A very talented youth player, much was expected of Tom Ford when he turned professional in 2000. However, it was to take two attempts at the main tour to really make an impact. Early in his career he would signal his potential with a victory over Ken Doherty at the 2005 Malta Cup in reaching the quarter-finals.
Although he didn’t manage to really push forward in the way that some players have at a young age, Tom moved swiftly up the rankings, qualifying for a number of ranking events including the 2010 World Championship. Tom embraced the newly formed PTC events and won the third ever one, taking his first minor-ranking title in 2010 and finished 9th on the order of merit for the 2010/11 series. The following season he would take his second PTC title and finished 12th in the Order of Merit.
He also qualified for a number of ranking events, and although he did not really make any notable runs within them, this consistency saw Tom rise into the world’s top 32 for the first time.
Tom qualified for six ranking events during 2012/13, with his best showing coming at the PTC Finals, where he would record a semi-final place. His ranking also soared to a career-high, hitting 22 in the world in March and while he has dropped to 24th since, the future is certainly bright for Ford.
Still under the age of 30, his star is a rising one and just how far it goes will remain to be seen. He is clearly enjoying playing in the busier calendar and his PTC event wins might well prove to be a sign of things to come. The next few years will be key for Ford and he will want to prove he can go a long way in major ranking events and be a factor in the big tournaments.
Date of Birth: 17.08.1983
Lives: Leicester, Leicestershire
Professional Since: 2000
Current World Ranking: 24
Highest Tournament Break: 147 – Grand Prix (2007)