Player Profile

Gareth Allen

NameDate of Birth Country
Gareth Allen09-09-1988Wales

Career

Allen started playing snooker aged three,joining his local snooker club and playing on full sized table at twelve.In a lengthy amateur career, Allen made his debut for the Welsh international side aged eighteen,where he reached the last 16 of the 2010 Amateur World Snooker Championship and narrowly missed out on a professional tour card in 2013, where he lost in the final to Robin Hull in the EBSA European Snooker Championships.He was also a regular competitor in Players Tour Championship events, where in the professional rounds he beat pros such as Kurt Maflin, Alfie Burden, Andrew Norman, Joel Walker and Nigel Bond.

He was also a regular competitor in the end of season Q School events since their introduction and in 2012 he lost in a quarter-final match against Paul Davison, which would have gained him pro tour status had he won.However, his run did enable him to feature in several ranking events during the 2012/2013 season, with the highlight being a win over then top 32 player Rory McLeod 4–2 in qualifying in his home event the 2013 Welsh Open. His next match against John Higgins was televised, which he lost 4–1.

In 2015, Allen was successful in Q School and earned a tour card for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 seasons by beating Alex Taubman 4–2 in his final match of Event 2.He won his first match as a professional by beating Adam Edge 5–3 in Australian Goldfields Open qualifying, but lost 5–1 to Jamie Burnett in the second round. Allen saw off Barry Pinches and Aditya Mehta both 5–1 in the qualifying rounds for the Shanghai Masters, before losing by a reversal of this scoreline to Li Hang. He made his debut at the venue stage of a ranking event in York for the UK Championship and was defeated 6–1 by Liang Wenbo. Allen then lost 15 successive matches from August 2015 until the start of the 2016/2017 season, when he beat Kurt Maflin 4–3 to qualify for the Riga Masters.Allen won a match at the venue stage of a ranking event for the first time by edging past Ross Muir 4–3 in the opening round of the Scottish Open and then lost 4–3 to Mike Dunn.A 5–4 win over Robin Hull saw him qualify for the China Open, where he was thrashed 5–0 by Ronnie O'Sullivan in the opening round.Unless Allen can come through Q School he will fall off the tour at the end of the season as he is placed 110th in the world rankings.

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