Top 10 Shots | 2022 Cazoo UK Championship

Ben Mertens

  • Title

    2022 European Under-21 Champion
  • Nationality

    Belgian
  • Turned Pro

    2022
  • Highest Tournament Break

    126
  • Location

    Westrem, Belgium
  • D.O.B

    13 October 2004
  • Money List Earnings

    £5,000
  • Nickname

    The Boy Wonder
Season Stats
  • Frames Played

    45
  • Frames Won

    21
  • Frames Lost

    24
  • Frames Won Percentage

    46.67%
  • Shots Played

    1160
  • Shots Per Frame

    25.78
  • Breaks Over 50

    11
  • 50 Break Rate

    4.09
  • Breaks Over 100

    2
  • 100 Break Rate

    22.5

Career highlights:

2018: Wins the world under-16 title, beating Aaron Hill in the final.

2019: Makes his debut in a televised match at the Shoot Out and beats James Wattana. Represents Belgium alongside Luca Brecel in the World Cup in China, playing televised matches against the likes of John Higgins and Ding Junhui. They top their group before losing in the quarter-finals.

2020: Age just 15, becomes the youngest player ever to win a match in the World Championship (a record beaten by Liam Davies in 2022) with a 6-2 victory over James Cahill. He then leads Sam Baird 4-2 in the second qualifying round but loses 6-4. Reaches the semi-finals of both the European Under-18 and Under-21 Championships.

2022: Reaches the final round of Q School before losing 4-2 to Zak Surety. Turns professional for the first time after winning the European Under-21 Championship, beating Florian Nuessle 5-1 in the final to earn a two-year tour card.

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