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Adam Duffy (born 30 March 1989)[1] is an English former professional snooker player.

Adam Duffy
Adam Duffy PHC 2016-1.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2016
Born (1989-03-30) 30 March 1989 (age 30)
Sheffield, England
Sport country England
Professional2011–2014, 2016–2018
Highest ranking56 (June–August 2013)
Career winnings£98,854
Highest break139:
2012 China Open (qualifying)
Century breaks34
Best ranking finishLast 16 (2019 Shoot-Out)

Duffy qualified for the 2011/2012 professional Main Tour as one of four semi-finalists from the third and final Q School event.[2]


Debut seasonEdit

As a new player on the tour Duffy would need to win four qualifying matches to reach the main stage of the ranking event tournaments. He came closest to doing this in the sixth event of the year, the Welsh Open, where he received a bye through round one and then beat James Wattana and Jack Lisowski, before being whitewashed 0–4 by former world champion Peter Ebdon in the final qualifying round.[3] He also reached the last 16 of Event 2 of the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship series, which included a 4–0 victory over world number one Mark Selby.[4] Duffy finished his first year as a professional ranked world number 62, inside the top 64 who guarantee their places for the 2012/2013 season. He was the second highest ranked of all the new players on the tour, after China's Yu Delu who was number 58.[5]

2012/2013 seasonEdit

Duffy had a poor 2012/2013 season as he lost his first six games and only won a total of four matches in ranking event qualifiers and two matches in Players Tour Championship tournaments.[6] He finished a lowly 108th on the PTC Order of Merit, but did end the season ranked world number 60, his highest ranking to date.[7][8]

2013/2014 seasonEdit

In his opening match, Duffy defeated Tony Drago 5–2 to qualify for the 2013 Wuxi Classic in China, but lost 5–3 to Lu Ning in the wildcard round. At the UK Championship Duffy beat Barry Pinches in a deciding frame to face reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan in the second round.[9] He led twice before the interval but went on to lose 6–3.[10] His results during the year meant that he dropped 31 places to world number 91 in the rankings to drop off the tour, with Duffy entering Q School in an attempt to win his place back.[11] He came within two victories of doing so in the second event, but lost 4–3 to Lee Walker.[9]

2014/2015 seasonEdit

Duffy entered all the European Tour events during the season, and thanks to his high Q School ranking he was able to enter a number of ranking tournaments as well. At the Paul Hunter Classic, Duffy overcame Ryan Day and Gerard Greene both 4–3, before losing 4–0 to Fergal O'Brien in the last 32. He qualified for the Indian Open by beating Jack Lisowski 4–2 and then edged out Gary Wilson 4–3 to play Judd Trump in the second round.[12] Duffy came from 3–1 down to level at 3–3, but would lose the deciding frame to the world number six in a three-hour match.[13] However, the display seemed to give him confidence heading into the World Championship as he defeated Martin Gould 10–6 and won seven of the last eight frames to beat Sam Baird 10–7.[14][15] Duffy played Jamie Jones in an attempt to become the first player from Sheffield to play at the Crucible, but was narrowly beaten 10–8. Duffy felt he had run out of steam during the match against an opponent who had been playing in tournaments all year, while Duffy had his playing opportunities limited due to his amateur status.[16] In the first event of Q School, Duffy reached the final round and made breaks of 107, 93 and 70 against Eden Sharav but lost 4–3.[17]

2015/2016 seasonEdit

In the first round of the 2015 UK Championship, Duffy pulled off a huge shock by eliminating world number nine and two-time winner of the event Ding Junhui 6–2. He credited the win to working hard on his game at the academy in Sheffield.[18] He forced a deciding frame against Joe Swail in the next round having been 5–3 down, but lost it.[19] He qualified for the China Open by beating Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 5–3, but would later withdraw from the event. Duffy lost in the final round of the EBSA Qualifying Tour Play-Offs to Sam Craigie, but by twice losing in the fifth round of Q School he earned a two-year tour card via the Order of Merit.[20][21]

