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Jack Lisowski (born 25 June 1991) is an English professional snooker player. He turned professional in 2010, by finishing first in the 2009/2010 PIOS rankings.[2]

Jack Lisowski
Jack Lisowski PHC 2016.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2016
Born (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 28)
Cheltenham, England
Sport country England
The Big Lisowski
The Dude[1]
Highest ranking11 (June–September 2019)
Current ranking 13 (as of 4 November 2019)
Career winnings£709,746
Highest break147:
2012 UK Championship (qualifying)
Century breaks172
Best ranking finishRunner-up (2018 Riga Masters, 2019 China Open)


Amateur yearsEdit

He was runner-up to Mitchell Mann in the 2007 Junior Pot Black.[3]

In the 2008/2009 season he was runner-up in the sixth event of International Open Series to Xiao Guodong, and finished 23rd in the rankings. In 2009, Lisowski was awarded the inaugural Paul Hunter Scholarship, which would allow him to practise with professional players. At the time he was suffering from cancer, and was in remission from Hodgkin's lymphoma.[4]

Overcoming his illness[5] Lisowski competed in the PIOS for the 2009/2010 season. He won the first and eighth event of the International Open Series and finished first in the rankings and so received a place on the 2010/2011 professional Main Tour.

2010/2011 seasonEdit

In June 2010, Lisowski joined Romford-based snooker academy Grove Leisure.[6]

After a series of early exits from main tour events, he reached the final of Event 3 of the Players Tour Championship, winning six matches including a 4–3 win over Mark Selby in the semi-final, where he came back from 1–3 down. In the final he lost 0–4 to Tom Ford. Lisowski qualified for 2011 German Masters, 2011 Welsh Open and 2011 Players Tour Championship Grand Finals.[7] At the end of season he climbed to 52nd in the world ranking in his first professional season, the highest of any of the debutants.[8] Lisowski was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award at the World Snooker Annual Award Ceremony.[9]

2011/2012 seasonEdit

Jack Lisowski in 2011

Lisowski had a very good season in the Players Tour Championship series of tournaments in the 2011/2012 season. He reached the quarter-finals of Event 6 and Event 9 and went one better in Event 5, where he was knocked out in the last 4 against compatriot, and eventual winner, Andrew Higginson. The results ensured he finished 24th in the Order of Merit and therefore claimed the final spot for the 2012 Finals.[10] He beat Barry Hawkins 4–3 to reach the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time in the Finals, before losing 1–4 to Neil Robertson.[11]

Lisowski also qualified for the Shanghai Masters with wins over David Grace, Mike Dunn and Marco Fu, before defeating amateur Rouzi Maimaiti in the wildcard round.[11] He played Jamie Cope in the round and was beaten 3–5.[12] He could only win one more match in his attempts to qualify for the remaining six ranking events and finished the season ranked world number 40.[11][13]

2012/2013 seasonEdit

The 2012/2013 season was a breakthrough year for Lisowski as he qualified for five ranking tournaments, including the World Championship, and reached his second final as a professional.[14] The first tournament he reached was the Australian Goldfields Open by beating Dave Harold and he lost 2–5 to Mark Davis in the first round in Bendigo.[14] He couldn't qualify for the next two events, but then defeated Chen Zhe and Joe Perry to feature in the UK Championship for the first time. In his match against Chen, Lisowski made the first 147 in competitive play of his career.[15] In the first round of the event in York, Lisowski lost 2–6 to Stuart Bingham.[16] Lisowski beat Ian Burns and Jamie Burnett to qualify for the China Open and then saw off Zhou Yuelong to advance to the last 32. He played good friend Judd Trump and made a 131 break in 5–3 win,[17] before coming back from 2–4 down to triumph 5–4 against Mark Davis and reach his first ranking event quarter-final.[18] However, this time it was Lisowski who let a 4–2 lead slip as he lost 4–5 to Shaun Murphy, with Murphy stating that snooker had seen the future with Lisowski's performances during the week.[19]

