James Wattana


Three-time Event Winner

Highest Pro Ranking

3 (1994/5)



Thailand’s James Wattana is a three-time ranking event winner and former world number three, who played a significant role in the growth and development of snooker during the 1980s and 1990s.

A former world and three-time Asian amateur champion, Wattana turned professional in 1989 and won his first ranking title within three years following a 9-5 success against John Parrott to win the 1992 Strachan Open.

His most famous successes would come on home soil at the Thailand Open, which he won in both 1994 and 1995, defeating Steve Davis and Ronnie O’Sullivan to do so.

Wattana is a two-time World Championship semi-finalist (1993 and 1997) and has also compiled three maximum breaks during his career, one of a select number of players to have done so.