Certainly one of the most flamboyant, charismatic and popular players in Snooker, Dominic Dale’s ranking demonstrates that he still has the ability to compete with the best. Having turned professional in 1992, Dominic was a surprise winner of the 1997 Grand Prix, where he defeated John Higgins in the final.
Over the next few years he was able to reach a number of semi-finals in events, as well as a quarter final at the 2000 World Championship but he was never able to break into the elite top 16. After a fairly unremarkable few years, Dominic would again spring a huge surprise in the first ever Shanghai Masters in 2007 by winning only the second ranking title of his career.
This, however, did not spark a revival in fortunes long term and his ranking seriously suffered for a couple of years. Dominic won a PTC event in its first year (2010) and was able to use this and other good showings in tour events in the series as a springboard back into the top 32 in the rankings.
Dale qualified for eleven ranking events during the 2012/13 season, progressing past the opening stage in just one of these, and culminating in a first round World Championship exit to Judd Trump
Although it may feel as though Dominic Dale is unlikely to go far in a tournament again, it should be remembered that the two wins he has managed have been completely out of the blue themselves. It is a testament to his character and determination that in the latter stages of his career he has battled back to a good ranking, having almost dropped out of the top 50 in the world at one point.
He has never reached the top 16 despite having two major tour titles and a PTC event win to his name but few would begrudge him of it if he was able to win a third title and/or reach that elite bracket.
Nickname: The Spaceman
Date of Birth: 29.12.1971
Lives: Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Professional Since: 1992
Current World Ranking: 23
Highest Tournament Break: 145 – UK Championship (1999)
Ranking Tournament Wins: Grand Prix (1997), Shanghai Masters (2007)