A solid and likable player, Joe Perry has been a constant on tour since 1991 and personifies his nickname ‘The Gentleman’.
Joe struggled to have an immediate on the rankings and first came to any kind of prominence at the 1999 World Championship, in which he, a first-time qualifier, Steve Davis in the first round. This propelled him up the rankings and he broke the top 16 for the first time after reached the final of the 2001 European Open, only losing to Stephen Hendry in the final.
He would drop out of the elite bracket two years later despite reaching the quarter finals of the World Championship. The very next year he again performed strongly at a televised tournament by reaching the semi-finals of the UK Championship in two consecutive years. Having qualified for the Premier League, Joe performed strongly at the 2008 World Championship where he again reached the semi-final of a prestigious televised event and only lost out to a very determined Ali Carter.
Joe’s 2012/13 season has been inconsistent at best, recording his best result at the Shanghai Masters by reaching the quarter-finals while not even qualifying for the World Championships is certainly a low point.
There can be no doubt that Joe Perry is capable of good Snooker, and with his best performances, usually coming at televised tournaments, the Barry Hearn era of Snooker should theoretically suit him down to the ground. Joe is surely now at a point in his career where he could go either way: he will either struggle to regain his form and slip further down the rankings, or he will rally and push back into the top 16 and compete at a high level again. We can only hope for his sake that it is the latter.
Nickname: The Gentleman
Date of Birth: 13.08.1974
Lives: Chatteris, Cambridgeshire
Professional Since: 1991
Current World Ranking: 20
Highest Tournament Break: 154 – World Championship (2004)