Hong Kong Masters Invitation Criteria
The Hong Kong Masters returns to the World Snooker Tour in October and the world’s finest players will be in attendance.
Hong Kong snooker icons Marco Fu and Ng On Yee are already confirmed in the eight player field and the criteria for the other six places will be based upon ranking positions.
The remaining spots are to be offered to players in order of the official world rankings, as they stood at the conclusion of the 2022 World Championship. The identity of the current top six players remains unchanged following last week’s BetVictor Championship League.
The Hong Kong Billiard Sports Control Council (HKBSCC) will make an announcement of the confirmed field in late August. The tournament itself takes place over four days from October 6th to 9th.
This prestigious invitation event was last held in 2017 and was a tremendous success. The last edition in 2017 was held in Hong Kong’s Queen Elizabeth Stadium, which was recognised by many players as one of the best venues for a snooker tournament. Neil Robertson beat Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final.
This time it will be staged, for the first time, in the Hong Kong Coliseum, the largest indoor stadium in Hong Kong with a maximum capacity of 10,000. Ticketing information will be announced by HKBSCC in due course.
So the players who will receive an invitation are: Ronnie, Judd Trump, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, John Higgins and Zhao Xintong. Both finalist of the inaugural event will get an invitation.
The next two “in line”, are Mark Williams and Kyren Wilson.
I’m still not convinced that snooker will work in a 10000 capacity venue though, and I hope that it will be broadcasted in Europe. It wasn’t last time.