2016/2017 seasonEdit

He played in the final qualifying round for the Shanghai Masters after winning three matches, but was edged out 5–4 by Robert Milkins. Duffy lost in the second round of both the Paul Hunter Classic and Northern Ireland Open 4–1 to Lee Walker and 4–3 to Peter Ebdon respectively. He was beaten in eight of his final nine matches of the season after this.[22]

2017/2018 Duffy had a very poor season. His best performance was reaching the last stage of the World Championship Qualfiers where he lost 10-2 to Xiao Guodong. There was controversy in the 2nd frame where the ref called a waistcoat foul when Duffy was reaching across to pot the brown. He only required the brown and blue to win the frame, however Guodong cleared up to take a 2-0 lead.

He dropped off the tour at the end of the 2017/18 season and entered Q School to win back his tour place, but his best result was a loss in the final round of the second event to Craig Steadman.[23] He entered again in 2019.

Personal lifeEdit

Duffy works part-time as a builder for his father's firm.[18] He is a fan of Sheffield Wednesday F.C..

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 2010/
Ranking[24][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 3] 62 60 [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 4] 86 [nb 2]
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters Not Held Minor-Rank. 1R LQ LQ
World Open A LQ LQ LQ Not Held LQ LQ LQ
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event 2R 1R A
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR LQ A
European Masters Tournament Not Held LQ 1R 1R
English Open Tournament Not Held 1R 1R 1R
International Championship Not Held LQ 1R A LQ LQ LQ A
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 2R 2R 1R
UK Championship A LQ LQ 2R A 2R 1R 1R 1R
Scottish Open Not Held MR Not Held 1R 1R 1R
German Masters A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open A LQ LQ 1R A 1R 1R 1R 2R
Shoot-Out Variant Format Event 1R 1R 4R
Indian Open Not Held LQ 2R NH LQ WD LQ
Players Championship[nb 5] DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 1R 1R A
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ
World Championship A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic Non-Ranking LQ WR LQ Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open NH LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ Not Held
Shanghai Masters A LQ LQ LQ A LQ LQ 1R NR
Former variant tournaments
Shoot-Out A A 1R 1R A A 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.
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 He was an amateur.
  3. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  4. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  5. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)

Career finalsEdit

Pro-am finals: 1 (1 titles)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2012 Paul Hunter English Open   Craig Steadman 6–3

Amateur finals: 1 (1 title)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2019 Challenge Tour - Event 9   Matthew Glasby 3–1


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  2. ^ "Brave Gilbert Comes Through Final Event". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Adam Duffy 2011/2012". Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Order of Merit". WWW Snooker. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Official World Ranking List for the 2012/2013 Season" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Adam Duffy 2012/2013". Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Order of Merit 2012/2013". Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ a b "Adam Duffy 2013/2014". Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  10. ^ "UK Championship: Ronnie O'Sullivan reaches third round". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  11. ^ "World Snooker Rankings After the 2014 World Championship" (PDF). World Snooker. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Adam Duffy 2014/2015". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Trump Wins Despite Duff Display". World Snooker. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Eckington potter Duffy advances in quest for Crucible qualification". The Star. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Snooker: Adam Duffy one win away from making Crucible history in home city of Sheffield". The Star. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Snooker: Adam Duffy's Crucible dream wrecked by Jamie Jones". The Star. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  17. ^ "Quartet Earn Tour Cards". World Snooker. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  18. ^ a b "Amateur Duffy Shocks Ding". World Snooker. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  19. ^ "Sheffield snooker ace Duffy 'gutted' at narrow UK Championship defeat". Sheffield Star. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Adam Duffy 2015/2016". Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  21. ^ "Q School Order of Merit 2015/2016". Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  22. ^ "Adam Duffy 2016/2017". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  23. ^
  24. ^ "Ranking History". Retrieved 6 February 2011.

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