A strange build-up to the new season

It’s been a strange second half of the 2019/20 season, and it’s a strange start of the new one …

The first event of the season is getting under way on Sunday, it’s a ranking event, but not a WST event; indeed it’s a Matchroom event. The event has its own twitter account. Yesterday we finally got to know the fixtures. But we still don’t know where we will able to watch it, or indeed if we will be able to watch it at all, because it it’s only on chosen betting sites, it’s a “no go” for many of us. People keep asking the question and keep getting “coming soon” as the answer. It may be coming soon, but it’s not coming fast. Let’s hope that like the fabled tortoise it comes out a winner eventually.

WST have got themselves a banner for the new season:

WSTSeasonPoster

It features all the winners of the previous season.

However, the original version, that they used on their twitter account for a short while was this:

WSTSeasonPoster-Trump

Bizarrely, Judd Trump. who was 2019/20 most prolific winner, was missing, leaving a “hole” between Neil Robertson and Ding. It got the fans talking and speculating. I can only suppose that someone at WST made a mistake and picked an unfinished version of the intended image …

That said… Judd Trump actually almost missed the start of the season.

Judd Mykonos Screenshot 2020-09-08 at 15.05.05

Phew!

Now, on a more serious note, WST has been publising some really good interviews in the build-up of the new season. Here are my picks so far:

Kyren Wilson reflects on his run to the World Championship final

Speaking about his rivalry with the Judd Trump, the crazy semi-final against Anthony McGill, the thrill of the walking down the Crucible steps for the Final, applauded by the crowd and learning from the experience.

They interviewed Fan Zhengyi, after his Q-school successful campaign

Fan has really struggled in his two first years as a professional. Shaun Murphy used to claim that if you are good enough, you are old enough, often referring at his own experience of turning professional at 15. What Shaun forgets is that he was surrounded by his family, competing mainly in his own country. Turning pro is a big step, the demands are huge. When, in addition, you have to expatriate, live far away from family and friends, immerge in a completely different culture and learn a completely different language, it can be too much when you are only 17. Fan wasn’t ready. He worked hard and vastly improved towards the end of last season. I’m glad he gets another chance.

They talked to Jamie Wilson, the youngest Q-school graduate

Jamie is a “cuestars” boy and works with Tim Dunkley. He’s only 16. He entered the Q-school mainly to gain experience … and managed to turn professional. Well done!

As well as to “veteran” Rory McLeod

Rory played on the Seniors tour last season. I met him there a few times. He was missing the professional tour terribly. He loves his snooker and is determined to enjoy every match. This season, thanks to the new agreement between WST and WSS he will be able to compete on both tours.

 

3 thoughts on “A strange build-up to the new season

  1. “Turning pro is a big step, the demands are huge. When, in addition, you have to expatriate, live far away from family and friends, immerge in a completely different culture and learn a completely different language, it can be too much when you are only 17. Fan wasn’t ready. He worked hard and vastly improved towards the end of last season. I’m glad he gets another chance.”

    that frustrate me many brits actually believe its a privilege to come here and play snooker..If the boot was on the other foot how would Jamie Wilson cope with going to China or for that matter Ronnie back in 1992?

    I do believe if your good enough your old enough but let’s see it from all angles and not from a selfish one.

    • They wouldn’t cope Edd. Most wouldn’t be able/willing to learn Chinese in the first place. Most of them can’t bl**dy learn another european language, much closer to English. Sorry … bit angry here. Living on a Greek island for months now and witnessing some – not all of course – UK tourists abusing my friends over their broken English, whilst themselves can’t speak a word of anything else but their native language.

    • I’m afraid “if you’re good enough you’re old enough” is a cliche. We’re not talking about guys in their early 20’s, we’re talking about boys as young as 15, speaking no English. There have been some pretty tragic cases: several young players have been attacked, one 15-year old could have been killed in a fire that was started deliberately, and many have a miserable time which obviously wrecks their snooker development. We have heard about British players even in their 30’s suffering from mental health issues. We’ve got to treat things like this a bit more sensitively – there’s valuable talent there going to waste.

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