Ali Carter profile
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Name: Ali Carter
Date of birth: 25/07/79 (34)
World ranking: 11
Crucible best: Finalist 2008 and 2012
It has been a traumatic season for Ali Carter who revealed he was suffering with testicular cancer last July and was forced to take a break from the game while he underwent treatment.
But just three weeks later the Colchester potter was delighted to announce that he had been given the all-clear.
The 34-year-old, who holds a full pilot's licence, was also diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2003 which he has partly controlled by cutting out various things in his diet.
His best this season has been the semi-finals at the recent China Open when he was beaten by Neil Robertson, after a good run that had seen him beat Ricky Walden and Peter Ebdon among others.
But Carter has been consistent with several runs to the last 16 and that has seen him jump up to current number 11 in the world rankings, after starting the campaign at 16.
On form he is a match for anyone and after twice being a beaten finalist, he certainly knows how to deal with the unique demands of the Crucible.