World Open 2017 Qualifiers
Lives: Guangzhou, China
Turned pro: 2011
- Cao lost his tour card at the end of the 2015/16 season but bounced straight back, reclaiming his place at Q School event 1 beating Joe Roberts 4-0 in the final round.
- Cao’s best career run to date was at the 2012 World Championship where he had a fine tournament, beating Mark Allen on his way to the last 16 where he was eventually knocked out by Ryan Day.
- He also had a notable run in the 2013 Wuxi Classic, where he reached the quarter-final after beating the likes of Michael White, Barry Hawkins and Ben Woollaston.
- Cao is based in Romford and is known as Eric in the UK.
- He qualified for the pro tour for the first time by winning the 2011 Asian Under-21 Championship. He beat Hossein Vafaei in the final.