Jak Jones (born 29 July 1993) is a Welsh professional snooker player.
|Born||29 July 1993|
|Professional||2010/2011, 2013–2015, 2016–|
|Highest ranking||67 (August 2020)|
|70 (as of 4 May 2021)|
2014 Shanghai Masters (qualifying)
|Best ranking finish||Quarter-finals (2020 English Open)|
Jones was born in Cwmbran, Wales. He became a professional in 2010 at the age of 16, by winning the 2010 European Under 19 Snooker Championship in Malta.
In his first year on the tour, Jones could only win one match in his attempts to qualify for the seven ranking events. He played in all 12 of the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship events throughout the year, with his best results being two last 32 defeats to be placed 85th on the Order of Merit. He ended his debut season ranked world number 94 meaning he was relegated from the tour as he did not finish inside the top 64.
Jones could only enter PTC events since dropping of the tour and he played in 10 of the 12. At the second event he beat Anthony Hamilton 4–3, James Wattana 4–2 and Sam Craigie 4–1 to reach the last 16, where he was edged out 3–4 by Rory McLeod. Two other last 32 defeats saw Jones finish 75th on the PTC Order of Merit.
Jones played in seven out of twelve PTC events during the 2012–13 season and could only win a total of three matches to be ranked 106th on the Order of Merit. He earned a place in the EBSA Qualifying Tour Play-offs by finishing number 2 in the rankings and winning the Scottish Amateur Open. He beat Elliot Slessor 4–2 and John Parkin 4–0 to claim a place back on the snooker tour for the 2013–14 season.
Jones had a miserable 2013–14 season as he lost all 16 matches he played, to finish ranked world number 128.
Jones won his first match at the main tour event in 18 months in qualifying for the Australian Goldfields Open by edging past Joe O'Connor 5–4, but was beaten 5–1 by Nigel Bond in the subsequent round. In the second round of the Riga Open he recorded the biggest win of his career by knocking out world number one Neil Robertson 4–3, before losing by a reverse of this scoreline to Sean O'Sullivan. He would later finish 67th on the Order of Merit. He couldn't win more than one match at any other event during the rest of the season until World Championship when he defeated Aditya Mehta 10–7 and Jack Lisowski 10–5. This meant that Jones was just one victory away from qualifying for the biggest event on the snooker calendar and he recovered from 4–0 down against Ryan Day to level at 6–6. However, Jones would lose four frames on the trot to be beaten 10–6. He fell off the tour at the end of the season as he was the world number 95, outside the top 64 who retain their places.
Jones beat Jamie Cope 4–3 at the Riga Masters, before being thrashed 4–0 by Mark Williams. He defeated Brandon Sargeant 4–0 and Elliot Slessor 4–3 at the English Open and then recorded a shock 4–2 win over Ding Junhui, a player ranked 105 places above him, despite having a high break of 34. Jones was 3–1 up on Anthony Hamilton in the fourth round, but lost 4–3. At the International Championship he saw off Jimmy Robertson 6–4 and was then eliminated 6–2 by John Higgins in the second round. Jones had a good run at the Shoot-Out in which he exited to Shaun Murphy in the fourth round.
He dropped off the tour at the end of the 2017/18 season but entered Q School in an attempt to win back a place, and secured his return to the tour at the first event.
Performance and rankings timeline
|European Masters||Tournament Not Held||LQ||1R||2R||1R||2R|
|English Open||Tournament Not Held||4R||1R||1R||1R||QF|
|Championship League||Tournament Not Held||RR|
|Northern Ireland Open||Tournament Not Held||A||2R||1R||2R||2R|
|Scottish Open||Not Held||MR||Not Held||1R||1R||2R||1R||2R|
|World Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||NR||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||1R|
|Gibraltar Open||Tournament Not Held||A||2R||1R||1R||2R|
|WST Pro Series||Tournament Not Held||RR|
|Tour Championship||Tournament Not Held||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Wuxi Classic||Non-Ranking||A||LQ||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Australian Goldfields Open||NH||A||A||LQ||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Paul Hunter Classic||Minor-Ranking Event||1R||2R||A||NR||NH|
|Indian Open||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||A||LQ||LQ||Not Held|
|China Open||LQ||A||A||LQ||LQ||LQ||2R||LQ||Not Held|
|Riga Masters||Tournament Not Held||MR||2R||LQ||LQ||3R||NH|
|International Championship||Not Held||A||LQ||A||2R||LQ||LQ||3R||NH|
|China Championship||Tournament Not Held||NR||LQ||LQ||1R||NH|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|Haining Open||Tournament Not Held||MR||QF||A||A||A||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.|
- It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- He was an amateur.
- Players qualified through Q School started the season without ranking points.
- Players qualified One Year Ranking List started the season without ranking points.
- The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
- The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
Amateur finals: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||2009||Junior Pot Black||Ross Muir||0–1|
|Runner-up||1.||2009||PIOS – Event 4||Jamie Jones||0–6|
|Winner||1.||2010||European Under-19 Snooker Championships||Anthony McGill||6–4|
|Winner||2.||2016||European Snooker Championship||Jamie Clarke||7–4|
- "2010 European Under 19 Championship". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Jak Jones 2010/2011". Snooker.org. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Order of Merit 2010/2011". Snooker.org. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Rankings after 2011 World Championship" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
- "Jak Jones 2011/2012". Snooker.org. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Order of Merit 2011/2012". Snooker.org. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Jak Jones 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Order of Merit 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Einsle, Carrington and Jones Earn Tour Places". worldsnooker.com. World Snooker. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
- "Jak Jones 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- "World Snooker Rankings After the 2014 World Championship" (PDF). World Snooker. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
- "Jak Jones 2014/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- "Drago and Borg bow out in Riga". The Times. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- "European Order of Merit 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- "Sweet 16 Through to Sheffield". World Snooker. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- "World Rankings After 2015 World Championship". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 7 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- "Jak Jones is the NEW European Champion". European Billiards & Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 6 July 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
- "Cwmbran's Jak Jones shocks Ding Junhui as Mark Williams wins Gwent battle". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
- "Nottingham's Anthony Hamilton blames tiredness for English Open exit". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
- "Jak Jones 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
- http://www.worldsnooker.com/craigie-clinches-tour-card-as-pros-bounce-back/ [bare URL]
- "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.