Up and Down: The biggest ranking moves during the 2023/24 snooker season

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How the professional snooker rankings changed throughout the 2023/24 season; looking at who gained and who dropped

Starting in June and finishing in May, the 2023/24 professional season is now over. It has been an intriguing campaign with a full programme of Chinese events for the first time in nearly four years following Covid disruption.

Those big money tournaments have helped contribute to a changing world rankings landscape, with respective prize-money effectively transferred into points. Below is a list of the top 64 players from the end of season rankings and how their ranking position changed from the start to the end of the term. We also specifically look at the biggest swings in both directions.

Some of the ranking changes show how much difference a few chunks of money coming off a two-year cumulative list can make

Note: We have only looked at the top 64 as these are a ‘truer’ reflection of the rankings; many of those outside the top 64 are either on the first or second year of their two-season tour cards so don’t have points to defend from previous seasons. In the top 64 list below, we have highlighted who this affects.

However, special mentions to Si Jiahui, Michael White, Aaron Hill, Sanderson Lam and David Lilley for all getting into the top 64 within two seasons.

Martin O’Donnell, in only his first season back on the tour, has already broken into the top 64 and will surely continue to go up with any prize money he earns this season. He Guoqiang - the WST Rookie of the Year - and Daniel Wells are also on the cusp of the top 64 after only one season.

Biggest ranking position increases

Zhang Anda (up 48)

Jak Jones, Dominic Dale (up 23)

Lyu Haotian (up 17)

Robbie Williams (up 14)

Yuan Sijun, Wu Yize (up 12)

Tom Ford, Mark Davis (up 11)

Biggest ranking position decreases

Jimmy Robertson (down 23)

Neil Robertson (down 22)

Joe Perry (down 19)

Fan Zhengyi (down 16)

Anthony Hamilton (down 14)

Anthony McGill, Graeme Dott (down 13)

Ricky Walden (down 11)

Ben Woollaston (down 10)

End of season ranking list (top 64) and positional change of each player from start of season to end:

1) Mark Allen (up 2)

2) Judd Trump (up 2)

3) Kyren Wilson (up 5)

4) Luca Brecel (down 2)

5) Ronnie O'Sullivan (down 4)

6) Mark Selby (down 1)

7) Shaun Murphy (no change)

8) Ding Junhui (up 9)

9) Mark Williams (up 1)

10) Ali Carter (up 2)

11) Gary Wilson (up 4)

12) Zhang Anda (up 48)

13) Tom Ford (up 11)

14) Jak Jones (up 23)

15) Barry Hawkins (up 5)

16) John Higgins (down 7)

17) Robert Milkins (down 4)

18) Ryan Day (down 2)

19) Jack Lisowski (down 5)

20) Si Jiahui (up 16) - second season

21) Hossein Vafaei (down 3)

22) David Gilbert (down 1)

23) Zhou Yuelong (up 4)

24) Chris Wakelin (up 7)

25) Stuart Bingham (no change)

26) Noppon Saengkham (up 3)

27) Pang Junxu (up 8)

28) Neil Robertson (down 22)

29) Joe O'Connor (up 4)

30) Lyu Haotian (up 17)

31) Stephen Maguire (up 1)

32) Anthony McGill (down 13)

33) Ricky Walden (down 11)

34) Xiao Guodong (up 9)

35) Cao Yupeng (up 7)

36) Robbie Williams (up 14)

37) Matthew Selt (down 7)

38) Yuan Sijun (up 12)

39) Wu Yize (up 12)

40) Dominic Dale (up 23)

41) Jamie Jones (up 4)

42) Elliot Slessor (up 7)

43) Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (down 3)

44) Jordan Brown (down 6)

45) Jackson Page (up 3)

46) Sam Craigie (up 7)

47) Joe Perry (down 19)

48) Matthew Stevens (down 4)

49) Jimmy Robertson (down 23)

50) Fan Zhengyi (down 16)

51) Scott Donaldson (up 3)

52) Tian Pengfei (up 3)

53) Anthony Hamilton (down 14)

54) Graeme Dott (down 13)

55) Michael White (up 23) - second season

56) Ben Woollaston (down 10)

57) Mark Davis (up 11)

58) Xu Si (up 8)

59) Jamie Clarke (down 1)

60) Aaron Hill (up 35) - second season

61) David Grace (down 5)

62) Sanderson Lam (up 35) - second season

63) Martin O'Donnell (no previous ranking, first season)

64) David Lilley (up 18) - second season

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