Sport country: England
Highest ranking: є 2
Highest break: 147
Career winnings: £1,607,624
Nickname: The Captain
Tournament wins: 7
Allister "Ali" Carter (born 25 July 1979, Colchester, Essex, England) is an English professional snooker player, who lives in Chelmsford. He is a two-time World Championship runner-up, twice losing to Ronnie O'Sullivan, in 2008 and 2012. He has also won three ranking titles and been as high as second in the world rankings.
Carter turned professional in 1996. He first emerged in 1999, winning the WPBSA Association Young Player of the Year award after winning the Benson and Hedges Championship in 1999 Ц this earned him a wild card place in the Masters. He also reached the semi-finals of the 1999 Grand Prix. It was eight years before he reached another ranking semi-final, the 2007 Malta Cup.
He was close to the elite top 16 for three successive seasons ranking as 17, 19, and 19 through 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2005/06, respectively, before reaching it in the 2006/07 season and remaining there in 2008.
He reached the last 16 (second round) of the World Championship in 2005, after scoring the first 10Ц0 victory in the event since 1993 against 1993 semi-finalist James Wattana in qualifying. At the 2007 World Championship he beat Andy Hicks in the first round, 10Ц4, before beating World No. 1 and seven-time champion Stephen Hendry 13Ц6 to reach his first World Championship quarter-final and guarantee a place in the Top-16. Carter now has a 5Ц4 record against Hendry; conversely, he has never beaten Ronnie O'Sullivan in 12 attempts.
Carter has at times missed out on opportunities from winning positions, an extreme example being in the first round of the 2007 UK Championship, when Carter led Barry Hawkins 8Ц3 before Hawkins won the next six frames to win 9Ц8. However, Carter got his own back on Hawkins during the 2008 World Championship by beating him 10Ц9 in a 'controversial' finale. Hawkins had levelled the match to 9Ц9, when the players were pulled out of the arena to allow the evening matches to begin. They returned after one of the evening's two matches had been completed Ц on a table they had not previously played on. Hawkins felt this break interrupted his momentum, handing the match to Carter. He followed this by defeating two former champions in succession; provisional World Number 1 Shaun Murphy 13Ц4 in the second round and then 2002 winner Peter Ebdon 13Ц9 in the quarter-final. In the semi-final on 4 May 2008 he beat Joe Perry 17Ц15 to book a place against Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final. Carter lost the final 18Ц8.
Carter scored his first 147 break on 29 April at the 2008 World Championship, one day after Ronnie O'Sullivan had made one in the same tournament. This made Carter the sixth man to achieve this feat at the Crucible (the eighth made there, as O'Sullivan had previously achieved it three times), and the first to have done so without previously winning a tournament. It is the first time two 147s have been made in the same event.
Carter soon showed signs of carrying this form forward in subsequent events. He won his second non-ranking tournament, the Huangshan Cup in China, with a 5Ц3 win over the reigning Grand Prix champion Marco Fu. In the 2008/09 season Carter reached the semi-final stage on three separate occasions. He progressed to the semi-finals of the 2008/09 season's first ranking event, the 2008 Northern Ireland Trophy before losing 5Ц6 to O'Sullivan having led 5Ц4. He reached the same stage of the Grand Prix, defeating veterans Steve Davis and John Parrott before losing to Ryan Day, again 5Ц6 The third occasion was the UK Championship where wins over Peter Ebdon and Mark Williams were followed by a close 9Ц7 defeat to the man he was victorious against in the Huangshan Cup final in China, Marco Fu.
After thirteen years as a professional, Carter defeated the likes of Jimmy White, Graeme Dott, Shaun Murphy, Anthony Hamilton, and Joe Swail to finally win his first ranking tournament Ц the 2009 Welsh Open.
Carter made a slow start to the 2009/2010 season, losing 0Ц5 to Liang Wenbo in the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters and losing in the first round at the Grand Prix, before reaching the quarter-finals of the UK Championship. As the defending champion at the Welsh Open he progressed to the final but was beaten by John Higgins, the reigning world champion at the time. He finished the season strongly by reaching the semi-finals at the China Open and the World Championship, losing in the latter to eventual champion, Neil Robertson, by 12Ц17. Of the six ranking tournaments that were staged during the 2009/2010 season, Carter's campaigns were ended by the eventual champion on four occasions, and on another by the runner-up. Carter finished the season by moving up to a career high position of 4th in the world rankings.
