Three-time ranking event winner and two-time Crucible finalist

 

D.O.B. 25 Jul 1979

 

Lives Chelmsford, Essex

 

Turned Pro 1996

 

Ranking Tournament Victories 3 - Welsh Open 2009, Shanghai Masters 2010, German Masters 2013

 

Money list earnings 2012/13 + 2013/14: £222,125

 

Highest Tournament Break 147 - World Snooker Championship 2008

 

Carter has had serious health problems in recent years and in May 2014 announced that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and would undergo a course of chemotherapy.

 

In 2013, Carter's biggest battle came away from the snooker table. Indeed, having overcome testicular cancer, he was happy just for the chance to continue playing the sport.

 

The Essex player was diagnosed with the disease in July and immediately had surgery. Fortunately his treatment was successful. Reflecting on the illness a few months later he said: "When you are diagnosed with cancer, nothing in the world matters other than your health at that point.

 

"And you say to yourself, 'If I get the all-clear, I will have a year or six months off, or go on holiday for three months and I will look at my life and do all these sort of things'.

 

"But when you get healthy again, life doesn't let you do that to a certain extent because you are running with the pack and, all of a sudden, the pack are running without you and you have to catch up again."

 

Returning to the table, Carter achieved his objective of keeping his place among the world's top 16. He got to the semi-finals of the China Open, beating the likes of Peter Ebdon and Ricky Walden before losing to Neil Robertson.


Carter enjoyed perhaps the sweetest moment of his career in January 2013 when he won the German Masters in Berlin. He came from 5-3 down to beat Marco Fu 9-6 in the final and win his third ranking title.

 

That came after years of battling Crohn's disease so it gave Carter great satisfaction to prove that he could still win major titles.

 

"It hasn't been an easy time for me but I have given it my all and things have turned around massively, which makes it very satisfying." he said. "It has been a long time coming and I've been through tough times. A year ago I didn't want to be playing. That makes it all the sweeter because life makes you wait and makes you want it even more."

 

Late in 2011, Carter announced on Twitter that he would retire from snooker at the end of the season, following a loss of form and the painful effects of his illness.

 

But his health and form soon turned around and in 2012 he reached the final of the World Championship for the second time. At the Crucible he knocked out Mark Davis, Judd Trump, Jamie Jones and Stephen Maguire. He did improve on his previous show in the final, winning three more frames, but it wasn't enough as he lost 18-11 to Ronnie O'Sullivan.

 

"I'm disappointed because it's not about getting to the final it's about winning it and I haven't so that's the bitter pill to swallow. I didn't feel like I played well in the final, Ronnie put me under all kinds of pressure out there."

 

In 2010 Carter won the Shanghai Masters, beating the likes of Matthew Stevens and Mark Selby to reach the final before battling to a 10-7 victory over surprise finalist Jamie Burnett.

 

"I just want to win as many titles as I can in my career," he said. "If you keep getting to the business end of tournaments then you will have chances to win them and that's what I've done."

 

His first ranking title came at the 2009 Welsh Open. Carter ended any doubts that he has the capacity to bring his best game to the big occasion as he reeled off seven consecutive frames to run out a 9-5 winner over Joe Swail, firing in breaks of 54, 116, 109, 61, 91 and 67 in a devastating burst of scoring.

 

"It means everything to me, it's what I've been practising for since I was a kid. It's all about winning, to be able to go home and say no one has beaten you," he said.

 

The 2008 World Championship saw Carter reach his first ranking final and make his first competitive 147 break. He beat Barry Hawkins, Shaun Murphy, Peter Ebdon and Joe Perry to get there, and made that memorable maximum against Ebdon, becoming only the sixth player to make a 147 at the Crucible. However he eventually lost 18-8 to O'Sullivan.


 

Carter turned professional in 1996 and was tipped for the top when he reached the semi-finals of the Grand Prix three years later. He beat six players including Stephen Hendry and Marco Fu at Preston before his run was finally ended by John Higgins.

 

The player nicknamed The Captain is a trained pilot and hopes to be ready to swap 147s for 747s when he retires from professional snooker.