Martin Gould

Martin Gould

English professional snooker player
Date of Birth: 14.09.1981
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Martin Gould
  2. Early Career
  3. Rise in the Rankings
  4. Breakthrough and Near-Success
  5. Personal Life and Achievements

Biography of Martin Gould

Martin Gould was born on September 14, 1981, in Pinner, a town in Greater London, England. He started playing snooker at a young age and showed great promise. At 14, he made his first century break, and at 16, he achieved his first maximum break.

Early Career

In 2002, Gould won his first English Amateur Championship and reached the semi-finals of the European Championship. The following season, he made it to the final qualifying round of the World Championship but was eliminated by Patrick Wallace. However, Gould set a personal record of 137 points break in that tournament.

After a disappointing season in 2003/04, Gould lost his professional status until his comeback in 2007. He won his second English Amateur Championship that year, which allowed him to rejoin the main tour.

Rise in the Rankings

Gould's 2007/08 season marked a turning point in his career. He qualified for several prestigious tournaments, including the Northern Ireland Trophy, the UK Championship, and the World Championship. These performances helped him secure a place in the Top 64 rankings.

In the 2008/09 season, Gould continued to make progress, reaching the first rounds of the UK Championship and the World Championship. He achieved his best performance by reaching the last 16 of the Welsh Open, where he defeated Stephen Hendry 5-3. As a result, Gould climbed to the 46th position in the world rankings.

Breakthrough and Near-Success

The 2009/10 season was a significant one for Gould. He narrowly missed causing an upset at the World Championship, defeating Marco Fu in the last 16 before losing to Neil Robertson in a thrilling deciding frame. Nevertheless, this performance was the highlight of his career at the time and propelled him to 43rd in the world rankings.

Gould's achievements in the following season were more modest. He reached the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters and the quarter-finals of the World Open. He also had strong showings in the Players Tour Championship events, reaching the final in one and the semi-finals in another.

In 2011, Gould won the Power Snooker invitational tournament, further cementing his reputation as a talented player. He continued to make progress in the rankings, reaching 21st place by the end of the season.

Personal Life and Achievements

Despite his success in snooker, Gould had to work as a casino croupier due to the lack of substantial earnings in the sport. However, frequent tournament commitments forced him to leave this job.

Gould's notable achievements include winning the English Championship in 2002 and 2007. He reached the final of the Players Tour Championship in 2010/11 and the quarter-finals of the World Open in the same year. He also reached the last 16 of the World Championship in 2010 and 2011.

Overall, Martin Gould's career has been marked by steady progress and notable performances. He continues to compete at the highest level and remains a respected figure in the world of snooker.