Tour Survival 2014/15 – Player by Player

Last season a very popular feature here at PSB proved to be my in-depth, player by player updates on the race for main tour places for the 2014/15 season, as I attempted to untangle the various overlapping ranking lists and orders of merit.

Although we are still only in September, already taking a look at how this season’s battle is shaping up (particularly with only six European Tour events scheduled to take place this season instead of last year’s eight), there are a few interesting themes developing and therefore I have below taken my first look at just who will need to have a strong finish to the season if they are to remain on tour for 2015/16, with some surprise names currently in the drop zone…

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Beleid Completes Main Tour List

A few of you may have been wondering why I have until now left a space in my latest projected seedings list, marked as ‘new player’ as we approach the halfway point of the season at the UK Championship.

The answer is that I was awaiting confirmation as to whether the final spot would be taken up by Libya’s Khalid Beleid Abumdas, nominated courtesy of his run to the final of the 2013 African Championship in Marrakech back in June (lost 6-2 to former professional Peter Francisco).

The answer came yesterday as World Snooker tweeted:

“Just heard from @academysnooker that Libya’s Khalid Beleid has got a work permit and is in Sheffield. He’ll play in a few events this season”

Given the trouble that players such as the talented Iranian Hossein Vafaei Ayouri have had in obtaining a visa since qualifying for the tour, this is good news and hopefully we will see Khalid in action at some point this season.