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Zak Surety (born 4 October 1991) is an English former professional snooker player. He practises frequently with Stuart Bingham and Allan Taylor.[3]

Zak Surety
Zak Surety PHC 2014-1.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2014
Born (1991-10-04) 4 October 1991 (age 28)
Basildon, Essex
Sport country England
Highest ranking79 (August 2015, March 2016)[1][2]
Career winnings£21,268
Highest break133:
2015 German Masters (qualifying)
Century breaks5
Best ranking finishLast 32 (2015 China Open, 2016 European Masters)


As an amateur, Surety based in Basildon[4] entered in Players Tour Championship events from their establishment in 2010, with his best result as an amateur being a run to the last 32 stages of the 2012 UKPTC 3, with wins over Jack Lisowski and Oliver Lines in the main stages.[5] Surety also entered Q School in 2011, 2012 and 2013 in the hope of winning a main tour on place, however he was unsuccessful, but came close in the second event in 2013, losing 4–1 to Ryan Clark in final stage.[6] His Q School performances however won him a top up place in four professional ranking events in 2013/2014, but he failed to qualify for all four,[7] winning only one match,[7] 5–4 over Patrick Einsle in the 2013 Australian Goldfields Open.[7][8][9]

In April 2014, Surety won a place on the professional World Snooker Tour for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons after coming through the EBSA Amateur Cup play-offs with wins over Michael Tomlinson and Michael Georgiou, both 4–1.[10][11]

Debut seasonEdit

Surety lost his first five matches as a professional, before beating Mark King 6–3 to qualify for the International Championship where David Gilbert defeated him 6–4 in the first round.[12] He was knocked out in the first round of the UK Championship and Welsh Open by Michael Holt and Graeme Dott respectively but qualified for the China Open by seeing off Li Hang 5–4. Surety won three frames in a row to beat Joe Swail 5–4 to reach the last 32 of a ranking event for the first time and quickly raced into a 4–1 lead over Robert Milkins.[13] Milkins cut the gap to 4–3, before Surety saw his best chance to win come in the next frame when he opened it with a 65 break, but he went on to lose it and the match in a deciding frame. Milkins apologised to Surety for his behaviour during the match afterwards.[14] Surety's debut campaign ended with a 10–8 defeat to Zhou Yuelong in the first round of World Championship qualifying, which saw him placed 97th in the world rankings.[12][15]

2015/2016 seasonEdit

All players on the snooker tour receive entry to the first round of the UK Championship and Welsh Open and these were the only events Surety could reach in the 2015/2016 season. He lost 6–4 to Jack Lisowski in the first round of the UK and 4–1 to Joe Swail in the first round of the Welsh.[16] Surety dropped off the tour after being unable to break into the top 64 in the world rankings during his two year stay and he entered Q School in an attempt to win his place back.[17] In the second event he lost 4–1 in the final round to David John, but he would gain entry in to some events next season as a top-up player due to his high Q School Order of Merit ranking.[16]

2016/2017 seasonEdit

4–2 and 4–1 victories over Kyren Wilson and Antony Parsons saw Surety qualify for the European Masters and he was knocked out 4–1 by Liang Wenbo in the first round. He reached the second round of the Northern Ireland Open by beating Darryl Hill 4–3, but lost 4–2 to Hossein Vafaei. Surety dropped off the tour at the end of the year after failing to progress through Q School.[18]

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 2010/
Ranking[19][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] 97 [nb 2]
Ranking Tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 4] Tournament Not Held Minor-Rank. LQ
Indian Open Not Held LQ LQ NH A
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event LQ
Shanghai Masters A A A A LQ LQ LQ
European Masters Tournament Not Held 1R
English Open Tournament Not Held 1R
International Championship Not Held A A 1R LQ A
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 1R
UK Championship A A A A 1R 1R A
German Masters A A A LQ LQ LQ LQ
Welsh Open A A A A 1R 1R A
Shoot-Out Non-Ranking Event 1R
Players Championship[nb 5] DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
China Open A A A A 2R LQ A
World Championship A A A A LQ LQ A
Former Ranking Tournaments
Australian Goldfields Open A A A LQ LQ LQ NH
Wuxi Classic Non Ranking A LQ LQ Not Held
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 don't have a ranking.
  4. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  5. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2015/2016)


  1. ^ "WORLD RANKINGS After 2015 The Paul Hunter Classic". World Snooker. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  2. ^ "WORLD RANKINGS After 2016 Gdynia Open (Event 6 of the Kreativ Dental Clinic European Tour)". World Snooker. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Zak Surety Q&A". World Snooker. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Zak Surety". World Snooker. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  5. ^ "UK Players Tour Championship 3 (2012)". Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Zak Surety". Pro Snooker Blog. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "Zak Surety – Season 2013/2014". CueTracker – Snooker Database. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Australian Goldfields Open 2013 qualifiers results". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Australian Goldfields Open Qualifiers (2013)". Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  10. ^ "EBSA Qualifying Tour Play-offs (2014)". Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Glover, Hallworth And Surety Earn Cards". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Zak Surety 2014/2015". Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Joe Swail beaten by Zak Surety in China Open". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Ding Finding Form in Beijing". World Snooker. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  15. ^ "World Rankings After 2015 World Championship". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 7 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  16. ^ a b "Zak Surety 2015/2016". Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  17. ^ "Q School Order of Merit". World Snooker. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  18. ^ "Zak Surety 2016/2017". Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Ranking History". Retrieved 6 February 2011.

External linksEdit

  • Zak Surety at CueTracker: Snooker Results & Statistics Database