Today saw the entry deadline pass for the upcoming UK Championship event and with it confirmation that Ronnie O’Sullivan will not return to the Barbican Centre in York this year to defend the title that he won nearly 12 months ago.
After an uncharacteristically quiet week here at PSB due to a few unforeseen technical gremlins, I am now happy to confirm that all systems are now (hopefully) go ahead of snooker’s return to China during the next fortnight.
Today I take a look back at last week’s action in Germany, as well as some of the other stories from the snooker world at the moment…
World Snooker has today confirmed which seeds will play in the group stages at next month’s Champion of Champions event in Coventry, with two-time defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan scheduled to get underway on Wednesday 11th November 2015.
O’Sullivan’s participation would of course represent his first professional outing of the new season, though it should noted that the official press release does state that ‘the participation of all players is subject to contracts being agreed.’
It is then unclear whether anything has changed at this point and whether Ronnie has indicated that he does intend to play, after his recent tweet suggesting that he would not be entering the event.
The official press release follows…
Yesterday evening the Snooker Legends roadshow rolled into Scunthorpe and being local to the event, I popped down to the venue to watch Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jimmy White in action.
As it would turn out, the night proved to be far more memorable than even I had envisaged as O’Sullivan brought the crowd to their feet with a magical maximum break…
It feels like a long time since we last saw the players in ranking event action and indeed it has been, as over two months have passed since July’s Australian Goldfields Open.
Next week though the professionals will be back in action at the 2015 Shanghai Masters, with Stuart Bingham looking to defend the title that he won 12 months ago and following the event will also come the second mid-season seeding revision of the current season.
As well as being a remarkable achievement in its own right, Ali Carter’s victory at the recent Paul Hunter Classic, also secured him a place in the Champion of Champions event for the third successive year.
Click below for a look at who will be joining him with just five counting events still to be played…
UPDATE: An interesting snippet out today from last year’s winner Ronnie O’Sullivan, who has indicated on Twitter that he will not be taking up his place in this year’s tournament:
Heard a rumour going around that I'm playing The Champions Of champions. Not true
— Ronnie O'Sullivan (@ronnieo147) September 8, 2015
Original article follows…
During the last past five years snooker in general has come a long way in terms of fan interaction, with the rise of social media and the power of the internet allowing us to get closer to the world’s leading players than ever before.
While a number of players have undoubtedly boosted their profiles due to their online presence, few can claim to have gone as far as Shaun Murphy, who this week added Instagram to his social media portfolio.