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Ali Carter – Player Profile, Career Summary, Stats

Ali Carter Player Profile

Ali Carter Stats
Date of birth: 25 July, 1979
Nationality: England
First turned professional: 1996
Highest ranking: 2
Ranking titles: 5
Triple Crown titles: 0
Crucible best: runner-up
Masters appearances: 13
147 breaks: 3

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After first turning professional in 1996, Ali Carter spent a lot of his first decade on the main tour in the peripheries of the higher echelons.

Known as the Captain for his love of aviation away from the table, Carter had undoubted potential but spent several seasons ranked just outside the top 16.

Carter made frequent appearances in the last eight of ranking tournaments and finally cracked the elite bracket in time for the 2006/07 campaign.

But it was in 2008 when he really began to make a name for himself as one of the sport’s top competitors.

A 147 break at the Crucible Theatre helped him on his way to an appearance in that year’s World Championship final.


Carter lost to Ronnie O’Sullivan, but the confidence gained was apparent a year later when he bagged a maiden ranking title at the 2009 Welsh Open.

A second triumph in the 2010 Shanghai Masters helped his ranking soar to a career-high of number two in the world.

In 2012, he was back in another World Championship title decider but unfortunately ran into an unstoppable O’Sullivan for a second time.

A third ranking glory materialised not long after with a superb success in the 2013 German Masters at the Tempodrom.

But Carter, who had already suffered with Crohn’s disease for many years, was diagnosed with testicular cancer later that year.

After coming through chemotherapy, Carter returned in magnificent fashion to win the non-ranking General Cup in 2014.

Two years later, there was a fourth ranking crown with his defeat of Joe Perry to land the 2016 World Open.

A Masters finalist in 2020, Carter began to slip down the rankings and appearances in the latter stages of tournaments gradually became less frequent.

But in early 2023, the Englishman took advantage of a weakened German Masters field to capture a fifth ranking title, and a second in Berlin.

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Ranking Event Victories

  1. 2009 Welsh Open
  2. 2010 Shanghai Masters
  3. 2013 German Masters
  4. 2016 World Open
  5. 2023 German Masters

Other Notable Victories

  • Paul Hunter Classic (2015)
  • General Cup (2014)

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Ali Carter Player Profile

SHQ Stars: How it works

RatingSHQ StarsCareer 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

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