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Following extensive consultation between WST, the WPBSA and our many partners in China, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 China Open.
This flagship China event had been scheduled for March 30 to April 5 in Beijing, however considering the current health and travel situation in China our highest priority has to be the welfare of our players, staff and the many fans who travel around China and beyond.
Discussions with our partners in terms of staging this event at a later date are ongoing. In the meantime, our thoughts are with all of our many friends across China and in particular those affected by the coronavirus.
and add to it this tweet by the generally very well informed Hector Nunns
announce 2020 China Open cancelled on health grounds, coronavirus. No set plans to re-run, though could happen next season. Last major event before Crucible is top-8-only Tour Championship. May now get more entries for Gibraltar Open, 128-draw event preceding that.
I can only suppose that this means that the China Open qualifiers will also be cancelled. Otherwise if the event is only staged next season, players who qualify might no more be on tour, and the rookies wouldn’t get a chance to qualify. I would make no sense.
And, of course, unless the situation gets under control rapidly, other Chinese events played early in the season might be in doubt as well.
First round matches for the current top four seeds have been scheduled for next week’s Coral World Grand Prix in Cheltenham.
Judd Trump, Shaun Murphy, Mark Selby and Ding Junhui have all had their opening matches scheduled, while other top stars in the draw such as Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins, Mark Williams, Mark Allen and local favourite Jack Lisowski will be given slots in due course.
The tournament at the Centaur Venue at Cheltenham Racecourse runs from February 3-9. Only the top 32 players on the one-year ranking list will qualify.
The final counting event is this week’s German Masters in Berlin, so the race to the line could run until Sunday. The full line-up and schedule for the event will then be announced.
The current top four on the list have been scheduled as follows:
Mark Selby v opponent: Monday February 3rd at 7pm
Ding Junhui v opponent: Tuesday February 4th at 1pm
Judd Trump v opponent: Tuesday February 4th at 7pm
Shaun Murphy v opponent: Tuesday February 4th at 7pm
The draw is seeded so that number one plays number 32 and so on.
Tickets are still available but are selling fast so fans should book quickly. They start at just £15 with some incredible VIP packages available from just £75.
For details call 0871 620 7052 or visit www.wst.tv/tickets
The tournament was staged in Cheltenham Racecourse for the first time last year, and Bristol’s Trump took the title by beating Ali Carter in the final.
Televised live by ITV4, the event has total prize money of £380,000.
The Coral World Grand Prix is the first of the Coral Series events, with the top 16 going through to the Coral Players Championship in Southport (February 24 to March 1) and then only the top eight make the Coral Tour Championship in Llandudno (March 17-22).
As it stands currently, provided that his participation is confirmed, Ronnie is set to play David Gilbert in his opening match.