John Astley
Date of Birth
13 January 1989
Century Breaks
18
Career Winnings
£54,104
Current Ranking
76
Career Overview
Career Overview

Astley came into prominence in 2007 by winning the national Under-19 title. Astley gained enough sponsorship to be able to enter all the PTC events in the 2012/13 season as an amateur. He reached the last 32 stage three times and finished fourth highest ranked amateur on the Order of Merit, winning a tour card for 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons.

 

2013/14

Astley won his opening match of the season against Mike Dunn to reach the main draw of the Wuxi Classic. In his first ranking event Astley was defeated 5–0 by Robert Milkins. He won a match in a ranking event for the first time by beating Ken Doherty 6–5 in the UK Championship. He lost 6–1 against Stuart Carrington in the next round. Astley also qualified for the China Open with a 5–2 win over Robbie Williams and then came through a wildcard round match once in China, before losing 5–1 to Ding Junhui. Astley beat Sam Baird in the first round of World Championship qualifying, but his season ended in his next match with a loss to Jamie Cope. Astley was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award at the World Snooker Annual Award Ceremony.

 

2014/15

In 2014/15 Astley, could not qualify for any ranking event, other than the UK Championship and Welsh Open. He lost in the first round to Jamie Cope and beat David Gilbert 4–1 at the Welsh, before Gary Wilson beat him 4–3 in the second round. After losing his first qualifying match for the World Championship to Dominic Dale, Astley was relegated from the tour as he was ranked 86th in the world.

 

2015/16

Astley only entered Q School in the 2015/2016 season and in the Second Event he beat Peter Lines 4–0 to secure a two-year tour card.

 

2016/17

At the 2016 Riga Masters, Astley beat Joe Perry 4–1, Andy Hicks 4–2 and Jimmy Robertson 4–1 to play in the quarter-finals of a ranking event for the first time in his career, where he lost 4–1 to Mark Williams. He also reached the third round of the Indian Open and Paul Hunter Classic and was defeated 4–2 by Nigel Bond and 4–1 by Zack Richardson. Astley qualified for the International Championship by beating Peter Ebdon 6–3 and then saw off Mark King 6–4 once in China, before losing 6–2 to Mark Selby. He finished his first year back on the tour ranked world number 76.

 

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