2022 Turkish Masters – Draw and Format

The 2022 Turkish Masters Draw and Format are out:

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.

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Antalya is a fabulous destination for tourism

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).



5 thoughts on “2022 Turkish Masters – Draw and Format

  1. Some people are really screwed having to travel to Turkey to play top players for the heldover matches to promptly and I’m afraid ingloriously lose. I know if it’s also the problem for non UK players, but I just caught poor Boiko’s name,
    who will lose his tourcad and then back to Ukraine, which not a happy place these days?

    • Iulian was far too young to be on tour, especially considering that it meant living as an expat as well. I just hope that the whole experience will not permanently damage him, like it did Kaçper Filipiak in the past. I’m not sure if at WST they don’t realise how hard it is on those young teenagers oo if they don’t care but it’s criminal in my eyes. There should be n age limit – there was one in the past – and it should be 18, not 16. A 16 year old playing in his own country, in his own culture with his family around might be ok, but you can’t have one rule for UK based players and another rule for others. Until the UK centric nature of the sport is broken, and the ranking system chages for a more global rating system, it has to be 18.

      • No idea. He is almost gone from social media. And the Norwegian commentators on Eurosport know all about the technical side of snooker, but they do not keep up to date about any players.

        Eurosport in Norway is also suffering from Casper Ruud and Victor Hovland. Suddenly the status of golf and tennis have pushed snooker to the side.

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