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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 Finals 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 disptached 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 a 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.

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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

4 Comments »

  • 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.

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