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Tom Ford (snooker player)

Tom Ford (born 17 August 1983) is an English professional snooker player from the Midlands. Ford reached the final of the 2016 Paul Hunter Classic, before losing the final 2–4 to Mark Selby. He also reached the semi-final of both the 2018 UK Championship, and the 2019 English Open.

Tom Ford
Tom Ford PHC 2016-1.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2016
Born (1983-08-17) 17 August 1983 (age 36)
Glen Parva, England
Sport country England
Professional2001/2002, 2003–
Highest ranking21 (August 2013)[1]
Current ranking 25 (as of 4 November 2019[needs update])
Career winnings£737,648
Highest break147 (5 times)
Century breaks213
Best ranking finishRunner-up (2016 Paul Hunter Classic)
Tournament wins

As a prolific break builder, Ford was the ninth player to compile five maximum breaks in competitive play, and over 200 century breaks.


Early yearsEdit

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,[2] 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 4–10.


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 while working with Sports mentor Matt Andrews.[3] 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 5–9.[4] Ford did not qualify for the final stages of any other ranking event for the season after losing 8–10 to Liu Chuang in Round 4 of qualifying for the World Championship.[5]


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.[6] 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.[7] Ford won his second PTC title at Event 11 in December by defeating Martin Gould 4–3.[8] He finished twelfth in the Order of Merit to qualify for the 2012 Finals,[9] where he lost to Mark Davis 1–4 in the last 24.[10] 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.[11] 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.[10] 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.[12] Ford finished the season ranked world number 26, meaning he had risen eight places during the year.[13]


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.[14] 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.[15] His best result came in the Third Event, where he lost 3–4 in the semi-finals to Stuart Bingham.[14] Ford finished sixth on the Asian Order of Merit, inside the top eight who qualified for the Finals.[16] 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.[14] 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.[17] Ford ended the season ranked world number 24.[18]


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 3–5 to Robert Milkins.[19] 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.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]


Ford qualified for the Australian Goldfields Open for the fourth year in a row and lost 3–5 to John Higgins in the first round.[22] 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.[23] Ford was beaten 3–6 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 3–4 defeat to Joe Perry.[22] 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 8–10.[24] Ford ended up 59th in the world rankings, a drop of 27 places during the year.[25]


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 1–4.[26] He defeated Scott Donaldson 6–1 and then beat Mark Williams for the first time by recovering from 3–5 down to win 6–5.[27] 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 5–6 having been 5–3 up.[28][29] 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.[30] 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.[31]


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.[32] 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.[33] At the English Open he beat Rory McLeod, Marco Fu and Joe Swail all by 4–2 scorelines, before losing 1–4 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.[34] He saw off Mark King 5–2, but then lost 2–5 to Ali Carter in the quarter-finals.[32] Ford qualified for his third World Championship courtesy of victories over Jamie Bodle, Chris Wakelin and Hossein Vafaei.[35] From holding a narrow 2–1 advantage over Barry Hawkins in the first round, Ford was eliminated 3–10.[36]




Ford made the first two 147s of the seasonn, the first coming in the deciding frame of his match against Shaun Murphy in the last 16 of the English Open.

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 2000/
Ranking[37][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 2] [nb 3] 74 51 44 50 48 49 41 34 26 24 32 59 43 33 32 27
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 4] Tournament Not Held MR 1R 1R LQ 2R
International Championship Tournament Not Held LQ LQ LQ 1R 2R 2R 2R QF
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR 3R 2R 1R
English Open Tournament Not Held 4R 2R 1R SF
World Open[nb 5] A LQ A LQ LQ 1R RR RR LQ LQ LQ 2R LQ 1R Not Held 2R 1R 1R LQ
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 2R 2R 3R 1R
UK Championship A LQ A LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 4R 1R 2R SF
Scottish Open[nb 6] A LQ A LQ Tournament Not Held MR Not Held 1R 4R 1R
European Masters[nb 7] NH LQ A LQ QF LQ 2R NR Tournament Not Held 2R LQ LQ
German Masters Tournament Not Held LQ 1R LQ 1R LQ A QF 1R LQ
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR 2R 1R DNQ 2R
Welsh Open A LQ A LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held Variant Format Event 1R 4R 2R
Players Championship[nb 8] Tournament Not Held 1R 1R SF DNQ DNQ 1R DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 2R 2R 2R
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Haining Open Tournament Not Held MR 4R F A A
The Masters A LQ LQ LQ A LQ LQ LQ A WD A A A A A A A A A
Championship League Tournament Not Held A A A A RR RR RR A A A RR RR
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship[nb 9] Tournament Not Held 1R A A NH 2R A A A A RR QF 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-Rank. 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 Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open Tournament Not Held 2R 2R QF 1R LQ Not Held
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ 1R LQ 1R Non-Rank.
Paul Hunter Classic[nb 11] Tournament Not Held Pro-am Event Minor-Ranking Event F 4R 3R NR
Indian Open Tournament Not Held 2R 1R NH LQ 1R 1R NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Masters Qualifying Event[nb 12] A LQ LQ LQ NH 1R 2R 1R A 1R Tournament Not Held
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held 2R SF 1R 2R 3R 2R 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.
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.
  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b He was not on the Main Tour.
  3. ^ a b New players don't have a ranking.
  4. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ The event was called the Players Championship (2003/2004)
  7. ^ The event was called the Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
  8. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  9. ^ The event was called the Six-red Snooker International (2008/2009) and the Six-red World Grand Prix (2009/2010)
  10. ^ The event ran under the name Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
  11. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2005/2006–2006/2007)
  12. ^ The event was called the Benson & Hedges Championship (2000/2001–2002/2003)

Career finalsEdit

Ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2016 Paul Hunter Classic   Mark Selby 2–4

Minor-ranking finals: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

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   Barry Hawkins 1–4

Non-ranking finals: 2 (2 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2003 Challenge Tour Event 1   Chris Melling 2–6
Runner-up 2. 2017 Haining Open   Mark Selby 1–5

Pro-am finals: 1 (1 title)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2007 Austrian Open   Stephen Lee 5–4


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  30. ^ "Tom Ford 2015/2016". Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  31. ^ "Historic Seedings After 2016 World Championship". Retrieved 11 March 2018.
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  34. ^ "Leicester's Tom Ford hits maximum 147 break against Peter Ebdon at German Masters snooker". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 13 April 2017.[dead link]
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