A player who many expected to be a world champion and holding an exceptionally high ranking at this point in his career, Ryan Day has dropped back down the rankings after a fantastic run of form took him close to the pinnacle of the sport. Turning professional in 1999, Ryan performed very solidly on the tour and rose up the rankings slowly in the middle of the 2000’s.
In 2007 he reached his first ranking final at the Malta Cup and although he was to lose to Shaun Murphy, his performance there, and his form prior to it saw him rise into the world’s top 16 players. His 2007/08 and 2008/09 seasons were almost identical to one another. He was defeated in the final of ranking tournaments (Shanghai Masters in 07/08 Grand Prix in 08/09) and reached the quarter finals of the World Championships twice in a row. These impressive results, plus general solid form saw him rise to number 6 in the world and it seemed inevitable he would win ranking events and remain at the top of Snooker for a long time.
However, Day’s form was to desert him as over the next three years he has failed to do better than reach two quarter finals, and having dropped out of the top 16 has failed to qualify for a number of events, let alone be a contender within them.
Day”s 2012/13 season personified his drop in form and slide down the rankings. He failed to qualify for six ranking events and even in those that he did, he lost out in either the first or second rounds respectively. Whilst he still has time on his side, Ryan’s future looks considerably less bright now than it did a few years ago when it appeared he may be a leading player for a long time.
His run of 3 finals in 2 years may feel like a long time ago now, but he undoubtedly has the ability to bounce back and compete at an elite level, the only question is whether he will be able to find this form again having struggled for a long time now.
Date of Birth: 23.03.1980
Lives: Pontycymmer, Wales
Professional Since: 1999
Current World Ranking: 31
Highest Tournament Break: 145 – World Championship (2004)