English Open 2017

Player Details

Jamie Jones

D.O.B. 14 Feb 1988

 

Lives Neath

 

Turned Pro 2006

 

Best Ranking Performance Quarter-finals, 2012 World Championship. Runner-up, PTC5, 2010

 

Money list earnings 2012/13 + 2013/14: £61,366

 

Highest Tournament Break 143

 

Jones's best results of the 2013/14 season came in European Tour events. His highlight came at the Kay Suzanne Memorial Cup in Gloucester as he reached the semi-finals before losing 4-3 to Judd Trump. But he struggled for wins in the main ranking events and finished the season at 55th in the world.

 

In the 2012 World Championship, Jones edged out Andy Hicks 10-9, then scored a thumping 10-2 win over Ricky Walden to earn a trip to the Crucible for the first time. He was handed a tough draw against 2005 World Champion Shaun Murphy, but Jones played brilliantly to win 10-8.

 

"I've never felt pressure like that in my life," he said. "I knew if I scored well then I could win. I was just happy to be here, I just went out there to enjoy it and enjoy the experience. To come out a winner is fantastic."

 

Jones, whose hairstyle earned him the nickname 'the Cimla Quiff', kept his run going with a 13-10 victory over Andrew Higginson, pulling away from 10-10 to win the last three frames, to reach the quarter-finals of a full ranking event for the first time in his career. And he then battled Ali Carter all the way before losing 13-11.

 

Carter was full of praise for his opponent, saying: "What an incredible performance [from Jamie] to get through to a quarter-final and make so many century breaks, he's an awesome player, gutsy as you like."

 

Jones added simply: "It has been the best experience of my life. I've played well, I can only learn from this and I'll be back."

 

In 2010, Jones reached the final of the fifth Players Tour Championship event in Sheffield. He beat the likes of Martin Gould and Ricky Walden before losing 4-1 to Ding Junhui.

 

Touted as a potential successor to Welsh stars Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens, Jones has a string of amateur and junior titles behind him, including the Welsh Under-21 and European Under-19 in 2004.

 

In 2002 he was selected by the Swansea Evening Post to appear at the Brangwyn Hall to play Ronnie O'Sullivan in an exhibition frame as a prelude to the Premier League. He upstaged the Rocket by clearing the table with a frame winning break of 69. When the TV coverage was shown in Australia, one fan was so enthusiastic he wrote to ask Jones for his autograph.

 

Away from snooker, he enjoys keeping fit and has a daughter called Pippa.