Name: Duane Jones
DOB: 30th April 1993
Turned Pro: 2015
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Highest Break: #N/A
Career Highlights: 2015 Q School qualifier, 2014 China Open last 64, 2013 ET7 last 64
Duane Jones began his snooker career at the age of 12, reportedly having seen Jimmy White making the game ‘look easy’ on television and within a few years had progressed to be the Welsh U-16 captain and youngest player to have won the Invitation Singles title in the Aberdare Valley Snooker League.
From 2011 Duane regularly competed at PTC events, as well as attempting to gain a tour place through Q School, coming agonisingly close in both 2013 and 2014, losing in the final round of both occasions.
His performances were enough however to see him finish high enough on the Q School Order of Merit to enter a limited number of professional events and at the 2014 China Open qualifiers he recorded a career-best 5-2 victory against top 16 player Joe Perry, including breaks of 141, 137, 75 and 74.
A year later at the 2015 Q School it was to be third time lucky for Duane as he defeated Alex Davies, Dessie Sheehan, Scott MacFarlane, Jordan Brown and finally highly-rated youngster Zhao Xintong to earn a two-year tour card from the start of the 2015/16 season.