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Judd Trump

Born 20 August 1989, Judd has been a professional player since he was 16, and has risen up the rankings every year to his current world ranking of 2.

Judd photographed here at the Grove Academy with Liu Song and Zhang Anda

As an amateur, Judd was English Under-13 and Under-15 champion and also reached the World Under-21 Championship semi-finals at the age of 14. At the same age, he became the youngest player ever to make a competitive 147 against Jin Foulger, beating a record previously held by Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Judd became the youngest player ever to reach the World Championship Final Stages in 2007. His biggest tournament to date has been the Grand Prix in 2008 when Judd beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 5-4 to reach the semi-final, in which he was defeated 6-4 by John Higgins. Judd also won a qualifying tournament to gain entry into the 2009 Masters Tournament as the only qualifier but was defeated by Mark Allen in the first round.

In 2009 Judd qualified for the Premier League Snooker for the first time and had a great run, reaching the semi-finals before losing to Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Judd joined the Grove Academy in Romford towards the end of the 2009/10 season, and started the 2010/11 season in good form, winning the unranked Austrian Open in May 2010 when he beat new World Champion Neil Robertson 6-4 in the final in Wels. His good form continued in the Players Tour events, culminating in winning the EPTC1 – The Paul Hunter Classic, in Hamm, Germany, winning seven straight games in the process. Judd put in a number of consistent performances all season until reaching the China Open, where he beat five players ranked above him including Mark Selby 10-8 in the final to take his first major ranking event.

Judd’s ascendancy continued with an excellent run at the World Championships in April 2011, his first appearance for four years. Having dispatched reigning champion Neil Robertson 10-8 in the first round, Judd recorded victories against Martin Gould, Graeme Dott, and Ding Junhui before losing an epic final to John Higgins 15-18.

The 2011/12 season was another excellent one for Judd as he won two Players Tour Championship events and, more importantly, his first major, the UK Championship in December 2011. Number 2 in rankings at the end of the season, he’s now definitely established as one of the very top players in the game.

The 2012/13 season saw him reach the Shanghai Masters 2012 final and win the International Championship 2012. He also became World n°1 for a short period of time. The rest of the season was less successful but still featured semi-finals in the Welsh Open 2013 and the World Championship 2013 where he lost to the eventual Champion, Ronnie O’Sullivan.

The 2013/14 season was a very quiet one by Judd’s standards. He only reached one ranking final, at the German Masters 2014 and suffered a number of very early exits.

Judd enters the Tempodrom ahead of the German Masters 2014 Final”

The 2014/15 season was a very successful one for Judd. He won the Australian Open 2014 and the World Grand Prix 2015, a new invitational event. He was runner-up twice to Ronnie O’Sullivan in the UK Championship 2014 and the Champion of Champions 2014. He finished ranked n°7 and was awarded the “Fans player of the year” at the end of the season.

The 2015/16 season was a bit of an indifferent one for Judd, by his high standards, because there were quite a few of relatively early exits, in particular in the World Championship. There were some highlights though as well: he made it to the final of the Shanghai Masters 2015, won the Championship League Snooker 2016, and the China Open 2016.

Judd had an excellent 2016/17 season: he added to his tally of ranking titles, bringing it to 7, by winning the European Masters 2016 In Bucharest, Romania, beating Ronnie O’Sullivan by 9-8, and the Players Championship 2017 in Llandudno, win a 10-8 win over Marco Fu. He also featured in three more ranking finals: the English Open 2016, the Welsh Open 2017, and the Gibraltar Open 2017. Unfortunately, the World Championship 2017 ended prematurely with a last 32 exit as Judd, who was suffering from a shoulder injury, lost to Rory McLeod.

On paper Judd had a great season in 2017/18 again: he defended his European Masters title early in the season, then reached another final, at the Shanghai Masters, and no less than five semi-finals plus a host of quarterfinals, including at the World Championship. However Judd expressed disappointment about the season overall because again he failed to win a Triple Crown event, something he feels is overdue, the UK Championship 2011 remaining his only success in the “majors”. He also suffered a number of surprising defeats, often having surrendered a good lead. At times he admitted that he didn’t enjoy playing as much as he used to.

The 2018/19 season was a very successful one for Judd and one that saw him come to age with a more mature attitude. He completed the Triple Crown by winning the Masters 2019 (beating Ronnie O’Sullivan by 10-4) and the World Championship 2019 (beating John Higgins by 18-9). He also won the Northern Ireland Open 2018 and the World Grand Prix 2019. To those successes, he added three more ranking semi-finals and three ranking quarter-finals. Having started the season ranked 5, Judd finished it ranked n°2 and World Champion.

