Jogia at the 2011 Paul Hunter Classic
13 November 1975 |
|Professional||1994–1997, 1998/1999, 2000/2001, 2004–2008, 2009–2012|
|Highest ranking||44 (August–September and December 2011)|
|Highest break||137 (Grand Prix 2009 Qualifying)|
|Best ranking finish||Last 32 (2004 Grand Prix, 2004 British Open, 2010 World Open, 2011 UK Championship)|
Born in Leicester, England in 1975, Jogia lived for a time in the Hertfordshire town of Letchworth, before returning to live in Leicester. In July 2012, Jogia was banned from snooker for two years due to suspicious betting patterns in the lead up to one of his matches.
He has reached the last 32 of four ranking events, the first two being the 2004 Grand Prix and British Open, within a few weeks of each other. He won the English Open title in 1998, and has defeated players such as Joe Swail, Mark King and Stuart Bingham in his career. His highest break in a ranking event is 137, in qualifying rounds of the 2009 Grand Prix, although he has also made a 147 maximum in pro-am play.
He dropped off the pro Main Tour after the 2006/2007 season. In 2008/2009 he topped the pro-am International Open Series to regain a place on the Main Tour, although this was a wildcard place as he was not a member of his national governing body at that time.
Jogia made it to the main stage of the UK Championship for the first time in 2011 by beating Jamie Cope 6–3 in the final round of qualifying. He was drawn against world number 2, Mark Williams, and won two successive frames to tie the match at 4–4. Unfortunately, Jogia had a bad "kick" while well placed to win the next frame and would lose the match 6–4. Jogia had a good season in the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship series as he played in all 12 of the events, reaching the semi-finals in the first event, where he lost 2–4 to Ronnie O'Sullivan. He also had two last 16 finishes to be placed 28th on the PTC Order of Merit, just out of the top 24 who qualified for the PTC Finals. Jogia only won one more match in qualifying after his UK Championship exploits and finished the season ranked world number 47.
On 30 May 2012, it was announced by World Snooker that Jogia had been suspended from playing on the tour because of unusual betting patterns on his match against Matthew Selt in the Snooker Shoot-Out, which was due to take place on 28 January 2012. A high number of bets were placed on Jogia to lose the match, which he claimed was because of an injury to his knee and the assumption that he would be unable to play to an adequate standard. Jogia withdrew from the event the day before it started, but faced a formal hearing of the World Snooker Disciplinary Committee in July. At the hearing it was revealed that Jogia had been in repeated communication with two people who placed 19 bets on the match and that 11 of these bets had been placed before he sought medical attention regarding his knee injury. Jogia was banned from snooker until after the 2014 World Championship and fined £2,000 as a contribution to the cost of the investigation.
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