A real battler, Ali Carter has had a long and solid career and in recent years began to really apply his talent on the biggest stages. In 1996 Ali turned professional at the age of 17 and in 1999 showed the first signs of his potential by reaching the semi finals of the Grand Prix tournament. He then qualified for the Maters and knocked out Steve Davis in 2000, leading many to believe that Ali’s time at the top of the game was just around the corner.
However, this was not to prove the case. Although he qualified for a number of quarter finals and played consistently well he found another semi-final run and a spot in the world’s top 16 elusive. The second of these goals was achieved by a quarter-final run in the 2007 World Championships and at the same tournament a year later and although he lost to Ronnie O’Sullivan this demonstrated his ability to perform with the best in the game and in 2009 he won his first ranking event at the Welsh Open. Continuing this rich vein of form he reached the final of the same tournament the very next year, and although he lost he would win his second title at the Shanghai Masters. A dip in form then followed, but this was arrested in the 2012 World Championship where he reached the final for a second time, again losing to O’Sullivan.
Ali started the 2012/13 season poorly, suffering successive first round exits at the Wuxi Classic and the Australian Open respectively. Like he has done throughout his career, though, The Captain, picked himself up and, after reaching the quarter-finals of Shanghai Masters and the semi-finals of the UK Championship, registered his first trophy victory since winning the former in 2010/11.
In 2003, Ali was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and it is impossible to imagine how different his career may have been without it. Whether he could have won more titles is anyone’s guess, but the signs are that Ali is now going from strength to strength, rounding off 2012/13 ranked 16th in the world.
Nickname: The Captain
Date of Birth: 25.07.1979
Lives: Chelmsford, Essex
Professional Since: 1996
Current World Ranking: 16
Highest Tournament Break: 147 – World Snooker Championship (2008)
Ranking Tournament Wins: Welsh Open (2009), Shanghai Masters (2010), German Masters (2013)
Official Twitter: @TheCaptain147