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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.