David Grace (snooker player)

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David Grace
File:David Grace PHC 2012-2.jpg
David Grace, 2012
Born (1985-05-05) 5 May 1985 (age 33)
Leeds, England
Sport country  England
Nickname Amazing Grace
Professional 2008/2009, 2011–
Highest ranking 60 (April 2016–present)
Current ranking 60 (as of 2 May 2016)
Highest break 139 (2011 PTC3)
Century breaks 28[1]
Best ranking finish Semi-final (2015 UK Championship)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking 6
David Grace
Medal record
Representing  United Kingdom
Men's Snooker
World Games
Silver medal – second place 2009 Kaohsiung Individual

David Grace (born 5 May 1985) is an English professional snooker player and painter.[2] After being a successful junior and amateur player, notably winning the English Amateur Championship in 2005 and 2008, he became a professional in 2008, gaining his place by winning the 2008 European Snooker Championships, where he beat Craig Steadman in the final.

In 2009, Grace took part in the men's singles snooker competition at the World Games in Kaohsiung, finishing as the runner-up in this event, winning the silver medal. He entered the 2015 UK Championship as the world number 81, but progressed through to his first ranking event semi-final which he lost 6–4 to Liang Wenbo.

Career

2011/2012 season

As a new player on the tour Grace would need to win four qualifying matches in order to reach the main draw of the ranking events. He failed to win more than one match in each of his first six attempts to do this until he played in the qualifying for the China Open.[3] There he beat Daniel Wells, Barry Pinches and Matthew Selt, before losing in the final round 4–5 to Tom Ford.[4]

Grace played in all 12 of the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship events throughout the season, with his best finishes coming in Event 10 and Event 12, where he reached the last 16. He was ranked 63rd in the PTC Order of Merit.[5] Grace ended the season ranked world number 77 and would ordinarily be relegated from the snooker tour as he did not finish in the top 64 who retain their places.[6] However, due to his performances in the PTC events he earned his place for the 2012/2013 season.[5]

2012/2013 season

Grace reached the final round of qualifying for the 2012 Shanghai Masters after seeing off Michael Leslie, Li Yan and Xiao Guodong, but was edged out 4–5 by former world champion Peter Ebdon just one match away from reaching the main stage of a ranking event for the first time.[7] He played in all ten Players Tour Championship events this season, where he enjoyed his best result in the PTC Event 1 by beating James Gillespie, Jimmy White and Gareth Allen, before losing to Jack Lisowski.[7] Grace was placed 74th on the PTC Order of Merit.[8] His season ended when he was beaten 9–10 by Craig Steadman in the first round of World Championship Qualifying.[9] Grace fell 11 places in the rankings during the year to finish it world number 88.[10]

2013/2014 season

Grace went one better than last season in the qualifying rounds of the 2013 Shanghai Masters by winning four matches, concluding with a 5–2 victory over Tom Ford, to reach the main stage of a ranking event for the first time in his career where he was whitewashed 5–0 by Barry Hawkins.[11] He lost his first match in all eight remaining ranking events after this.[11] Grace also had his best form in the early part of the season in the European Tour events by reaching the last 16 of the second event, the Rotterdam Open, where he was beaten 4–1 by Mark Davis.[11] This helped him to finish 53rd on the Order of Merit, which saw Grace earn a fresh two-year place on the tour for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons.[12]

2014/2015 season

At the minor-ranking Yixing Open, Grace won three matches to reach the last 16 where he was whitewashed 4–0 by Ryan Day.[13] Grace qualified for the first ranking event of the 2014/2015 season, the Wuxi Classic by beating Jimmy Robertson 5–4, but he lost 5–1 to Judd Trump.[14] This last 64 appearance proved to be Grace's best result in a ranking event this year.[13]

2015/2016 season

In the qualifying rounds for the 2015 Shanghai Masters, Grace beat Joe O'Connor 5–3, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 5–2 and Cao Yupeng 5–4 to reach the final round. He faced Ali Carter and defeated him 5–3, a victory he described as the best of his career afterwards. Grace was due to play Mark Selby in the first round, but he received a bye after Selby withdrew due to family bereavement.[15][16][17] In the second round Grace was knocked out 5–1 by Mark Allen.[18] At the UK Championship, Grace defeated Andrew Higginson 6–1, Robert Milkins 6–2, Jack Lisowski 6–4 and Peter Ebdon 6–2 to reach the quarter-finals of a ranking event for the first time in his career.[19] He fell 5–1 down to Martin Gould, but remarkably won five successive frames to eliminate him 6–5.[20] In the semi-finals, Grace built a 4–2 advantage over Liang Wenbo, but saw it erased to be 5–4 behind. He then missed a simple pink in the next frame which would have taken the match to a decider, stating afterwards that he had twitched on it. Despite this, Grace earned £30,000 for his first last four showing after he had made £13,000 in the previous two seasons.[21] His form continued into the Gibraltar Open where he won four matches to meet Liang in the quarter-finals and was beaten 4–1.[18]

Personal life

Grace also works at the Northern Snooker Centre and sells his own portrait paintings of snooker players to make extra money.[16]

Performance and rankings timeline

Tournament 2008/
09
2010/
11
2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
17
Ranking[22][nb 1] UR[nb 2] UR[nb 3] UR[nb 2] 77[nb 4] 88 90[nb 5] 111 60
Ranking tournaments
Australian Goldfields Open Not Held LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Shanghai Masters LQ A LQ LQ 1R LQ 2R
International Championship Not Held LQ LQ LQ LQ
UK Championship LQ A LQ LQ 1R 1R SF
German Masters NH A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Welsh Open LQ A LQ LQ 1R 1R 1R
World Grand Prix[nb 6] LQ A LQ LQ LQ NR 1R
Players Championship Grand Final[nb 7] NH DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
China Open LQ A LQ LQ 1R LQ 1R
World Championship LQ A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters LQ A A A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Northern Ireland Trophy LQ Not Held
Bahrain Championship LQ Not Held
Wuxi Classic Non-Ranking LQ LQ 1R NH
Indian Open Not Held A LQ NH
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
  1. From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. 2.0 2.1 New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. He was an amateur.
  4. Players qualified through Players Tour Championship Order of Merit started the season without ranking points.
  5. Players qualified through European Tour Order of Merit started the season without prize money ranking points.
  6. The event was called the Grand Prix (2008/2009)
  7. The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)

Tournament wins

Amateur

  • Pontins Under-19 Championship, 2003
  • English Amateur Championship, 2005, 2008
  • Pontins Spring Open, 2008
  • EBSA European Championship, 2008
  • Yorkshire Snooker Champion, 2011

References

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  2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0396pbt
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  14. "Trump, Higgins and Robertson through at Wuxi". ESPN (UK). Retrieved 12 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  17. "Selby Withdraws Due to Family Bereavement". World Snooker. Retrieved 18 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. 18.0 18.1 "David Grace 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 18 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "David Grace ousts Peter Ebdon in York to earn life-changing windfall". Eurosport. Retrieved 16 January 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. "Amazing Grace stuns Gould to reach UK semi-finals". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 16 January 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. "David Grace misses out on UK Championship final after Liang Wenbo loss". Daily Mail. Retrieved 16 January 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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