Joe Swail

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Joe Swail
Joe Swail
birthday 29th August 1969 (age 51)
place of birth Belfast
nationality Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Northern Ireland
Nickname (s) The outlaw
professional 1991–2012, 2013–2019
Prize money £ 1,290,086
Highest break 142 ( China Open 1999 , Q; Irish Professional Championship 2005 )
Century Breaks 124
Main tour successes
World championships -
Ranking tournament victories -
Minor tournament victories 1
World rankings
Highest WRL place 10 ( 01/02 )

Joe Swail (born August 29, 1969 in Belfast ) is a Northern Irish snooker player .


Swail made his professional debut in 1991. He was previously an English amateur champion and a finalist in the Northern Irish amateur championships.

His greatest successes include the semi-finals at the World Championships in Sheffield in 2000 and 2001 and his finals at the Welsh Open 2009, where he lost to Allister Carter 5: 9, as well as his victory in one of the three Strachan Challenges (a tournament series that started in 1992 / 1993 was held once and in which there were a tenth of the usual ranking points). He also won the Irish Professional Championship twice .

At the German Masters 2011 he made it to the quarterfinals. Nevertheless, at the end of the 2011/12 season he dropped out of the top 64 of the world rankings and no longer played on the Main Tour in 2012/13 . Nevertheless, he made it to the final of the Paul Hunter Classic 2012 , in which he was defeated by Mark Selby 4-1. At the end of the season, he finished 18th in the PTC ranking and qualified as the best non-professional via the “Order of Merit” for two years on the Main Tour again from the 2013/14 season .

Again in the first year it was the PTC tournaments that earned him world ranking points, he only won his opening match twice at the major tournaments, and his best result of the season was again the quarter-finals at the Paul Hunter Classic . With two victories at the World Cup , he managed to establish himself in the top 100 at the end of the season. The following season went much better. In several tournaments he reached round 3, at the 2014 Shanghai Masters he was among the last 32 and at the International Championship he defeated world number two Neil Robertson and made it to the round of 16. Also at the Ruhr Open he came under the last 16. With two victories at the world championship he secured 64th place among the snooker professionals and thus the last place that secures the Main Tour stay.

A solid 2015/16 season followed, with the UK Championship round of 16 as the climax. He established himself among the top 64. In the snooker shoot-out , a quick snooker format , he was in the semifinals.


Swail has a congenital hearing loss. He told the BBC that this will help him at the World Championships, as the cheering of the crowd and other background noise from the next table will not affect him as much.

His nickname is The Outlaw , a play on the film The Outlaw Josey Wales .


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  2. a b c Career-total Statistics for Joe Swail. Professional. In: CueTracker Snooker Results & Statistics Database. Ron Florax, accessed September 14, 2019 .
  3. Centuries By Joe Swail In Season 1999-2000. In: CueTracker Snooker Results & Statistics Database. Ron Florax, accessed August 9, 2018 .
  4. Centuries By Joe Swail In Season 2005-2006. In: CueTracker Snooker Results & Statistics Database. Ron Florax, accessed August 9, 2018 .
  5. snookerinfo centuries accessed on September 14, 2019

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