Carter won the 2010 Shanghai Masters. Carter had to recover from 1Ц4 down in the quarter-final to defeat Matthew Stevens 5Ц4, Stevens missing the final black off its spot in the deciding frame. He then won six frames in a row from 0Ц2 down to beat Mark Selby 6Ц2, and edged past qualifier Jamie Burnett 10Ц7 in the final. The following events were not very successful for Ali Carter,as he was eliminated in the last 32 of the World Open by Mark Williams 1Ц3,he suffered an early exit against the young talent Mark Joyce in the first round of the UK Championship by 6Ц9 and also lost his first round match of the 2011 Masters against Peter Ebdon by 5Ц6.
Carter's 2011/2012 season got off to a poor start as he exited the first two ranking events of the year, the Australian Goldfields Open and the Shanghai Masters, in the first round. At the UK Championships he defeated Robert Milkins, but then lost 6Ц2 to Mark Allen in the last 16. After the match Carter stated on Twitter: "I'm going to retire at the end of the season! And I can't wait!" and that he was "dead serious" about the threat. Later on he admitted the comments were made "in the heat of the moment" but that he did have some "serious thinking to do at the end of the season". His retirement threat looked to be more likely as he lost in the first round in the Masters and the next two ranking events, and then withdrew from the World Open in China due to medical reasons. Although he reached the quarter-finals of the China Open with wins over Dominic Dale and Lu Ning before losing 2Ц5 to Ding Junhui, Carter found himself out of the world's top 16 for the first time since 2005.
Before the start of the World Championship Carter stated that his future in the game depended on his health, as his ten-year battle with Crohn's disease continued. Three weeks before the start of the event he began cutting out dairy and wheat from his diet resulting in him feeling stronger every day. This looked to have an effect on the snooker table too as he raced into an 8Ц1 lead over Mark Davis in the opening session of the first round, before returning to close out the match 10Ц2. He played world number 2 Judd Trump in the second round and from 9Ц12 behind, produced a superb fightback to record the result of his season to take the match 13Ц12 and reach the quarter-finals. He defeated impressive debutant Jamie Jones 13Ц11 in the last eight to book a semi-final with Stephen Maguire. He won this match by a 17Ц12 scoreline to play in a repeat of the 2008 final against Ronnie O'Sullivan. He lost 11Ц18, meaning he has now not beaten O'Sullivan in any of their 12 ranking event matches. Despite reaching the final, Carter finished the season ranked world number 17, meaning he had dropped 11 places during the year.
Carter began the season in less than auspicious form as he lost in the first round of both the Wuxi Classic and Australian Goldfields Open. He won his first match in a ranking event of the season by beating Robert Milkins 5Ц4 in the Shanghai Masters and then whitewashed Stephen Maguire 5Ц0 to advance to the quarter-finals. He played John Higgins and at 1Ц4 down threatened a comeback by winning two frames, but lost the next to exit the tournament. A first round defeat in the International Championship followed before he saw off Steve Davis and Mark Joyce in the UK Championship both by 6Ц2 scorelines and Stuart Bingham 6Ц4 to make the semi-finals for the first time since 2008. Carter was the victim of a stunning fightback against Shaun Murphy in the semi-finals as he led 8Ц4 but Murphy levelled at 8Ц8 and when Carter broke down on a break of 32 in the deciding frame, Murphy stepped in to win 9Ц8. Carter was beaten 3Ц6 by Higgins in the first round of the Masters.
