Ali Carter

The Captain

Five Ranking Titles

World Ranking


Money List Earnings


One Year List Earnings




Date of Birth


Turned Pro



147 - 3 times

WST High Break




Ali Carter is a two-time World Championship runner-up and former world number two who has been an ever-present on the tour since 1998.

Nicknamed ‘The Captain’ in a nod to his hobby of piloting aeroplanes when not at the baize, the Englishman has won five ranking event titles from 13 finals during his career to date, including the Welsh Open, Shanghai Masters, German Masters and World Open tournaments. His most recent success came at the 2023 German Masters, when he defeated Tom Ford 10-3 to claim the title for the second time in Berlin.

He has twice reached the World Championship final at the Crucible, losing out to Ronnie O’Sullivan on both occasions in 2008 and 2012 respectively. He is also one of only ten players to have made a 147 break at the event, doing so against Peter Ebdon on his way to his maiden final.

In January 2020 he also reached the final of the Masters for the first time, defeating former champions Mark Selby, John Higgins and Shaun Murphy before narrowly losing out 10-8 to fellow Essex-based player Stuart Bingham. He repeated this run once again in 2024, this time losing out to familiar foe O’Sullivan after beating Mark Williams, Judd Trump and Mark Allen to reach the title match at Alexandra Palace.

Carter reached the final of the snooker event staged at the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland, losing to countryman Kyren Wilson.


Carter was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2003, a condition which has at times affected his career on the table throughout his career.

He has twice received treatment for cancer, having been diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2013 and a tumour in his lung just under a year later. He returned to competition in October 2014, notably winning the invitational General Cup in Hong Kong.

Career Honours

WST Ranking Event Titles (5)

  • 2022/23: German Masters
  • 2016/17: World Open
  • 2012/13: German Masters
  • 2010/11: Shanghai Masters
  • 2008/09: Welsh Open

WST Minor-Ranking Event Titles (1)

  • 2015/16: Paul Hunter Classic

Professional Non-Ranking Event Titles (2)

  • 2014/15: General Cup
  • 1999/00: Masters Qualifying Event