And the fitters have been hard at work at the K2
From what I understood, despite vilifying Ronnie for his comments last year – comments that David Hendon, who was on site , confirmed to be justified to a reasonable extend – Worldsnooker has adressed some of the issues he mentioned, notably by making sure that players don’t have to cross areas where the public are enjoying other activities when on their way to and back from their matches. There also seem to be plenty of practice tables this time.
Fans coming to next week’s 19.com English Open at K2 Crawley will be able to enjoy free coaching, a chance to play our official video game…and much more!
A new FanZone in the lower foyer at the venue will include:
Two mini tables from our official table supplier Star Xing Pai, with free tips and advice from WPBSA Coaching Consultant Chris Lovell. This runs from 9am to 7pm from Monday to Thursday and 11am to 7pm on Friday to Sunday.
An Instagram Wall where fans can have their pictures taken, with the best ones shared on our official account. Open all day.
Two gaming pods where fans can play our fantastic official video game Snooker19 which was launched earlier this year to worldwide acclaim. This runs from 9am to 7pm from Monday to Thursday and 11am to 7pm on Friday to Sunday.
Also don’t miss the chance to buy an official programme and radio earpiece from our vendors in the foyer.
World Snooker’s Event Director Katie Oldfield said: “We are making a range of innovations to the Home Nations Series this season including a new dress code for the players, a new Snooker Radio service, and the FanZone at the venue.
“This is all about improving the fan experience for anyone who comes to the venue and wants to enjoy the whole occasion as well as the snooker itself.
“Fans of any age can come along and find out what our sport is all about, and the free coaching is a great ch
Our new Snooker Radio service, to launch next week at the 19.com English Open, will give fans around the world the chance to keep up with the latest news and results.
Snooker Radio will be available via this website for free, and also on a second channel on the commentary earpieces on sale at the venue in Crawley.
Presented by expert analysts Hector Nunns and Michael McMullan, Snooker Radio will include commentary from table two at the 19.com English Open (the first channel on the earpieces provides commentary on table one) as well as information on latest scores and results on the other tables, plus live interviews with players and other guests.
Just visit this website next Monday (October 14) and you’ll find a link to listen to Snooker Radio, from anywhere in the world. We hope fans enjoy this new service!
Listening to last week interviews, I don’t have the feeling that Ronnie is confident. It’s only normal considering that he hasn’t played much at all this season and will lack match sharpness. The short format will not help. He is also bound to play two very hard matches early in the competition: a last 64 against Yuan Sijun or Igor Figueiredo and a last 32 possibly against Hossein Vafaei. But of course he needs to beat Jamie O’Neil first.
Fingers crossed. Good luck Ronnie!