The Grove is delighted to welcome China’s Yu Delu to their team.
Born in October 1987, Yu joined the Main Tour in 2011 after an excellent year which saw him at the top end of the rankings in China; in September 2010 he was placed no 2, narrowly behind Ding Junhui.
As a wildcard he has reached the last 32 of a major ranking tournament no less than four times – at the China Open in 2006, 2007 and 2009 and at Shanghai in 2007. He also took part in the Hainan Classic in 2011 and enjoyed wins over Ding Junhui and Ricky Walden before losing to Graeme Dott.
Yu Delu’s first season as a pro was a quite successful one. Competing in his very first ranking tournament, the Australian Goldfield Open 2012, he impressed by winning 3 matches and reaching the final qualifier stage before losing to Ryan Day. He also reached the final stage of the World Championship 2012 qualifiers, this time losing only to the 7th time World Champion Stephen Hendry. The highlight of his season though was to reach the last 16 of the German Masters 2012, beating his compatriot Ding Junhui in the last 32.
Yu Delu’s progression has not been spectacular, but it certainly was steady. During the 2013/14 season, Yu reached the top 48-33 ranking bracket for the first time. He did well in the Asian Tour, reaching the quarter finals in Yixing and the semi finals in Dongguan. I null ranking events, he reached the last 32 at the Shanghai Masters 2013, the last 16 in the China Open 2014 and the quarter finals in the Players Championship Grand Final where he beat Ronnie O’Sullivan in the last 16.
It was a very poor season for Yu Delu in 2014/15: he reached the last 32 only once, in an Asian Tour event. He finished the season ranked at n°52.
2015/16 was slightly better but not great. The highlight was reaching the last 16 of the Welsh Open 2016, losing to Ronnie O’Sullivan the eventual winner. But other than that he reached the last 32 in just one other event, the International Championship.