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07 May 21 06:38
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Is out!  Much earlier start than I was expecting, and no clearly defined return to China (yet - could be any of the 'potential ranking event' slots, TBF).
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Report gjohn101 May 7, 2021 8:09 AM BST
If they manage to plug those tbf slots, there'll be 10 weeks of straight uninterrupted snooker between October and December. My plan is to watch as little snooker as possible in that time but i said this last year too and still managed to get sucked in Sad
Report Latalomne May 7, 2021 8:17 AM BST
LaughLaughLaugh  Oh, I'm sure they will, John!
Report Latalomne May 7, 2021 9:08 AM BST
Given how many CL dates there are, I suspect we're looking at a return to it being a full 128 draw ranking event, hopefully that doesn't mean a return of the draw outcome...  Cry
Report Richie_Burnett May 7, 2021 10:43 AM BST
I've managed to get a sneak peek at next season's table:

Report Richie_Burnett May 7, 2021 10:43 AM BST

Report Latalomne May 12, 2021 9:49 PM BST

The World Snooker Tour will stage an event in Turkey for the first time next season when the Turkish Masters takes place in the beautiful city of Antalya.

The provisional dates of the tournament are September 27 to October 3 and WST will closely monitor all guidelines on travel and Covid safety, working with governments in the UK and overseas.

The world ranking event will see 64 players heading to Turkey to compete for total prize money of £500,000.

Antalya is known for its history, culture, beaches and cuisine

Antalya is renowned as one of Europe’s outstanding destinations, known for its culture, history and ideal location on the Mediterranean coast.

WST has agreed a four-year deal with the Turkish Billiards Federation and Big Break Promotions to stage the Turkish Masters every season until at least 2024/2025. Overall prize money will increase each year.

A qualifying round will be staged in August with players needing to win one match to make it to the final stages. Two Turkish wild cards will also be handed places in the main event in Antalya. The tournament will be televised by a range of broadcasters worldwide including Eurosport and Matchroom Live.

WST Chairman Steve Dawson said: “We are thrilled to continue snooker’s international expansion by staging a world ranking event in Turkey for the first time. Over the past decade we have made dramatic progress in becoming a truly global sport, and to enter a brand new territory is a further step on that journey.

“We have tracked the growth in interest in snooker in Turkey in terms of television viewing figures and digital audience. This new event will provide a focal point for our sport in the region and it will help us to develop our strategy of building foundations across Europe.

“We are particularly excited to stage this event in Antalya because of the status of the city as an outstanding tourism destination. We have no doubt that the world’s leading players will be delighted with the chance to visit this stunning location while competing for a prestigious title and significant prize money, particularly given the challenges they have faced over the past year.

“We look forward to working with our new partners in Turkey on this fantastic project. To stage a major sporting event in Antalya will help develop the profile of the city.”

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “Congratulations to Ersan Ercan, President of the Turkish Billiard Federation, his hard working team, and local promoter Tuğba İrten for everything they have done to bring the Turkish Masters to the forefront of snooker’s global calendar. We have no doubt it will become one of the most popular events and destinations on our circuit.”

Antalya – the Pearl of the Mediterranean

Ersan Ercan, President of the Turkish Billiard Federation, added: “I would like to say a sincere thank you to WST for giving us the opportunity to welcome snooker to Turkey for the first time in our history.

“We are very excited and work has already begun to make this event one of the best on the calendar. I can assure those who attend of one thing, and that is they will fall in love with Antalya.”
Report Latalomne June 9, 2021 10:01 PM BST
Start of the season has been put back to 18th July, and there's confirmation the CL is a full 128-man draw....  No confirmation on whether that means the draw outcome is back in the match results, however.  Plain
Report Gin June 11, 2021 9:25 AM BST
I can't remember if I mentioned this before or not but it would be great if World Snooker provided an ical/google calendar for ranking/main events that people could subscribe to and have their calendars updated automatically. It can be a bit of a pain having to keep track of events.Plain
Report Latalomne July 11, 2021 8:49 AM BST
It's been updated again:
Report Latalomne August 21, 2021 7:40 AM BST
Just noticed that under this week's calendar update, the hoped return to China this season appears to be off.

The postponement of Turkey and the padding with NI, English and Scottish Open Qs also means that a lot of the top players won't play again until 9th October.  It also means that they will now be 2-table setups instead of 4.
Report Latalomne October 14, 2021 4:34 PM BST
The calendar's been updated again.  Next month's qualifiers have gone, Turkey now has firm dates in March, and there's a further possible ranking event earmarked for March, too.  Slightly surprisingly, there's mention that CL dates will be released shortly.  Now, unless they're going to use the November Q slot and the subsequent Q slots that remain on the provisional calendar, I can't see that they can physically fit it in, unless the CL field is restricted to those in the Top 16 (ie those who wouldn't otherwise be tied up in the qualifiers - assuming they use the same format they have in the early part of this season)....
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