Name: Adam Duffy
DOB: 30th March 1989
Turned Pro: 2011
Highest Ranking: #62
Highest Break: N/A
Career Highlights: 2012 Welsh Open last 48, 2012 World Championship last 64, 2011 UK Championship last 64, 2012 Haikou World Open last 64, 2011 PTC2 last 16
Eckington’s Adam Duffy first rose to prominence in 2008 as he became the second player to be awarded the Paul Hunter Scholarship, succeeding Welshman Daniel Wells for the 2008/9 season.
Having struggled to make a breakthrough during the 2009/10 PIOS campaign, finishing 41st in the rankings, Adam did enjoy more success during the new PTC series the following season with wins against the likes of Judd Trump, Alan McManus and Luca Brecel.
He then entered the new Q School event in the hope of securing a place on the main tour for 2011/12 but did not begin well with a round one defeat to Robbie Williams in the first event.
Event Two was to be improved however as he progressed through to the fourth round before losing out to Ireland’s David Morris before he went all the way in the final event with victories against Lyndon Gordon, Stephen Rowlings, Lee Walker, Alex Davies and David Gray to secure a place on the main tour for the first time.
Adam made a respectable start to his first season as a professional, his best run during the PTC events coming in Gloucester at PTC2 where he defeated Mark Joyce, Gary Wilson and then Mark Selby to reach the last 16 where he lost out to Yu Delu in a deciding frame.
Adam during the 2011 UK Championship qualifiers
His best run however was to come in qualifying for the the UK Championship where he was able to defeat Dechawat Poomjaeng and Alfie Burden to reach the third round before losing out 6-4 to Rory McLeod.
Adam continued to improve in 2012 as he won two matches at the Haikou World Open qualifiers, before defeating James Wattana and Jack Lisowski to reach the final qualifying round of the Welsh Open before being whitewashed by Peter Ebdon.
His season was to end at the World Championship qualifiers in Sheffield as given vociferous support by a partisan crowd in the Badminton Halls, he defeated both Lucky Vatnani and Adrian Gunnell to reach the penultimate qualifying round, before losing 10-7 to experienced Scot Jamie Burnett.
Though he could not make it to the Crucible however, this run combined with his other consistent performances were enough to cap a fine début season by seeing him move up into the world’s top 64 for the first time.
Following his strong début campaign, Adam was to suffer a poor start to the 2012/13 campaign, winning just five matches during its first 17 events to the turn of the year.
His struggles were to continue into 2013 as his sole win came against Egypt’s Mohamed Khairy, before his season was to come to an end with a 10-6 defeat to Northern Ireland’s Joe Swail at the World Championship qualifiers.
Adam’s fortunes were not to change during the following season, as he won just seven matches in all competitions, his best results being last 64 appearances at the UK Championship and International Championship tournaments.
As a result, Adam was to finish the season ranked 91st and was relegated from the main tour. He attempted to regain his place at the Q School in May 2014, however was defeated 5-3 by Welsh veteran Lee Walker in the final round of the second event.