Some Tour News – 25 August 2020

Some “news” about Tour and the coming season

Ken Doherty has been given a new invitational  two years card (WST)

Former World Champion Ken Doherty has been awarded an invitational tour card to keep his place on the professional circuit for at least the next two years.

One of snooker’s great ambassadors, Irishman Doherty has played on the pro tour since 1990, winning six ranking titles including the 1997 World Championship.

Last weekend he reached the final of the World Seniors Championship, losing 5-4 to Jimmy White.

Doherty, age 50, finished the 2019/20 season ranked 68th in the world, narrowly missing out on a top 64 place which would have seen him keep his card automatically.

But WST has now decided to award the Dubliner an invitational card for the second time, having first given him that status in 2017.

WST Chairman Barry Hearn said: “Ken has been a fabulous servant to snooker over the past three decades, as a player, ambassador and television commentator. He is a fantastic asset to the tour and his love of our sport is undiminished. He is also extremely competitive on the pro tour. We are delighted to give him this chance to remain as a World Snooker Tour player for another two years.”

Here is a what we know about the 2020/21 calendar so far


The CLS is the first event on the calendar, due to start in less than three weeks.

Emily Frazer, Managing Director of Matchroom Multi Sport Ltd, tweeted this yesterday

Emily Frazer CLS entries tweet

Asked if it would be on TV, she answered that this is the plan and that they are still working on it.

Meanwhile WST put a poll on twitter asking if Ronnie will win a 7th World Title.

Ray Reardon believes he can (BBC)

Ronnie O’Sullivan: Ray Reardon says Stephen Hendry’s World Championship record is under threat

Ray and Ron
Ray Reardon left coached O’Sullivan for two years from 2004

Snooker legend Ray Reardon says fellow six-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan can move beyond Stephen Hendry’s record total of seven titles.

Reardon became the first man to win six world crowns in 1978, a feat not bettered until Hendry in 1999.

O’Sullivan beat Kyren Wilson 18-8 in the final last week to clinch his sixth title and draw level with his former coach Reardon and Steve Davis.

Reardon told BBC Radio Devon O’Sullivan is “incredible”.

“He’s the best player I’ve ever seen in my life, including Hendry, Davis and many others of the past,” added Welshman Reardon, 87.

O’Sullivan is never far from controversy and during this year’s tournament, which was re-scheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 45-year-old criticised the standard of young players coming through to challenge him.

He has also been open with his struggles with mental health during his career, which has seen him win a record 37 ranking titles since he won the first of his seven UK Championship titles as a 17-year-old in 1993.

“When he loses the plot anybody could beat him. It depends what frame of mind he’s in. He’s an unusual character really. He’s amazing,” added Reardon.

“He’s passionate about it. I know he doesn’t say it. He says some silly things sometimes, but he loves snooker.

“He’s the most natural thing you’ll ever see. He must have been born with a block of chalk in his mouth.”


7 thoughts on “Some Tour News – 25 August 2020

  1. Did you see Betfred's interview after the Worlds with Ronnie? He talked about Ray (and the other greats, Davis and Hendry), very amusing watching him tell a little story, imitating his speech a bit (5:15 in).

  2. Thankyou Monique for helping me keep up with all the snooker news and all your insightful comments

  3. Ronnie choose always the right shots, and so underrated how Great tactical player he is.
    (and the pandemic WSC? powerfull front-running of strategy. what a complex victory!)
    Thank you Mr. Reardon!

  4. Ray Reardon wasn’t the first to win six world championships. Before him there were Joe Davis with 15, Fred Davis and John Pulman with 8. Reardon won only one of his six titles at the Crucible in 1978. The player who has won more worlds at the Crucible is Hendry with 7. Then Davis and Ronnie with 6. So, considering only the world championships in Sheffield, Ronnie has equalled Steve Davis.
    For me the modern era of snooker began in 1977 when the world championship was staged at the Crucible for the first time.

    • That’s the most common view, and Neal Foulds (I think it was him, if not another ES pundit) made the same comment during the World Championship.

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