Carter scored comfortable victories over Fraser Patrick, Anthony Hamilton and Michael Holt at the German Masters and then took advantage of a poor performance from Neil Robertson to reach the final, where he played Marco Fu. Carter came back from 3Ц5 down to win 9Ц6 to secure the third ranking event title of his career. Fu gained revenge in the PTC Finals by beating Carter 4Ц1 in the second round, before Carter reached the final of the non-televised Championship League but lost 2Ц3 to Martin Gould. He was edged out 4Ц5 in the second round of the China Open by Mark Williams. At the World Championship Carter won seven frames in a row to see off Ben Woollaston 10Ц4 in the first round, and came back from 1Ц5 in the last 16 against Ronnie O'Sullivan to level at 7Ц7, before O'Sullivan stepped up a gear to knock out Carter 8Ц13. He ended the season ranked world number 16.
Carter won through to the third round of the Wuxi Classic, before being egded out 5Ц4 by David Morris in the last 16. After his first round loss to Mark Davis in the Shanghai Masters, Carter was forced to withdraw from the next two ranking events due to health problems documented below. He returned for the UK Championship and dropped just one frame in his opening two matches, before losing 6Ц3 to Graeme Dott. He criticised the structure of the event after his first round win as all 128 players on the tour began at the venue in round one, Carter said "We all started off at the bottom and got to the top so I don't see why everyone else doesn't have to do that". Carter dropped out of the top 16 in the world rankings during the year to miss out on playing in the Masters for the first time since 2006, but reached his first semi-final in a ranking event in over a year at the China Open, losing 6Ц2 to Neil Robertson. Carter was beaten 13Ц9 by Mark Selby in the second round of the World Championship and bemoaned his opponent's negative playing style, saying that he was the only one trying to make things happen during the game.
Carter missed the start of the 2014/2015 season due to receiving treatment for a recurrence of testicular cancer. He returned in October at the non-ranking General Cup and won the title by defeating Shaun Murphy 7Ц6 in the final. In October, World Snooker and the WPBSA announced that Carter's seeding for the remainder of the 2014/15 season would be based on a world ranking of 13. His first match back in a ranking event was a 6Ц5 loss to Zhang Anda in the opening round of the UK Championship. Carter received a standing ovation at the Masters and beat Barry Hawkins 6Ц1, before Neil Robertson defeated him by a reversal of this scoreline in the quarter-finals. Afterwards Carter said he was nowhere near match sharp and was targeting the World Championship as the place to rediscover his best form. He won his first matches at the venue stage of a ranking event this year at the Welsh Open with victories over Fraser Patrick, Mark King and Matthew Selt, before losing 4Ц2 to Ben Woollaston in the last 16 and was knocked out in the first round of the China Open 5Ц4 by Kurt Maflin.
Carter had a comprehensive 10Ц5 win over Alan McManus in the first round of the World Championship which began with a 127 break, before once again losing to Robertson in the next round, this time 13Ц5. Carter's ranking was now no longer frozen and with him dropping down to world number 29 he set a goal to reclaim his top 16 ranking next season.
Carter won the Paul Hunter Classic by defeating Shaun Murphy 4Ц3 in the final with a 95 break in the deciding frame, after a spirited fightback from Murphy to level it from 3Ц1 down. It was Carter's maiden European Tour title and his first ranking title since beating cancer. The win was especially fitting as the player it was named after, Paul Hunter, died of cancer in 2006.
In 2003 he was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Crohn's disease. He has partly controlled this by limiting dairy and wheat / gluten in his diet.
He practised at Chelmsford's Rivermead Snooker Club before buying the club and being the new owner. Carter also has a keen interest in flying. Although he views snooker as his career at the moment, he has a pilot license which he trained for during a break from the game.
His first child with his ex-partner Sarah, a son named Max, was born at one minute past midnight on 1 October 2009, weighing in at 8 lbs 2oz.
On 1 July 2013 it was announced that Carter was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He had surgery a day later and was advised to rest for a month. On 19 July 2013, Carter announced on his Twitter page that he had received the all-clear and would resume his career at the Shanghai Masters in September. Carter stated in April 2014 that he would have chosen to take six months to a year away from snooker but his need to regain his place in the top 16 of the world rankings was such that it was not an option. A month later World Snooker announced that Carter had been diagnosed with cancer in his lung and would be taking a break from the sport to receive a course of intensive chemotherapy. In August, Carter finished his successful chemotherapy treatment for the metastatic recurrence of his testicular cancer and returned to snooker in October at the General Cup, which he won.
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