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.
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 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 email@example.com
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.