Feb 26 2015

Gdynia Open 2015: Tour Survival Blog

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Earlier this week I took a look at some of the battles set to be decided at this weekend’s all-important Gdynia Open event, which is now underway with its amateur rounds having started yesterday.

Tomorrow though sees the entrance of the professionals and with tour cards, Grand Finals spots and Grand Prix places up for grabs, click below for my rolling blog which will be updated throughout the next three days, flagging up the matches and results to keep an eye on and setting out those currently in position to retain a tour card through this list.

I will also keep an eye on the other battles where I am able…

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Feb 26 2015

Visa For Vafaei

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Iran’s Hossein Vafaei Ayouri first turned professional back in 2012 following his victory at the 2011 IBSF World Championship, but his two and a half seasons on tour have to date been blighted by visa issues which have limited him to sporadic appearances at events such as the Six Red World Championship and Asian Tour events.

Now however, according to reports on Twitter, the 20-year-old has now finally seen his long awaited quest for a visa granted.

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Feb 25 2015

Betway To Sponsor Shoot-Out And Seniors

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World Snooker is delighted to announce Betway as the new title sponsor of next week’s Shoot-Out and World Seniors Championship.

The two tournaments will run back-to-back from Monday to Friday at the iconic Blackpool Tower Circus Arena, with every ball televised live by Sky Sports.

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Feb 23 2015

Calabrese Resigns Tour Card

CalabreseAn interesting bit of news these evening as with the updated world rankings following the Welsh Open, World Snooker have also revealed the news that Australia’s Vinnie Calabrese has given up his main tour card with around two and a months to run and has therefore been removed from the world ranking list.

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Feb 23 2015

Eyes On Gdynia: The Big Preview

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In the grand scheme of things, this weekend’s Gdynia Open might not be appear to the biggest event on the snooker calendar, but upon closer inspection, with three key battles to be determined at the tournament, for some players it could prove to be one of the most important.

Click below for my thoughts ahead of the final European Tour event of the season…

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Feb 22 2015

The Crucible Seedings Race 2015

Crucible5Following John Higgins’ victory at the Welsh Open this evening, we are just four tournaments away from knowing not only who the top 16 players guaranteed to appear at the Crucible Theatre for the 2015 World Championship will be, but also how those players will be seeded in the draw.

Click below for a look at how the draw would look if it were to be made now and what can still change between now and April…

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Feb 22 2015

Record Fourth Welsh Crown For Higgins

Higgins5Two and a half years on from his last ranking event victory, Scotland’s John Higgins has defeated Leicester’s Ben Woollaston 9-3 this evening in Cardiff to claim the 2015 Welsh Open title, his fourth victory at the event, moving clear of both Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O’Sullivan in the all-time list.

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Feb 22 2015

Woollaston To Take On Higgins In Welsh Final

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So who had a John Higgins v Ben Woollaston final in their pre-tournament predictions? Not me, but that is the intriguing final that we have in prospect tomorrow in Cardiff at the BetVictor Welsh Open.

Click below for a round-up of the day and a look ahead to the final…

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