The British Open returns after 17 years

Here is the announcement by WST:

British Open Returns To Snooker Calendar

The British Open will return to the World Snooker Tour for the first time in 17 years when it takes place in August.

Click here for the updated calendar

It will be the second world ranking event of the 2021/22 season and will run from August 16 to 22. All 128 tour players will compete in the event, with further details including the host venue and broadcasters to be announced in due course.

John Higgins beat Stephen Maguire in the 2004 British Open final in Brighton

The British Open was ever present on the calendar from 1985 to 2004. Brighton was the host city in 2004 when John Higgins beat Stephen Maguire in the final.

As it stands there are 19 events scheduled on the calendar for the 2021/22 season, with discussions ongoing for several other potential tournaments.

WST Chairman Steve Dawson said: “We continue to work towards building a full calendar for the 2021/22 season and the schedule is gradually taking shape.

“We are delighted to bring back the British Open which has a fantastic history and has been won by many of the greats including Steve Davis, Jimmy White, Stephen Hendry, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Williams, Paul Hunter and John Higgins.

“Planning for the tournament is now in progress with the intention to restore its position as a prestigious event on the calendar.”

John Higgins will be the defending champion.

Here is a brief history of the even on wikipedia.

It reminds us that there was a time when the sponsors were not all bookies and gaming companies.

Other than the new event, the updated calendar also gives more infos regarding the qualifiers:

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The fact that the British Open will see the 128 at the venue, without qualifiers, suggests that it will follow the “Home Nations” format as we have known it in the recent seasons.

The Home Nations now have qualifying events and that may mean that they will return to the best-of-nine that was the “default” in a not so distant past. Well, I want to hope so anyway.

Good also to see the qualifiers for the German Masters played earlier than usual in the season. Having two rounds of them just before the Xmas break has done the event no favour in the past.




2 thoughts on “The British Open returns after 17 years

  1. There’s no particular pattern for the qualifiers, it’s impossible to tell much about the tournament structure from the calendar alone. They have allocated 9 days for the NI Open & English Open, which is a bit lavish for a best-of-7 qualification round involving 48 matches. I’d be very surprised if they increase the length of those matches, it goes against the trend. Most likely there will be refinements yet to be made. They will need more than 4 tables for the 8-14 November qualifiers.

    • There is a new guy at the helm and, maybe, he isn’t quite as obsessed as Barry Hearn with making matches shorter. A trend can be reversed as quickly as it’s set. What I could see maybe, mainly for broadcasting reasons, is to go towards best-of-9 without interval.

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