Those have been published yesterday:
WSF Junior Open / WSF Open 2020 – Draws Released
28th December 2019
The group stage draws have today been released for the WSF Junior Open and WSF Open tournaments to be played in Malta from 4-17 January 2020.
Organised by the World Snooker Federation (WSF), together with the Malta Billiards and Snooker Federation (MBSA), the prestigious tournaments have attracted over 200 entries from players of 40 nationalities.
To be staged across two venues, the db San Antonio Hotel and the Malta Snooker Academy, each open competition has a diverse field including former professionals, future stars, players with disabilities and female players.
As well as the honour of becoming champion for 2020, the winner of each competition will also earn a coveted two-year card to the professional World Snooker Tour from the start of the 2020/21 season.
Jason Ferguson, WSF President said: “I am delighted by the level of entries that we have received from players across the globe for our upcoming tournaments in Malta.
“In the junior competition we see young players who are the future of our sport and it is crucial that we are able to provide opportunities such as this to allow them to qualify for the professional circuit and achieve their dream. Several of these players have already begun to make a name for themselves in important tournaments and I am excited to see who will emerge victorious.
“The Open tournament also as an equally intriguing field which includes a mix of familiar and new faces. Whether it is a former professional hoping to earn another chance at the main tour, or a new winner such as our previous champion Luo Honghao, who has since gone on to make an impact at the highest level, this year’s winner in Malta will have fully earned their opportunity.
“I would like to wish all of the players competing the best of luck in Malta and also to thank our wonderful hosts at the MBSA for all of their hard work and support so far.”
Further information, including the full match schedule will be sent to players over the next few days.
That’s 55 entries for the junior event, that’s not bad at all. Some are as young as only 12. Amongst then Bulcsú Révész who I have seen play in an exhibition in Budapest when he was 10. He was already a good potter but of course, at that age, the tactical side of the game was quite rudimentary. There are also 4 Belgians in the draw; Ben Mertens and Julien Leclerc could do some damage.
There are a few interesting names in the “Main” event as well, that has 158 entries if I counted correctly. It’s a good line-up. Those who follow the seniors tour (WSS) and disability tour (WDBS) will recognise several names. I’m particularly please to see disability players there, eager to compete with ablebodied players.
A number of juniors have entered both events. Amongst them Iulian Boiko, Ben Mertens and Julien Leclerc.
As you would expect, you also have a good number of former pros, notably Jamie Jones whose ban has now come to an end. Also in the draw is Tony Drago, who wasn’t able to compete in the inaugural event because of ill health.
Good luck to all.