One of the most experienced and recognisable faces on the tour, Peter Ebdon remains a force to be reckoned with after 20 years as a professional. Having turned professional in 1991, Ebdon gave the world a sign of things to come by reaching the 1992 World Championship quarter-finals.
Although he would lose to Terry Griffiths, he gave a demonstration of his immense talent that would be seen in the future. He did not have to wait long for his first ranking title, beating Ken Doherty in the 1993 Grand Prix. Over the next three years, he reached a further four finals, but would come runner up in each, including a run to the 1996 World Championship decider, where he lost to Stephen Hendry.
He would, though, add three more ranking titles to his collection before 2002, where he got revenge on Hendry in their second World final, winning a last frame decider after a tense and thrilling game. He would defeat Hendry again in the 2006 UK Championship final, as well as losing the World final to Graeme Dott the same year. Despite these achievements Ebdon’s form has since been inconsistent.
Sometimes still spectacular, Ebdon has won the China Open in 2009 and 2012 but at times it has also been poor, seeing him finish 98th on the 2011-12 PTC Order of Merit.
Ebdon’s 2012/13 season has been poor, with the Englishmen unable to progress past the first round of any major tournaments. His year hit a low point as controversy struck during his match with Ding Junhui at the Australian Open, with claims that he was taking an average of 32 seconds per shot affecting the reputation of one of Snooker’s gentlemen.
Although he has slipped out of the top 16 in the world, few would bet against him climbing back in, even at this stage of his career. As mentally strong as they come, Ebdon has shown focus and determination and has proven so often to be a dangerous player to come up against in a tournament.
In winning the China Open so recently it is clear that Peter’s talent is still very much alive, and whilst his most consistently spectacular days may never be matched, he may well have a few more deep tournament runs left in him.
Nickname: The Ebdonator
Date of Birth: 27.08.1970
Professional Since: 1991
Current World Ranking: 30
Highest Tournament Break: 147 – UK Championship (1992)
Ranking Tournament Wins: Grand Prix (1993), Thailand Open (1997), British Open (2000), Scottish Open (2001), World Championship (2002), Irish Masters (2004), UK Championship (2007), China Open (2009), (2012)