Talented and young, Jamie Cope’s performances near the end of the 2000’s had people looking at him as a potential multiple winner of ranking tour events and, while he is yet to fulfill his true potential, the 27-year old has age on his side and could yet surprise the world.
After a series of promising results which saw him rise in the rankings Jamie reached the final of the Grand Prix. Although he would lose to Neil Robertson, many predicted a bright future for Cope, a prediction which seemed all the more likely when he came runner-up in another ranking final a year later at the China Open.
Although he failed to reach these heights again, he remained solid and in 2010 broke the top 16 in the world, achieving a semi-final in the Masters and still looking as though he could become one of Snooker’s brightest young stars.
Cope was soon out of the top 16 again, though, as a bad 2011/12 cost him his place amongst Snooker’s elite and meant that he was required to qualify for ranking events. He struggled to do this and came close to endangering his top 32 status, with qualifying defeats to Joe Joiga, Yu Delu and Ken Doherty seeing him slip to 27 in the world.
2012/13 saw Cope’s ranking further deteriorate as, after successive last 16 finishes in the season’s first three events, he again fought a losing battle against pre-event qualifiers, ending the season ranked 38.
Despite this, we should see a lot more of Jamie Cope in the future. He remains young and his talent is undeniable.
His 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons could be forgotten about very quickly and put down to a learning experience if he is able to regain the form which saw him charge up the rankings in the first place. With increasing levels of competition in Snooker Jamie will have to dust himself down and carry on quickly, but if he is able to then we could see him taking part in more ranking finals, and winning plenty as well.
Nickname: The Shotgun
Date of Birth: 12.09.1985
Lives: Longton, Stoke-on-Trent
Professional Since: 2001
Current World Ranking: 38
Highest Tournament Break: 147 – Grand Prix (2006), Shanghai Masters (2008)