Name: Ju Reti
DOB: 19th September 1983
Turned Pro: 2014
Highest Ranking: N/A
Highest Break: 142 (2013 AT2)
Career Highlights: 2013 AT2 champion, 2014 AT4 last 16
2013/14 – Tour Qualification
Competing as an amateur during the season’s four Asian Tour events, Chinese farmer Ju Reti caused a shock at the Asian Tour 2 event by winning seven matches, including two against professionals Cao Yupeng and in the final Michael Holt, to become the first amateur to win a professional title carrying ranking points.
Ju told World Snooker:
“I’ve been practising hard for years so I think I deserve this win, I wasn’t feeling pressure when facing Michael Holt and I was confident. I played an open match.
“Many thanks to Mr Wang, the owner of the club I practise in, he’s been supporting me all the way. I felt confident during the tournament and it seemed like I was going to get a great result here. This is my first title in a big tournament.
“I made four maximum breaks in practice before the tournament. I guess the main reason for my form could be that I do not smoke and do not drink either. I kept practising and thinking about my snooker.”
As a result of his success, Ju finished high enough on the Asian Order of Merit to earn a two-year tour card from the start of the 2014/15 season.
During his first season as a professional Ju would enter just three main tour events, all at Asian Tour level as he looked to repeat his surprise win the previous season.
There was though to be no further silverware, two last 32 runs representing his best results before he was stopped by Leicester duo Ben Woollaston and Tom Ford.