Lisowski played in nine minor-ranking Players Tour Championship events during the season and reached the final in the first one, by seeing off Trump in the quarter-finals and Mark Williams in the semis.[14] The final against Stephen Maguire went to a deciding frame with Lisowski missing a yellow off the spot, when requiring two further pots to leave his opponent needing snookers, and after a brief safety exchange Maguire potted the remaining colours to win the title.[20] In the other PTC events his best results were three last 16 defeats which helped cement his place in the Finals by finishing 13th on the Order of Merit.[21] There, he beat world number two Mark Selby 4–3 in the first round, before losing to Tom Ford in another deciding frame in the second round.[14] In World Championship Qualifying, he had comfortable 10–4 wins over James Wattana and Fergal O'Brien to reach the Crucible for the first time, where he played Barry Hawkins.[22] The experience and composure of Hawkins told as he took the match 10–3, with Lisowski citing the intimate nature of playing at the Crucible, which affected his concentration, as a factor in the one-sided scoreline.[23] He climbed five place in the rankings during the season to finish it world number 35 which is his highest position to date.[24]

2013/2014 seasonEdit

Jack Lisowski at the 2014 German Masters

Lisowski began the 2013/2014 season by qualifying for the 2013 Wuxi Classic where he whitewashed Tian Pengfei 5–0 in the first round, before being narrowly beaten 5–4 by Mark Williams in the second.[25][26] At the European Tour event, the Antwerp Open, Lisowski won five matches to advance to the semi-finals where he lost 4–2 to Mark Selby. He therefore entered the UK Championship in good form and looked to be progressing into the second round as he led Michael Leslie 4–0. However, Lisowski conceded six frames in a row to be beaten by the world number 94 in a performance he described as rubbish.[27] Alan McManus beat him 5–2 in the second round of the German Masters, but Lisowski then dropped just one frame in winning two matches to reach the third round of the Welsh Open.[25] Lisowski built a 3–1 advantage over Barry Hawkins, before last year's World Championship runner-up made a century and two breaks over 50 to eliminate him 4–3.[28] Lisowski also qualified for the China Open, but lost 5–3 against Dominic Dale in the first round.[25]

2014/2015 seasonEdit

Lisowski won three matches to qualify for the Australian Goldfields Open, but lost 5–0 in an hour to Shaun Murphy in the first round.[29] He defeated Lu Chenwei 5–2 in the Wuxi Classic and was then knocked out 5–2 by Zhao Xintong. Lisowski won a trio of matches for the second time this season to reach the Shanghai Masters where Ding Junhui eliminated him 5–1 in the opening round.[30] After Lisowski beat Chris Melling 6–1 at the UK Championship he said that he was hoping to rediscover his confidence after having a quiet start to the year. He also revealed that he had turned to fellow player Robert Milkins for some guidance on his game.[31] Lisowski raced into a 4–0 lead against practice partner Liang Wenbo in the second round and hung on to progress 6–4.[32] Following his 6–4 loss to Murphy in the third round, Lisowski said that he was still adjusting to playing in the atmosphere of major events.[33] He was beaten 4–3 in the first round of the Welsh Open and came from 4–2 down to defeat Alan McManus 5–4 in the China Open.[34] Lisowski lost in the last 32 of a ranking event for the fifth time this season with a 5–0 defeat to Dechawat Poomjaeng.[30] His ranking dropped 11 spots during the year to finish it 53rd in the world.[35]

2015/2016 seasonEdit

Lisowski started the season with a trio of qualifying wins for the second year in a row to reach the Australian Goldfields Open and, just like last year, he was whitewashed 5–0 in the first round this time by Judd Trump.[36] After beating Ali Carter 6–5 at the International Championship, he lost 6–3 to Marco Fu in the second round.[37] Lisowski knocked out Zak Surety and Graeme Dott at the UK Championship, but bemoaned the fact that he could not translate that form to the main arena in the third round as he lost 6–4 to David Grace.[38] He was narrowly defeated 4–3 in the second round of the Welsh Open to Martin Gould. An impressive 5–1 victory over Michael White saw Lisowski progress to the second round of the China Open, where he lost 5–2 to Stephen Maguire.[39] Lisowski was beaten 10–7 by David Gilbert in the final World Championship qualifying round.[36] His ranking increased by 14 spots over the course of the season to end it at 39th in the world.[40]

