|birthday||2nd May 1962 (age 58)|
|place of birth||London|
|Nickname (s)||The Whirlwind|
|Prize money||(as of August 27, 2020)|
|Highest break||147 ( WM 1992 )|
|Century Breaks||(as of August 27, 2020)|
|Main tour successes|
|Ranking tournament victories||10|
|Minor tournament victories||-|
|Highest WRL place||2 ( 87/88 - 88/89 )|
|111 (as of August 17, 2020)|
White started snooker at the age of nine. Together with Tony Meo , he is said to have skipped school in order to be able to practice. It is even said that when he was a teenager, the headmaster of his school allowed him to skip classes in the afternoon as long as he visited him at least in the morning.
At first he was supported by a taxi driver and also driven to local prize money tournaments. Jimmy White first caught on when he won the National Under 16 Championship . In this age group he was considered the best snooker player of all time. At 16 years and 11 months he won the English Amateur Championships and thus qualified for the IBSF Amateur World Championship , where he is the youngest winner to this day (as of February 2015) (he was 18 years and 191 days old at the time).
In 1980 he switched to the professional camp. In his first year he qualified for the world championship at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield. However, he lost to eventual world champion Steve Davis in round 1 .
In 1981 he won the Northern Ireland Classic . In the spring of 1982 he made it to the semi-finals of the World Cup, which he lost to Alex Higgins after a 15:14 lead and a supposedly secure lead in the 30th frame after a legendary break from Higgins with 15:16. The encounter is one of the best ever played at a world championship. After a year and a half as a professional, White took 10th place in the world rankings.
In 1984 he reached the final of the World Cup for the first time, which he lost to Steve Davis at 16:18. Two years later, he won his first world ranking tournament, the Mercantile Credit Classic . In 1987 he was number 2 in the world, the best position in his career.
From 1990 to 1994 he reached the final of the World Cup five times in a row, but he never won it. In part he lost the games in a dramatic way that is so typical for him: in 1992 he led against Stephen Hendry with 14: 8 and was still defeated with 14:18, in 1994 he missed (again against Hendry) at 17:17 a " simple “black ball from the spot - Hendry cleared away and White had once again missed the world title.
His first round defeat against Jack Lisowski during qualifying for the 2017 World Cup led to the loss of his eligibility to play on the Main Tour after 37 years of service. Due to the World Cup anniversaries taking place this year, 90 years since the first edition in 1927 and 40 years of the Crucible Theater, Barry Hearn , Chairman of the World Snooker Association, WPBSA , gave him and Ken Doherty “invitation cards” for the first time for two more seasons until 2019., the on May 3, 2019 for him was extended for two more years.
White reached numerous finals during his career, including the finals of triple crown tournaments listed below . All other finals can be found under the link above.
|winner||1984||Masters||Terry Griffiths||9: 5|
|finalist||1984||World Snooker Championship||Steve Davis||16:18|
|finalist||1986||Masters||Cliff Thorburn||5: 9|
|finalist||1987||UK Championship||Steve Davis||14:16|
|finalist||1990||World Snooker Championship||Stephen Hendry||12:18|
|finalist||1991||World Snooker Championship||John Parrott||11:18|
|finalist||1991||UK Championship||John Parrott||13:16|
|finalist||1992||World Snooker Championship||Stephen Hendry||14:18|
|winner||1992||UK Championship||John Parrott||16: 9|
|finalist||1993||World Snooker Championship||Stephen Hendry||5:18|
|finalist||1994||World Snooker Championship||Stephen Hendry||17:18|
His nickname "Whirlwind of London Town" refers to his fast-paced game. The "whirlwind" is one of the most popular snooker players. In addition to his playing style, he is also known for his exceptional fairness. Because of his six partially dramatic defeats in World Cup finals, he has the reputation of being the best snooker player who has never become world champion.
White is the holder of the MBE . Jimmy White lost a World Cup final to three of the five other snooker players who received the same honor: John Parrott , Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry (the other two players are Mark Williams and John Higgins ).
In 2004 he was arrested for possession of drugs ( cocaine ), but got away with a police warning.
From November 15 to December 4, 2009 he took part in the British television show I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! part and came third.
Jimmy White is married with five children.
- Profile of Jimmy White on CueTracker (as of August 9, 2018)
- Jimmy White and Ken Doherty given tour cards by World Snooker. BBC-online April 14, 2017, archived from the original April 15, 2017 ; accessed on April 15, 2017 (English).
- Main Tour Qualification 2019/20 - Update to World Snooker accessed on May 5, 2019
- Jimmy White third in I'm a celebrity
- Player profile at World Snooker (English)
- Jimmy White, Rosemary Kingsland: Behind the White Ball: My Autobiography . Ed .: Hutchinson. London 1998, ISBN 0-09-180126-5 . (English)
- Aubrey Malone: Whirlwind: The Incredible Story of Jimmy White . Ed .: Know the Score Books. 2009, ISBN 1-84818-742-4 . (English)
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||White, James Warren (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||English snooker player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 2, 1962|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||London|