Graeme Dott is a player who rarely finds himself in the limelight, but has shown that he has the ability and patience to beat the very best and has really come to the fore at a number of World Championships. Dott turned professional in 1994 and slowly made his way up the rankings to the top 16 by 2001.
Although a consistent player on the tour, Dott had not really been seen as one of the big hitters. Prior to the 2006 World Championship he had reached 4 finals in his career (including a World Championship final appearance in 2004), but lost them all. However, in 2006, Dott reached his second World final and despite comebacks from Peter Ebdon and Neil Robertson along the way, he overcame their challenges to become a relatively surprise winner of the tournament, proving his ability to hold his nerve in the longer formats.
Following this win he looked on course to remain at the top of Snooker, winning the China Open the very next season, but that would prove to be the last victory of his career to this point. After a period of poor results, Graeme dropped out of the top 16 in the world, but clawed his way back in with another impressive run to the final of the World Championship in 2010, where he would be beaten by Neil Robertson.
Dott’s 2012/13 has been a mixed bag, suffering last 16 defeats in the UK Championship, the German Masters, the Welsh Open, the World Open and the China Open, while he did record quarter-final finishes at both the Wuxi Classic and the Shanghai Masters and a semi-final at the Masters.
That Dott remains in the top 16 in the world despite unspectacular form over recent years is a testament to his ability to compete in some of the biggest tournaments. Although he may not be the most familiar face on the tour, Graeme Dott has surprised the Snooker world on multiple occasions in the past and few would dare to bet against him doing it again.
Nickname: The Pocket Dynamo
Date of Birth: 12.05.1977
Lives: Larkhall, Glasgow
Professional Since: 1994
Current World Ranking: 12
Highest Tournament Break: 147 – British Open (1999)
Ranking Tournament Wins: World Snooker Championship (2006), China Open (2007)