News about the snooker tour …

A few news came about the tour and related broadcasting.

According to Rudy Bauwens, commentator on Eurosport NL, “The Joy of Six”  will only be shown on British Eurosport, which is a shame. I hope we, non UK fans, can still watch it at some point as well.

WST has published some information about uocoming tournaments.

The Champion of Champions will be played behind closed doors.

Champion Of Champions To Be Played Behind Closed Doors

The 2020 Champion of Champions will be staged behind closed doors at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, from Monday, November 2 until Sunday, November 8, live on ITV4.

Matchroom Multi Sport had been hoping to be able to allow spectators to attend the event, however, given the current government guidelines around fans at sporting events, the decision has been taken to stage the event behind closed doors.

The Champion of Champions will remain at Marshall Arena, where a strict ‘event bubble’ will be employed. Matchroom Multi Sport have already successfully staged two editions of Championship League Snooker, including the event in June which marked the return of live sport in the UK after the lockdown.

Champion of Champions is one of snooker’s showpiece events, featuring WST champions from the last 12 months. Neil Robertson will defend the title he won in an epic final against Judd Trump last year, while World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and European Masters winner Mark Selby are also among the other stars who will battle it out to be crowned Champion of Champions.

All ticket holders will receive automatic refunds of their order via the original point of purchase. Ticket holders should allow up to 30 days for this to be processed. Anybody who purchased tickets for the 2020 Champion of Champions will automatically be entitled to purchase tickets for next year’s event during an exclusive priority ticket sales period before they go on general sale.

The Champion of Champions will be broadcast live on ITV4 in the UK, and on global broadcast partners including DAZN and matchroom.live. The tournament starts with a quartet of four-man groups played over four days from Monday, November 2 until Thursday, November 5. The winner of each group progresses to the semi-finals, with one played on Friday, November 5 and the other on Saturday, November 7. The final on Sunday, November 8 will be over 19 frames.

The Group Stage draw for the 2020 Champion of Champions will take place during BetVictor Championship League Snooker on Tuesday, October 27 and will be shown on Champion of Champions Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, and on the Matchroom Multi Sport YouTube channel.

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS 2020 – QUALIFIED PLAYERS

Champions of Champions 2019 Neil Robertson
UK Championship 2019 Ding Junhui
The Masters 2020 Stuart Bingham
World Championship 2020 Ronnie O’Sullivan
European Masters 2020 Neil Robertson
German Masters 2020 Judd Trump
World Grand Prix 2020 Neil Robertson
Players Championship 2020 Judd Trump
Championship League Snooker 2019/20 Scott Donaldson
Championship League 2020 Luca Brecel
Tour Championship 2020 Stephen Maguire
European Masters 2020 (2) Mark Selby*
Championship League Snooker 2020 (2)
Northern Ireland Open 2019 Judd Trump
Scottish Open 2019 Mark Selby
Welsh Open 2020 Shaun Murphy
English Open 2020
World Championship Runner-up 2020 Kyren Wilson
Gibraltar Open 2020 Judd Trump
Shoot Out 2020 Michael Holt
World Seniors Championship 2020 Jimmy White

*As European Masters winner Mark Selby had already qualified for the Champion of Champions, Mark Allen will enter the event as the highest-ranked player not already qualified. Should the English Open and/or Championship League Snooker be won by players already qualified for the Champion of Champions, places will be awarded to the highest-ranked player(s) on the World Rankings after the English Open.

The part in bold may be bad news for us, Ronnie fans. Indeed the “strict event bubble” is the reason why Ronnie withdrew from the CLS. He usually loves the ITV events, but I’m not sure that he will want to enter this one if this is in operation. Also, I don’t understand why this is actually necessary whilst some events, like the current English Open, are played under a more relaxed approach despite involving a lot more players and officials, hence, posing more risks. In his post-match with Eurosport yesterday, Ronnie said he was going back home for the night.

Tour Championship tickets and news

Tour Championship Ticket Holders

Fans who had purchased tickets for the original dates of the 2020 Tour Championship in Llandudno (March 17th to 22nd, 2020) will soon receive a full refund from Venue Cymru.

WST has been in regular discussions with the venue, exploring the possibility of staging the 2021 Tour Championship in Llandudno.

Venue Cymru has been supporting Betsi Cadwaladr University Health board since March so that they can deliver essential medical services during the pandemic, and this support will continue until at least Spring 2021. This means that Venue Cymru will be closed and regrettably this will result in the rescheduling or cancellation of events, which means that Llandudno will not be able to host the Tour Championship in 2021.

Original bookings will be automatically refunded, so there is no need for fans to make contact with the box office. If fans have any questions regarding their original booking please email info@venuecymru.co.uk

WST still has a very strong and positive relationship with Venue Cymru and we hope to return to Llandudno again in the future.

The 2021 Tour Championship will run from March 22nd to 28th, with the venue to be announced in due course.

One thought on “News about the snooker tour …

  1. I know that Ronnie hates the bubble (who likes it?), but I think it was also his limited enthusiasm for the CLS: after all it would have only been one extra day in the bubble and one day of playing. The CoC is in this respect more tricky, because if he is drawn into a group that plays early in the week and wins it, he will have to stay in the bubble till the semis and then he might go nuts. I would not be surprised if they scheduled his group for towards the end of the week, he is Ronnie and he is the World Champion, and IMO they’ll do everything to cajole him to participate.

    Having said that, of course I’d like to see him play there, but it is just a lucrative invitational and what I’d really would like is Ronnie winning the UK (and the Worlds, but that goes without saying) and collect those points for the Coral Tour (although reading all these issues with the venues I wonder what will happen with them) – and on the way whatever you do, Ronnie, just don’t lose to Trump.

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