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Jack Lisowski

The Grove is delighted to welcome Jack Lisowski back to its team for the 2017/18 season onwards.

Jack declared:

I can’t wait to start working with Django again, he is exactly the sort of person I want in my corner.
I’m excited for the new season and seeing what we can achieve together.
There’s a great group of players at The Grove and I’m looking forward to learning and working hard on my game.

Jack earned his Main Tour spot by winning of the 2009/10 PIOS and also the new English Amateur Championship and we’re hoping that his good form continues.

The 2010/11 season was a very successful one for Jack. In his first year as a pro he managed to qualify for the television stage of three ranking events: the German Masters 2011, the Welsh Open 2011 and the Players Tour Championship Grand Final 2011. This earned him the “Rookie of the year” award at the end of the season.

The 2011/12 season was a bit of a lower key one, but Jack still reached the television stage of two full ranking events: the Shanghai Masters 2011 and the Players Tour Championship Grand Final 2012.

Jack had a few indifferent seasons away from The Grove, but is now back, fully motivated and determined

Jack is currently ranked n° 54 in the world.

You can read here how Jack introduced himself when joining Grove for the first time; it’s a nice insight on the person he is:

When did you start playing snooker?

I was 7 when I got my first table, but I probably started playing when I was 5. I didn’t have a table then, I would lie on the floor hitting golf balls and ping pong balls with a pool cue.

I was fascinated by watching snooker on television and I particularly remember one match between Mark Williams and Ken Doherty which got me hooked on the game.

I wanted to join a snooker club and my dad said I could, on condition that I read Danny The Champion Of The World by Roald Dahl. I don’t know if that was because he thought it would help my snooker or whether he just wanted me to finish my reading first! I then joined Westgate Snooker Club in Gloucester, at the age of 8.

Did this give you a taste for competition at an early age?

Yes it did. I started to play in the handicap competition every Saturday and I won it soon after I joined – it was a big deal for me, I had become the youngest winner ever. I started to receive coaching from Nick Pearce, a former professional, and he gave me a lot of encouragement to carry on and try and improve my game. I continued to improve and I made my first 100 break at the age of 10, while playing Nick.

What was your best early success?

The first big tournament I went in was the Pontins Star Of The Future tournament in 2002 and I won, beating Michael White in the final 2-1, winning the deciding frame on the black ball. In the same month I won the English Under-13 title, beating Liam Highfield in the final.

When I was 13 I took apart in the European Under-19 tournament in Riga, Latvia. I lost in the quarter-final.

How did your improving snooker affect your schooling?

At the age of 16 I passed 9 GCSEs but I decided to leave school at this point and concentrate on my goal of becoming a professional player. However it was around this time that I became ill – I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This led me to take a year out from snooker (and life in general!) The following year I was well enough to start playing again and rejoined the PIOS tour. I reached the final of the second event I played, which was a big achievement for me to have improved so much after taking so much time away from competitive playing. It gave me a lot of confidence for the following season – 2009/10.

Do you feel you came back from your break a better player and stronger person?

Yes I did. I played in all eight events in the 2009/10 PIOS tour and I won 2 events – the first and last ones. I also reached 2 semi-finals and I ended up with the highest points total in the five-year history of the competition. At the end of the 2009/10 I also won the English Amateur Championship.

What is your highest break?

My highest break in practice is 147 which I have half a dozen times. The most recent was while playing Ding Junhui in Sheffield, while breaking in a new cue.

In competition my highest break is 143 which I achieved during an English U-21 ranking tournament in 2009.

Are you enjoying life away from home?

I’m currently sharing a house with Judd Trump. We’re good friends, as Judd comes from Bristol and I’ve seen almost every weekend for years at one junior tournament or other, as he’s just a couple of years older than me.

I’m now living and practising in Romford and I have to admit I prefer it to Sheffield. There’s a definite buzz being nearer to London and Romford is a vibrant town. I hope the change of scenery will help me have an explosive start to my professional career!

The 2017/2018 season proved indeed to be the best Jack Had in a very long time! He won 2 out of 3 of all matches he played during the season. He reached the semi finals at the Shanghai Masters 2017, his first ever semi-final, and the quarter finals in the English Open 2017 and the China Open 2018. He also managed to qualify for the World Grand Prix 2018, being in the top 32 of the one year list. He won three matches to qualify for the Crucible, then beat former World Champion Stuart Bingham to reach the last 16, where he lost to eventual finalist John Higgins. Jack finished the season ranked 26, his highest ranking ever.

The 2018/19 season was Jack’s best and most consistent season thus far, with three finals: the Riga Masters 2018, the China Open 2019, and the Championship League Snooker 2019. He also reached the semi-finals at the International Championship 2019, plus four other ranking quarter-finals. As a result, he played at the Crucible as a seeded player (11) for the first time. Unfortunately, he lost in the first round to his stablemate, Ali Carter. Jack finished the season ranked 11.

The 2019/20 season was a consistent one for Jack but by no means a great one: he lost in the last 128 round only twice, but got past the last 32 round only three times. On 8 occasions, he lost in the last 32. One of those occasions was at the Crucible, where Jack was seeded. He lost in a deciding frame to Anthony McGill, Anthony had to qualify but had a brilliant run at the World Championship, reaching the semi-finals. Jack’s best result of the season was a runner-up place at the 2019 Scottish Open: he lost by 9-6 to Mark Selby in the final. Jack finished the season ranked 14th.

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  • Mick said:

    I love snooker, playing and watching it – and know enough to spot a future world champion when I see one. Tipped a few players to be a world champion in my time and told two of them to their face before they where.

    I think Jack will soon be a tournament winner and when he gains more maturity in his shot selections, tightens up his positional play and gets used to the crowds and his surroundings, he will be a very dangerous animal and a fear factor will kick in. When he buzzes he is majestic to watch and as brilliant as anyone who ever held a cue in my opinion.

    I hope the bright lights of the big city and his friends don’t distract him too much from his goals in the sport.
    Life is too short as he knows all too well and I hope he achieves what I think he is capable of achieving and I wish him well.

  • dr peter mccormick said:

    Watched Jack and Judd; remarkable. Heard the commentator say that Jack had survived Burkitt’s lymphoma when younger. I have spent years treating BL in African children- where it is the commonest child cancer. I’ve written about it in my memoirs, recently published. Would like to give a copy to Jack.Give me a postal address and I will gladly send a copy.
    Dr Peter McCormick

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