Tom Ford (snooker player)
17 August 1983 |
Glen Parva, Leicestershire
|Highest ranking||21 (Aug–Sep 2013)|
|31 (as of 2 May 2017)|
|Highest break||147 (3 times)|
|Best ranking finish||Final (2016 Paul Hunter Classic)|
- 1 Career
- 2 Performance and rankings timeline
- 3 Career finals
- 4 References
- 5 External links
As a junior, he played against Mark Selby frequently. Ford began his professional career by playing Challenge Tour in 2001, at the time the second-level professional tour. His first quarter-final came at the 2005 Malta Cup where he beat Ken Doherty, but eventually lost to Stephen Hendry. In the 2007 Grand Prix, he made a 147 against Steve Davis, after having just come out of hospital suffering from gastroenteritis, but still missed out on the last 16 eventually finishing 3rd in his group. He secured the high break and maximum prize, but it was not televised. In the last 32 of the 2007 Northern Ireland Trophy he held Ronnie O'Sullivan to 4–4, before missing the final blue, allowing O'Sullivan to clinch the frame. Ford made his World Championship debut in 2010, after beating Judd Trump 10–3 in the final qualifying round. He played Mark Allen in the first round, where he lost 10–4.
Early in the season Ford won his first professional title, Event 3 of the Players Tour Championship, beating Jack Lisowski 4–0 in the final. Ford failed to qualify for the main draws of both the Shanghai Masters and the World Open, but did beat Tony Drago and Gerard Greene to reach the Last 32 of the UK Championship. He was drawn against Mark Allen and lost 9–5. Ford did not qualify for the final stages of any other ranking event for the season after losing 10–8 to Liu Chuang in Round 4 of qualifying for the World Championship.
The first world ranking event of the season was the inaugural Australian Goldfields Open where Ford reached the final stages by beating Gerard Greene. He then beat world number 15 Jamie Cope 5–3 before being whitewashed 0–5 by eventual winner Stuart Bingham in the last 16. He made it through to his third successive UK Championship main draw where he played former world champion Neil Robertson, but was comfortably beaten 1–6. Ford won his second PTC title at Event 11 in December by defeating Martin Gould 4–3. He finished twelfth in the Order of Merit to qualify for the 2012 Finals, where he lost to Mark Davis 1–4 in the last 24. He then qualified for the wildcard round of the German Masters with a 5–0 whitewash of Anthony Hamilton and beat Irishman Philip Arnold 5–1 to reach the last 32, where he met Mark Allen. Ford held a 3–0 lead, but went on to lose the match 4–5. He qualified for the Welsh Open and beat Graeme Dott 4–2 in the opening round, before losing to Stephen Lee 1–4. Ford also reached the second round of the World Open, thanks to the withdrawal of Ronnie O'Sullivan, but exited the tournament in a final frame decider versus Mark King. He then lost to Lee again, this time in the first round of the China Open, before failing to qualify for the World Championship after being edged out 9–10 by Cao Yupeng. Ford finished the season ranked world number 26, meaning he had risen eight places during the year.
Ford qualified for six ranking events during the 2012/2013 season. Out of those he lost in the first round in three and in the second round of both the Australian Goldfields Open and Welsh Open to Shaun Murphy 1–5 and Ken Doherty 3–4 respectively. He couldn't qualify for the Players Tour Championship Finals through the Order of Merit as he finished 46th, but he did play in all three of the new Asian PTC's. His best result came in the Third Event, where he lost 3–4 in the semi-finals to Stuart Bingham. Ford finished sixth on the Asian Order of Merit, inside the top eight who qualified for the Finals. It was at the Finals that Ford had his best run in a ranking event of his career. He saw off Martin Gould 4–2, Jack Lisowski 4–3 and Marco Fu 4–1 to advance to the semi-finals. His nerves showed early on against Neil Robertson as he fell 0–3 down, but composed himself to level at 3–3. Ford had three chances to win the deciding frame, but left Robertson a chance when escaping a snooker to lose 3–4. Ford ended the season ranked world number 24.
At the 2013 Australian Goldfields Open Ford reached the quarter-finals of a ranking event for the third time in his career by beating Ryan Day and Barry Hawkins, before losing 5–3 to Robert Milkins. He won through to the second round of both the Indian Open and Welsh Open but was eliminated by Stephen Maguire and James Wattana respectively. Ford defeated James Cahill 10–6, Luca Brecel 10–1 and Matthew Stevens 10–8 to qualify for the World Championship for the second time. He rallied from 6–2 down in the first round against Judd Trump to level at 8–8, before losing two successive frames to exit the tournament.
