Sydney Wilson

Sydney Wilson (born 6 April 1990 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex) is an English former professional snooker player.

Sydney Wilson
Sydney Wilson PHC 2013-3.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2013
Born (1990-04-06) 6 April 1990 (age 30)
Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Sport country England
Highest ranking80 (June 2016)[1]
Career winnings£19,735
Highest break118:
2012 Q School – Event 2
Century breaks5
Best ranking finishLast 64 (x4)


Wilson began playing snooker at the age of three with his father teaching him the basics of the game. He later took lessons from Vic Harris, a former professional player. As a teenager, he beat most of the best players in his class and won several junior tournaments.[2] At 15, he began playing in the Pontin's International Open Series. He participated for five seasons with his best finish being a second round defeat in 2009. Due to a lack of financial opportunities he had to sell his own snooker table and could not afford to practice full-time.[3] In 2011 he played in Q School for the first time, but could not get beyond the third round.[4] In the 2011–12 season he took part in seven of the twelve tournaments in the Players Tour Championship.[5]

The following year he won a match in the main rounds of a PTC for the first time with a 4–2 success over Gerard Greene in the first event in Gloucester. Wilson was knocked out 4–3 by Dave Harold in the second round. In Q School, he lost in the fourth round in the second and third events.[6] His high Q School Order of Merit placing gave him entry into many ranking event qualifiers for the 2013–14 season, but he was unable to win a match.[7] Wilson made his debut at the venue stage of a ranking event at the 2014 Welsh Open and he led world number 11 Mark Allen 3–0 and made a break of 54 in the fourth frame. However, Allen responded by winning four successive frames to edge it 4–3, with Wilson stating afterwards that a kick in the fourth frame had ruined his chance of winning.[8] He came within two wins of securing a professional tour card in the first event of Q School, but lost 4–3 to Duane Jones.[7]

Wilson's only win during the 2014–15 season came at the 2015 German Masters when he defeated Anthony Hamilton 5–3, before losing by a reverse of this scoreline to Ryan Day.[9] In the second round of the first event of Q School he defeated ex-professional Marcus Campbell. Wilson won three more matches to reach the final round and beat Chen Zhe 4–1 to seal his professional status for the first time. He has a two-year tour card starting with the 2015–16 season, with Wilson stating that his goal is to remain on tour.[10] He won his first match on tour by beating Oliver Brown 5–2 in the first round of the 2015 Australian Goldfields Open qualifiers, before losing 5–2 to Jack Lisowski.[11] At the UK Championship Wilson won a ranking event match at the venue stage for the first time in his career by seeing off Michael White, who at world number 15 was ranked 100 places higher than Wilson.[12] He lost 6–2 to Mark Joyce in the subsequent round.[13] In the German Masters qualifiers, Mike Dunn edged past Wilson 5–4 and by 86–79 points on the final black. Wilson defeated Gerard Greene 4–3 at the Welsh Open, but lost 4–1 to Matthew Selt in the second round.[11]

Wilson opened the 2016–17 season with 11 straight defeats, before beating Dechawat Poomjaeng 4–2 at the Scottish Open. He was defeated 4–1 by Liang Wenbo in the second round. Wilson recorded a 10–6 victory over Kurt Maflin in the first round of World Championship qualifying, before losing 10–7 to Rory McLeod and was relegated from the tour after not getting past the third round of both Q School events.[14]

Wilson has practiced in Stepfield Snooker Club in Witham, where two-time World Championship runner-up Ali Carter plays.[15]

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 2011/
Ranking[16][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] 101 [nb 2]
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 4] Not Held Minor-Rank. LQ A
International Championship NH A A LQ LQ LQ A
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR A
English Open Tournament Not Held 1R A
World Open[nb 5] A A LQ NH LQ A
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 1R A
UK Championship A A A A 2R 1R A
Scottish Open NH MR Not Held 2R A
European Masters Tournament Not Held LQ A
German Masters A A LQ LQ LQ LQ A
World Grand Prix Not Held NR DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open A A 1R 1R 2R 1R A
Shoot-Out Non-Ranking Event 1R A
Players Championship[nb 6] DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 1R A
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ
World Championship A A LQ LQ LQ LQ WD
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic NR A LQ LQ Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open A A LQ LQ LQ Not Held
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event 1R NR
Shanghai Masters A A LQ LQ LQ LQ NR
Indian Open Not Held LQ LQ NH LQ NH
China Open A A LQ LQ LQ LQ 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.
  1. ^ It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b c d e He was an amateur.
  3. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  4. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  5. ^ The event was called the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
  6. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Finals (2011/2012–2015/2016)


  1. ^ "WORLD RANKINGS After 2016 Kaspersky Riga Masters". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 1 July 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Sydney Wilson (9 August 2012). "Sydney Wilson snooker player – About". Blogspot. Archived from the original on 21 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Thought I would introduce myself..." Snooker Island. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Sydney Wilson 2010/2011". Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Sydney Wilson 2011/2012". Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Sydney Wilson 2012/2013". Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Sydney Wilson 2013/2014". Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Welsh Open: Mark Allen scrapes past amateur; Mark Selby and John Higgins hit form". Sky Sports. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Sydney Wilson 2014/2015". Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Quartet Earn Tour Cards". World Snooker. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Sydney Wilson 2015/2016". Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Sydney Wilson stuns seeded Michael White at the UK Snooker Championships". Basildon Canvey Southend Echo. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Selby Wins But Missed 147 Chance". World Snooker. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  14. ^ "Sydney Wilson 2016/2017". Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  15. ^ James Colasanti (6 May 2014). "Wilson and Causton dream of World Snooker spot". Sport in Essex. Retrieved 19 May 2015.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Ranking History". Retrieved 6 February 2011.

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