Runner-up 3. 2018 Polish Amateur Championship Poland Mateusz Baranowski 4–6
Winner 3. 2019 Polish Amateur Championship Poland Paweł Rogoza 6–3
Winner 4. 2019 EBSA European Snooker Championship England David Lilley 5–4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kacper Filipiak". 147.pl. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Kacper Takes Pole Position On Tour". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 10 April 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  3. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/filipiak-makes-147/
  4. ^ "Kacper Filipiak". worldsnookerdata.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  5. ^ "15-year-old beats John Higgins". Eurosport.
  6. ^ "Kacper Filipiak Player Profile". Snooker Database. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Kacper Filipiak 2011/2012". Snooker.org. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Order of Merit". WWW Snooker. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Official World Ranking List for the 2012/2012 Season" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Kacper Filipiak 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Kacper Filipiak 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Kacper Filipiak 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  13. ^ "World U21 Snooker Championship → Bucharest - Romania 2015". International Billiards and Snooker Federation. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Kacper Filipiak 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 4 October 2016.

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