Ford qualified for the Australian Goldfields Open for the fourth year in a row and lost 5–3 to John Higgins in the first round. He had five defeats in a row after this until beating Barry Pinches 6–4 in the opening round of the UK Championship, his first win in the event after six prior losses. Ford was beaten 6–3 by Joel Walker in the second round. He had a resurgence of form at the Asian Tour event, the Xuzhou Open by knocking out five players to reach the semi-finals, where he lost the last two frames in a 4–3 defeat to Joe Perry. Ford entered the qualifying rounds of the World Championship needing wins to ensure his survival on the tour as he was close to ending the season outside the top 64 in the world rankings. He did so by seeing off Andrew Norman 10–2 and David Gilbert 10–8 to meet Matthew Selt in the final round, where he lost 10–8. Ford ended up 59th in the world rankings, a drop of 27 places during the year.
Ford began the 2015/2016 season by reaching the third final carrying ranking points of his career after overcoming the likes of Joe Perry, Matthew Selt and Ben Woollaston at the Riga Open. Ford won the first frame against Barry Hawkins, but could not capture another to be beaten 4–1. He defeated Scott Donaldson 6–1 and then beat Mark Williams for the first time by recovering from 5–3 down to win 6–5. He followed that up by easing past Kyren Wilson 6–1, but accused his opponent Liang Wenbo of boring him off the table in the fourth round after it was Ford who lost 6–5 having been 5–3 up. Ford failed to build upon this during the rest of the season as he could not get beyond the second round of any ranking event. However, he was able to build on his world ranking to finish as the world number 43, an increase of 16 spots during the year.
A 4–1 victory over Jamie Jones at the Paul Hunter Classic saw Ford reach the second ranking event semi-final of his career and he beat Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4–2, closing the match with a 136 break. In Ford's first ranking event final he was 2–2 with Mark Selby, before his fellow Leicester player knocked in two 50 plus breaks to defeat Ford 4–2. At the English Open he beat Rory McLeod, Marco Fu and Joe Swail all by 4–2 scorelines, before losing 4–1 to John Higgins. Ford qualified for the German Masters by ousting Judd Trump 5–1 and then made a 147 in a first round 5–2 win over Peter Ebdon. He saw off Mark King 5–2, but then lost 5–2 to Ali Carter in the quarter-finals. Ford qualified for his third World Championship courtesy of victories over Jamie Bodle, Chris Wakelin and Hossein Vafaei. From holding a narrow 2–1 advantage over Barry Hawkins in the first round, Ford was eliminated 10–3.
Performance and rankings timeline
|Ranking[nb 1]||UR[nb 2]||UR[nb 3]||UR[nb 2]||UR[nb 3]||74||51||44||50||48||49||41||34||26||24||32||59||43||31|
|Riga Masters[nb 4]||Tournament Not Held||Minor-Rank.||1R||1R|
|China Championship||Tournament Not Held||NR|
|Paul Hunter Classic[nb 5]||Tournament Not Held||Pro-am Event||Minor-Ranking Event||F|
|Indian Open||Tournament Not Held||2R||1R||NH||LQ|
|Shanghai Masters||Tournament Not Held||LQ||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||LQ||LQ||1R||LQ|
|European Masters[nb 6]||NH||LQ||A||LQ||QF||LQ||2R||NR||Tournament Not Held||2R|
|English Open||Tournament Not Held||4R|
|International Championship||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||2R|
|Northern Ireland Open||Tournament Not Held||2R|
|Scottish Open[nb 7]||A||LQ||A||LQ||Tournament Not Held||MR||Not Held||1R|
|German Masters||Tournament Not Held||LQ||1R||LQ||1R||LQ||A||QF|
|Shoot-Out||Tournament Not Held||Variant Format Event||1R|
|World Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||NR||2R||1R|
|Gibraltar Open||Tournament Not Held||MR||2R|
|Players Championship[nb 8]||Tournament Not Held||1R||1R||SF||DNQ||DNQ||1R||DNQ|
|Championship League||Tournament Not Held||A||A||A||A||RR||RR||RR||A||A||A|
|Variant format tournaments|
|Six-red World Championship[nb 9]||Tournament Not Held||1R||A||A||NH||2R||A||A||A||A|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Thailand Masters||A||LQ||NR||Not Held||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|British Open||A||LQ||A||2R||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Irish Masters||Non-Ranking||A||LQ||LQ||NH||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Northern Ireland Trophy||Tournament Not Held||NR||LQ||2R||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Bahrain Championship||Tournament Not Held||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Wuxi Classic[nb 10]||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||1R||LQ||LQ||Not Held|
|Australian Goldfields Open||Tournament Not Held||2R||2R||QF||1R||LQ||Not Held|
|World Open[nb 11]||A||LQ||A||LQ||LQ||1R||RR||RR||LQ||LQ||LQ||2R||LQ||1R||Not Held||2R||NH|
|Former variant format tournaments|
|Shoot-Out||Tournament Not Held||2R||SF||1R||2R||3R||2R||Ranking|
|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.|
|RV / Ranking & Variant Format Event||means an event is/was a ranking & variant format event.|
|MR / Minor-Ranking Event||means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.|
|PA / Pro-am Event||means an event is/was a pro-am event.|
|VF / Variant Format Event||means an event is/was a variant format event.|
- From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- He was not on the Main Tour.
