Two-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

 

World Snooker Tour prize money 2011/12 + 2012/13 seasons (ranking events / PTCs only) £294,325

 

Highest Tournament Break 147 - World Snooker Championship 2008

 

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."

 

A few weeks earlier, he had suffered an agonising defeat in the semi-finals of the UK Championship, as he led Shaun Murphy 8-4 but lost 9-8.

 

 
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.

 

The turning point for Carter came when he discovered a new dairy and wheat free diet, which kept the side effects of his illness under control and allowed him to concentrate on snooker.

 

At the 2012 World Championship he knocked out Mark Davis, Judd Trump, Jamie Jones and Stephen Maguire to reach his second world final. 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."

 

The previous season had seen the Essex player get off to the best possible start by winning the first ranking event of the campaign at the Shanghai Masters.

 

He beat 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."

 

In 2009, Carter shrugged off the unwanted unofficial title of 'best player never to win a ranking event'. At the Welsh Open he beat Jimmy White, Graeme Dott, Shaun Murphy and Anthony Hamilton to set up a final meeting with Joe Swail.

 

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, 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 following month, Carter won the B&H Championship to earn a wild card to the Masters.

 

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.