Duane Jones (snooker player)
Paul Hunter Classic 2015
|Born||30 April 1993|
Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales
|Highest ranking||72 (February-March 2019)|
|96 (as of 12 August 2019)|
2014 China Open
|Best ranking finish||Semi-final (2019 German Masters)|
Jones started playing snooker aged twelve, joining his local snooker club and playing on full sized tables after being impressed at how easy Jimmy White made the game look on television. He later became Welsh under-16 captain and the youngest player to win the singles in the Aberdare Valley Snooker League.
During the 2010/2011 season, Jones started to feature in Players Tour Championship events, as well as Q School and ranking events as a top up player. In the 2013 Welsh Open, Jones beat former World Championship semi-finalist Andy Hicks in the opening round of qualifying 4–3, before a narrow 4–3 defeat to former world champion Neil Robertson in the following round. Jones, lost at the final stage of Q School in 2013 (to Lee Spick) and 2014 (to Chris Melling), however these performance did earn him the chance to compete in more ranking events as a top up amateur player. The most notable result he recorded being a 5–2 win over top 16 player Joe Perry with breaks of 141, 137, 75 and 74 to qualify for the 2014 China Open, where he lost 5–3 to Yu Delu in the first round.
In 2015, Jones was successful in Q School and earned a tour card for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 seasons by beating Zhao Xintong 4–3 in his final match of Event 2 in a black ball finish in the deciding frame. His first win as a professional came at attempt number one as he defeated Sam Thistlewhite 5–1 in the 2015 Australian Goldfields Open qualifiers, before falling 5–1 to Sam Baird. Jones only won one more match in the rest of the season, which included losing his last eight.
Jones qualified for the 2016 Indian Open with a 4–2 victory over Yu Delu and narrowly beat Liam Highfield 4–3 in the first round to reach the last 32 of a ranking event for the first time, where he lost 4–1 to Peter Ebdon. He got to the second round in three of the four Home Nations tournaments, but was knocked out each time. He finished the year outside the top 64, but immediately regained his professional status with a victory in event two of Q-School. Wins over Simon Bedford, Peter Delaney, Declan Brennan, Hao Hu and Alex Davies ensured Jones would be back on the tour for the next two seasons.
Performance and rankings timelineEdit
|Ranking[nb 1]||[nb 2]||[nb 2]||[nb 2]||[nb 2]||[nb 2]||[nb 3]||118||[nb 4]||79||[nb 5]|
|Riga Masters[nb 6]||Tournament Not Held||MR||LQ||LQ||LQ||WD|
|International Championship||Not Held||A||A||A||A||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R|
|China Championship||Tournament Not Held||NR||LQ||LQ||LQ|
|English Open||Tournament Not Held||2R||1R||1R|
|World Open||A||A||LQ||A||Not Held||1R||1R||LQ|
|Northern Ireland Open||Tournament Not Held||2R||2R||1R|
|Scottish Open||Not Held||MR||Not Held||2R||1R||1R|
|European Masters||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||1R|
|World Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||NR||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Players Championship[nb 7]||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Gibraltar Open||Tournament Not Held||MR||2R||1R||1R|
|Tour Championship||Tournament Not Held||DNQ|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Wuxi Classic||NR||LQ||A||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Australian Goldfields Open||NH||A||LQ||A||A||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Paul Hunter Classic||Minor-Ranking Event||A||A||A||NR|
|Indian Open||Not Held||A||A||NH||2R||1R||1R||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.|
- It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- He was an amateur.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- Players qualified through Q School started the season without prize money ranking points.
- Players qualified One Year Ranking List started the season without ranking points.
- The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
- The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
Amateur finals: 1 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||2007||Junior Pot Black||Jason Devaney||0–1|
|Winner||1.||2013||IBSF World 6-Reds Snooker Championship||Michael Judge||6–4|
- "Duane Jones". Pro Snooker Blog. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- "BetVictor Welsh Open Qualifiers (2013)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- "World Snooker's Q School ends as eight new professionals get tour cards at Meadowside Leisure Centre". burtonmail.co.uk. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
- "Q School Event Two Winners". World Snooker. 31 May 2015.
- "Duane Jones 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
- "Duane Jones 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
- "Lam Secures Immediate Tour Return". World Snooker. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
- "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.