- New players don't have a ranking.
- The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
- The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2005/2006–2006/2007)
- The event was called the Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
- The event was called the Players Championship (2003/2004)
- The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
- The event was called the Six-red Snooker International (2008/2009) and the Six-red World Grand Prix (2009/2010)
- The event ran under the name Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
- The event was called the Grand Prix (2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010), the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
Ranking event finals: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||2016||Paul Hunter Classic||Selby, MarkMark Selby||2–4|
Minor-ranking finals: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||2010||Players Tour Championship – Event 3||Jack Lisowski||4–0|
|Winner||2.||2011||Players Tour Championship – Event 11||Martin Gould||4–3|
|Runner-up||1.||2015||Riga Open||Hawkins, BarryBarry Hawkins||1–4|
- Austrian Open – 2007
- "World Rankings after the Paul Hunter Classic (ET4) 2013" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "Career-total Statistics for Tom Ford – Professional". CueTracker Snooker Results & Statistics Database. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
- "Centuries". Pro Snooker Blog. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
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- "Focused Tom Ford wins first professional title". BBC Sport. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
- "UK Championship scores". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
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- "2011 Australian Goldfields Open". Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "UK Championship 2011 scores". Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Ford beats Gould in PTC 11 final". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
- "PTC Order of Merit after PTC12" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 January 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
- "Tom Ford 2011/2012". Snooker.org. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- "Mark Allen fights back for German Masters win over Tom Ford". BBC Sport. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
- "Chinese duo qualify for Crucible". Eurosport. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- "Official World Ranking List for the 2012/2013 Season" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
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- "Order of Merit 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
- "Asian Order of Merit after APTC3" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
- "Robertson Survives Ford Fight-Back". World Snooker. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
- "Official World Snooker Ranking List for the 2013/2014 Season" (PDF). World Snooker. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- "Tom Ford 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
- "Welsh snooker stars Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens miss out on World Championships". Wales Online. Archived from the original on 18 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
- "World Snooker Championship: Judd Trump survives fightback from Tom Ford". Sky Sports. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
- "Tom Ford 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
- "UK Championship snooker: Leicester's Tom Ford beats Barry Pinches in first round at York". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
- "Snooker: Mark Selby to open World Championship title defence against Norway's Kurt Maflin". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
- "World Rankings After 2015 World Championship". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 7 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- "Hawkins Rules in Riga". World Snooker. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
- "UK Championship: John Higgins through, but two-time champ Mark Williams crashes out at the York Barbican". The Press (York). Retrieved 20 August 2016.
- "UK Championship: Tom Ford starts to hit his best form". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
- "UK Championship: Tom Ford accuses Liang Wenbo of being boring". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
- "Tom Ford 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
- "Historic Seedings After 2016 World Championship". Snooker.org. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
- "Tom Ford 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
- "Mark Selby takes bragging rights in Paul Hunter Classic by beating Tom Ford in all-Leicester final". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
- "Leicester's Tom Ford hits maximum 147 break against Peter Ebdon at German Masters snooker". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
- "O'Brien Wins Record Two-Hour Frame". World Snooker. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
- "Leicester's Tom Ford bows out to Barry Hawkins in first round of snooker World Championship". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
- "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
- "Official player profile of Tom Ford". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. "Tour Players" section. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
- Profile on Pro Snooker Blog
- Profile on Yahoo! Sport