The 2019/20 season was Judd’s season as a first-time World Champion and it was a very successful one. He won a record-breaking six ranking titles: the 2019 International Championship, the 2019 World Open, the 2019 Northern Ireland Open, the 2020 German Masters, the 2020 Players Championship and the 2020 Gibraltar Open. He won 82% of his matches and scored 102 centuries over the season. The only slightly disappointing aspect of that extraordinary season was maybe that he didn’t play well in any of the three “majors”, losing in the last 32 at the UK Championship, in the first round at the Masters, and in the QF at the World Championship. He was the defending champion at the Masters and at the World Championship. He still finished the season as World nr 1 – by some margin – and was voted “Player of the Year” by the fans, by the journalists, and by the governing body.

2020/21 was another very strong season for Judd Trump who won no less than five ranking events: the 2020 English Open, the 2020 Northern Ireland Open, the 2020 World Grand Prix, the 2021 German Masters, and the 2021 Gibraltar Open. Remarkably this was the third season in a row that he won the Northern Ireland Open, beating Ronnie O’Sullivan by 9-7 in the Final each time. He was less successful in the “majors”: He reached the final of the 2020 UK Championship, losing in a dramatic decider to Neil Robertson in the Final. He had to withdraw from the 2021 Masters after testing positive for covid-19 and was beaten 13-11 by Shaun Murphy in the quarter-finals at the Crucible. Once again Judd finished the season as the World Number 1 and was voted “Player of the Year” by WST.

The 2021/22 season was a difficult and disappointing one overall for Judd. Despite winning the Champion of Champions and reaching the semi-finals at the 2022 Masters, he failed to go past the quarter-finals in any ranking event until the 2022 Welsh Open. There he eventually reached the Final but, surprisingly lost by 9-5 to Joe Perry at that stage. He bounced back to win the next tournament, the Turkish Masters. All season he struggled with his game and freely admitted that most of the time, he wasn’t enjoying his snooker. Despite this, he reached the final f the World Championship, losing by 18-13 to Ronnie O’Sullivan.

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Judd’s record

2011 China Open
2011 UK Championship
2012 International Championship
2014 Australian Open
2015 World Grand Prix
2016 Championship League Snooker
2016 China Open
2016 European Masters (Romania)
2017 Players Championship
2017 European Masters (Belgium)
2018 Northern Ireland Open
2019 Masters
2019 World Grand Prix
2019 World Championship
2019 International Championship
2019 World Open
2019 Northern Ireland Open
2020 German Masters
2020 Players Championship
2020 Gibraltar Open
2020 English Open
2020 Northern Ireland Open
2020 World Grand-Prix
2021 German Masters
2021 Gibraltar Open
2021 Champion of Champions
2022 Turkish Masters


  • Big Al Whittle said:

    Just saw Judd on tv! What a player! One of the best I’ve ever seen!

  • Wil said:

    Judd Trump is a BRILLIANT player and should win the world championship this year and can i write to Judd at this club .And please wish all the best Will from Luton, Beds

  • Stephen said:

    Is Ronnie still available to play exhibition and if so what’s the price.

  • Ubaidullah Mufti said:

    Hi Mr. Trump, I am like the biggest fan of your game. You are the one of the best player of snooker and my true idol. I would like a signed photograph by you. Please send me this autograph and make my day :)

    Best regards

    Ubaidullah Mufti

    44-E Block
    Architect Society
    Lahore, Pakistan.

  • Rahul said:

    Just a little correction on Judd’s profile. He did not reach world championship finals in 2007. His first championship final was in 2011 and youngest player ever.


  • monique said:

    Thank you for pointing out that mistake to me. It was mean to be ” Final Stages” …

  • Malcolm Saggers said:

    Judd Trump has reached the Masters FINAL at Alexandra Palace 20/01/2019 to play Ronnie O’Sullivan what an achievemen! I am so happy for this young guy to finally get to the Masters Final and to play against one of the biggest names in Snooker, Ronnie O’Sullivan who I am sure Judd will enjoy playing against.

    Judd I will be routing for you and would like to wish you all the very best of luck for the Final and hope that you have a great game. You have climbed through the ranks and have worked hard to get to this point so I really hope you can pull it off and win the masters trophy for the first time. You really deserve this reward for all the dedication and hard work you have put into your snooker career and for being such a gentleman and a true professional.

    Best Of Luck for the Masters Final and many more to come in the future!

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