The Pocket Dynamo
Date of Birth: 12 May 1977
Nickname: The Pocket Dynamo, The Pocket Rocket, Dott the Pot, pot the Lot Dott
highest Ranking: 2
Highest Break: 147
World Champion 2006
Graeme Dott is a Scottish professional snooker player and snooker coach from Larkhall. He turned professional in 1994 and first entered the top 16 in 2001. He has won two ranking titles, the 2006 World Snooker Championship and the 2007 China Open, and was runner-up in the World Championships of 2004 and 2010.
He reached number 2 in the world rankings in 2007, but a subsequent episode of clinical depression seriously affected his form, causing him to drop to number 28 for the 2009/2010 season. He then recovered his form, regained his top-16 ranking, and reached a third World Championship final. In 2011, he published his autobiography, Frame of Mind: The Autobiography of the World Snooker Champion.
After winning the UK Under-19 Championship in 1992 and Scottish Amateur Championship in 1993, Dott turned professional in 1994. He slowly climbed the rankings, reaching the top sixteen in 2001, where he remained until 2009.
Early successes included reaching the quarter-final of the 1996 Welsh Open and qualifying for the World Championship for the first time in 1997. Dott was a runner-up in the 1999 Scottish Open, the 2001 British Open, the 2004 World Championship and the 2005 Malta Cup. He scored his only competitive 147 break in the 1999 British Open.
Dott started his campaign with an easy 10–3 victory over former champion John Parrott, before beating veteran Nigel Bond 13–9 in the second round. His quarter-final match was against Australia’s Neil Robertson, and after leading 12–8, he was pegged back to 12–12, before edging through the deciding frame, winning the tie 13–12.
In the semi-finals he faced former two-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan in a rematch of the 2004 final. At 8–8 after the second session of four sessions, O’Sullivan failed to win a single frame in the third session and Dott dominated play to win easily 17–11.
Dott faced Peter Ebdon in the final for the £200,000 prize. He began the last session of the match leading 15–7, but Ebdon won six successive frames to reduce his deficit to two frames. Dott eventually won by 18 frames to 14, after winning some vital frames with marvelous clearances.
It was the longest final ever and was, at the time, the latest to finish (John Higgins’s victory over Mark Selby the following year now holds the record). The previous record holder was the classic final frame last black ball finish 1985 final between Englishman Steve Davis and Northern Irishman Dennis Taylor, which finished at 12:19 a.m. (GMT).
The Dott-Ebdon match finished half an hour later, this despite featuring three fewer frames, reflecting the slow overall pace of the match. The average frame length was such that both afternoon sessions only had six frames, instead of the usual eight.
Moreover, at just over 74 minutes, the 27th frame was the then longest in the history of the World Championship (until 2009), even beating the 70-minute mark of the previous record set by Canadian Cliff Thorburn and Welshman Doug Mountjoy.
The victory over Ebdon took his ranking up to number 6 for 2006/07 season, a career high at the time.
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