Ryan Day Player Profile
|DOB: 23 Mar, 1980||Nationality: Wales||First Turned Pro: 1999|
|Highest Ranking: 6||Ranking Titles: 4||147 Breaks: 2|
SHQ Stars: ★★★★
Ryan Day first appeared on people’s radar in 1998, when as a teenager he won the Welsh Amateur Championship and finished runner-up in the IBSF World Amateur Championship.
It wasn’t until nearly a decade later that the Welshman was to make his mark on the Main Tour, however.
In 2007, Day embarked on runs to the finals of two ranking events – first at the Malta Cup and later the Shanghai Masters.
He was denied glory in both by Shaun Murphy and Dominic Dale, and a year later John Higgins inflicted another near miss on him with defeat in the 2008 Grand Prix title decider.
As the years progressed, Day’s reputation as a nearly man grew and grew.
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Between 2008 and 2012, he reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship on three occasions and achieved a career-high ranking of number six.
But despite regularly being an opponent with attacking prowess that players didn’t want to face, silverware was always out of reach.
After several seasons in which his ranking hovered just outside the top 16, Day reached the final of the 2017 World Grand Prix only to fall short again to Barry Hawkins.
Yet with renewed confidence in his game, he subsequently enjoyed a terrific 2017/18 campaign in which he finally became the last man standing.
At the season-opening Riga Masters, Day claimed his long overdue maiden ranking title with victory against Stephen Maguire in Latvia.
Then towards the end of the term, he landed back-to-back successes in the Gibraltar Open and the invitational Romanian Masters, consigning his moniker as a nearly man to the past.
Glories in the 2021 Snooker Shoot Out and the 2022 British Open ensure that he’s one of only three Welshmen to have won four or more ranking titles.
Ranking Event Victories
- 2017 Riga Masters
- 2018 Gibraltar Open
- 2021 Snooker Shoot Out
- 2022 British Open
Other Notable Victories
- Romanian Masters (2018)
- Benson & Hedges Championship (2001)
Featured photo credit: WST
Ryan Day Player Profile
SHQ Stars: How it works
|Rating||SHQ Stars||Career Requirements|
|Black||★★★★★★★||multiple world champion; 30+ ranking titles; career triple crown; world no.1 (at least 3)|
|Pink||★★★★★★||world champion; 10+ ranking titles; multiple winner of triple crown events; member of top 2; 15+ seasons in top 16 (at least 3)|
|Blue||★★★★★||winner of triple crown event; 5+ ranking titles; member of top 4; 12+ seasons in top 16 (at least 2)|
|Brown||★★★★||2+ ranking titles; member of top 8; triple crown event finalist; 8+ seasons in the top 16 (at least 2)|
|Green||★★★||ranking title; member of top 16 (at least 1)|
|Yellow||★★||member of top 64|