The Q-School is barely over and already Worldsnooker has published the draw and format for the two first ranking events of the new season: the Riga Masters and the International Championship.
The draws for the qualifying rounds of the Kaspersky Riga Masters and the International Championship have been made.
These are the first two ranking events of the 2019-20 season, with the qualifiers to be played at Ponds Forge in Sheffield from June 10 to 17.
Please note that players who have qualified from Q School will have the opportunity to enter these events and the updated draws will be issued once places are filled.
Tickets for the 2019 Kaspersky Riga Masters are now on sale. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
The tournament will run from July 26-28 at the Arena Riga in Latvia.
Unsurprisingly, Ronnie has entered neither of them.
The Riga Masters unfortunately isn’t a “rich” tournament and there are always a number of top players who skip it. Ronnie, John Higgins, Mark Allen and John Higgins are giving it a miss and that will surprise nobody. But Judd Trump also is missing from the draw. He’s the World Champion for the first time and, maybe, one could have expected him to be there at the opening event of the new season.
The International Championship of course has a big prize money and everyone is there … except Ronnie.