2016/2017 seasonEdit

Lisowski progressed through to the last 16 of the Northern Ireland Open by defeating David Lilley 4–3, John Astley 4–1 and Joe Perry 4–3, but was thrashed 4–0 by Barry Hawkins. At the Gibraltar Open he beat Mark King 4–2, Anthony Hamilton 4–0 and Mark Allen 4–1 (whilst making the tournament's high break of 145) to reach his second career ranking event quarter-final which he lost 4–1 to Judd Trump.[41]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2008, aged 16, Lisowski was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.[42]

Lisowski married his American girlfriend, Jamie Livingston, in Cheltenham, England, on 23 February 2015.[43]

During an interview with Eurosport's commentator Przemek Kruk, Lisowski was asked about the origins of his surname, he replied: "Obviously living in England and having the surname 'Lisowski' makes me stand out as it's definitely not an English name. People often struggle to pronounce it and it's usually a good conversation starter. My granddad was Ukrainian, although I'm regularly told that it's a Polish name. One day I definitely want to look into it and find out for sure where some of my roots lie."[44]

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournaments 2010/
Rankings[45][nb 1] [nb 2] 52 40 35 42 53 39 54 26 11
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 3] Tournament Not Held Minor-Rank. 2R 3R F 3R
International Championship Not Held LQ 1R LQ 2R LQ 3R SF 1R
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR LQ 2R 2R
English Open Tournament Not Held 1R QF 3R 3R
World Open[nb 4] LQ LQ LQ LQ Not Held LQ 1R QF 3R
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 4R 2R 3R 1R
UK Championship LQ LQ 1R 1R 3R 3R 1R 2R 4R
Scottish Open Not Held MR Not Held 1R 1R 2R
European Masters Tournament Not Held LQ 3R QF
German Masters 1R LQ LQ 2R LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR DNQ DNQ 2R 1R
Welsh Open 1R LQ LQ 3R 1R 2R 1R 3R 4R
Shoot-Out Non-Ranking Event 4R 1R A
Players Championship[nb 5] 1R 2R 2R DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ QF
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR QF 4R 2R
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ
China Open LQ LQ QF 1R 2R 2R LQ QF F
World Championship LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R 1R
Non-Ranking Tournaments
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event Ranking Event A
Shanghai Masters Ranking Event A QF
The Masters A A A A A A A A 1R
Championship League A A A A A A A A F RR
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic Non-Ranking LQ 2R 2R Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open NH LQ 1R A 1R 1R Not Held
Shanghai Masters LQ 1R LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ SF Non-Rank.
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event 3R 2R QF NR
Indian Open Not Held LQ LQ NH 1R 1R 1R NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Shoot-Out A 1R 3R 1R 1R 3R Ranking Event
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. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  4. ^ The event was called the World Open (2010/2011) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
  5. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)

Career finalsEdit

Ranking finals: 2 (2 runners-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2018 Riga Masters   Neil Robertson 2–5
Runner-up 2. 2019 China Open   Neil Robertson 4–11

Minor-ranking finals: 2 (2 runners-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2010 Players Tour Championship – Event 3   Tom Ford 0–4
Runner-up 2. 2012 Players Tour Championship – Event 1   Stephen Maguire 3–4

Non-ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2019 Championship League   Martin Gould 1–3

Amateur finals: 5 (3 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2007 Junior Pot Black   Mitchell Mann 0–1
Runner-up 2. 2009 PIOS – Event 7   Xiao Guodong 0–6
Winner 1. 2009 PIOS – Event 1   Liam Highfield 6–5
Winner 2. 2010 English Amateur Championship   Leo Fernandez 9–2
Winner 3. 2010 PIOS – Event 8   Justin Astley 6–1


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