David Gilbert Player Profile
|DOB: 12 Jun, 1981||Nationality: England||First Turned Pro: 2002|
|Highest Ranking: 10||Ranking Titles: 1||147 Breaks: 2|
SHQ Stars: ★★★
David Gilbert first turned professional in 2002, but it took a long time for him to establish himself as a top player.
Affectionately known as the Angry Farmer, during his early years he was widely regarded as a player with great talent who could never find consistency.
There were brief glimpses of his capability, including a debut World Championship appearance in 2007 when he lost to Stephen Hendry 10-7 having led 5-1.
It wasn’t until 2015, though, that he managed to reach the quarter-final stage of a ranking event – indeed, going all the way to the final of the International Championship.
Gilbert’s defeat to John Higgins sparked a run of misery at the business end of tournaments.
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Even so, the Englishman began to more regularly express the talent at his disposal on the green baize.
During a memorable 2018/19 season in which he broke into the top 16 in the world rankings for the first time, Gilbert was denied glory in two more finals.
A 10-9 reverse to Mark Williams in the 2018 World Open title decider was particularly crushing as he squandered a four-frame advantage towards the end.
In the same season’s World Championship, Gilbert suffered another agonising loss when he came within a frame of the final in Sheffield, losing 17-16 to Higgins.
Back-to-back appearances in the semi-finals of the Masters followed, proving his credentials as one of the best players in the world during the period.
But a 9-1 hammering by Mark Selby in the 2019 English Open final prolonged his wait for a maiden trophy, and led many to call Gilbert the best player to have never won a ranking title.
Yet at the beginning of the 2021/22 campaign, Gilbert finally lasted the distance in the short-format Championship League – beating Mark Allen in the final.
A heavy scorer when in top form, Gilbert is also known as the player who recorded the 147th official maximum break in professional snooker.
Ranking Event Victories
- 2021 Championship League
Other Notable Victories
Featured photo credit: WST
David Gilbert 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|