Nirvana Turkish Masters Draw
The inaugural Nirvana Turkish Masters will have a fantastic field of the world’s top players including Judd Trump, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson and Kyren Wilson.
The draw and format for the £500,000 world ranking event has now been made, with the final stages to run from March 7 to 13 at the fantastic Nirvana Cosmopolitan Hotel in Antalya.
It will be the first world ranking event played in Turkey and tickets are available now – for details click here. Antalya is renowned as one of Europe’s outstanding destinations, known for its culture, history and ideal location on the Mediterranean coast.
Matches involving the top four seeds have been held over to the final stages. They are:
World number two Judd Trump v Michael Georgiou
World Champion and world number one Mark Selby v Wu Yize
Masters champion Neil Robertson v Iulian Boiko
World number five Kyren Wilson v Rory McLeod
Matches involving the local wild cards have also been held over. Enes Bakirci will face new Shoot Out champion Hossein Vafaei while Ismail Turker will take on Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Prior to that, a qualifying round will be staged from February 2 to 6 in Leicester, with all players needing to win one match to make it to Turkey. Notable ties include:
Former World Champion Shaun Murphy v legend Jimmy White
Three-time Crucible king Mark Williams v Women’s World Champion Reanne Evans
All-time great John Higgins v Barry Pinches
UK Champion Zhao Xintong v Louis Heathcote
All qualifying matches are best of nine frames.
WST has agreed a four-year deal with the Turkish Billiards Federation and Big Break Promotions to stage the Turkish Masters every season until at least 2024/2025. Overall prize money will increase each year.
The final stages will be televised by a range of broadcasters worldwide including Eurosport and Matchroom Live.
Ronnie hasn’t entered despite not needing to play in the qualifiers. I’m not overly surprised: he’s not the best of travelers and his win at the 2021 Grand Prix has given him a ranking points “safety net”. He already said, just after winning the World Grand Prix that he didn’t intend to play on it unless the promoters really wanted him there enough to pay him something substantial. I don’t think he actually expected or hoped that to happen though but it’s a shame. I’m sure the local cuisine would have been to his tates (he loves greek food).