Allen

No World Open This Season

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World Snooker has announced that the World Open will not take place during the 2014/15 season.

The world ranking event was staged in Haikou, China, in 2012, 2013 and 2014, but the contract with the promoter has not been renewed.

Concerted efforts were made to secure a new home for the tournament, but unfortunately a suitable location has not been found to fit into the season’s busy calendar. Options are now being explored for next season with the firm intention to bring the tournament back in 2015/16.

The event had been provisionally scheduled for January 26th to February 1st, 2015, and it has now been removed from the calendar. The qualifiers on December 20th to 22nd, 2014, in Wigan have also been removed.

World Snooker continues to strive to create new events on the professional circuit, which has grown from less than ten events to over 25 within the past five years.

  • mikets

    Presumably there’ll now be very few non-Chinese players in the last Asian Tour event – just a handful (like Ross Muir, who competed in the previous two having not qualified for the events that followed them) who have a good chance of getting a 2-year tour card via the order of merit or of reaching the PTC finals.

  • E JONES

    From the off this tournament was not going to be played in Haikou this season.

    But the problem World Snooker had was Getting a new Country, New Venue and Host Broadcasters to be able to set a time frame within a season that’s jam packed.

    World Open will be back maybe even as a British Event on ITV 4 in 2015/2016 season.

  • mikets

    I see from the tournament calendar (http://www.worldsnooker.com/page/Tournaments/FullCalendar )
    that World Snooker have removed the seedings cut-off that was due to take place after the World Open, since the only events between cut-off 5 and the original cut-off 6 are an Asian tour event and a European tour event. Hence the points to defend for revisions 5 and 6 need to be merged.

    However – it’s unclear when the money earned at the 2013 World Open will now be removed. It was being due to be removed when the money from this season’s event replaced it, but it would now be more logical to remove it in March, 2 years after the 2013 event.

    • Matt

      Good spot that, cheers