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Snooker news: New WST calendar announced but ‘further announcements’ promised

Mark Selby goes into the new season as reigning world champion (Picture: Getty Images)

The provisional calendar for the forthcoming World Snooker Tour season has been announced, and while there are some substantial gaps in the schedule, new chairman Steve Dawson has promised further announcements to come.

The new campaign is set to get underway on 4 July with the Championship League, but the next confirmed ranking event is not until 10 October at the Northern Ireland Open.

Gaps remain for ‘potential ranking events’ and Dawson says announcements are on the way and will hopefully see the tour return to venues around Europe and Asia.

‘We are now working flat out on our calendar for the coming season, and particularly looking towards locations outside the UK,’ said Dawson. ‘We are determined to get back to the territories around the globe where we have nurtured growth over the past decade, such as China, Germany, Gibraltar and others, while also planning ventures into new markets.

‘Over the past year we have been at the forefront of sport in terms of keeping our tour going and maintaining earning opportunities for our players, by staging events in Covid-safe environments in the UK.



WST Provisional calendar 2021/22 season

JULY
4-11 Championship League (stage 1) tbc
12-19 Championship League (stage 2) tbc
26-30 Championship League (stage 3) tbc
AUGUST
16-27 Qualifiers tbc
SEPTEMBER
13-19 Potential ranking event tbc
27-October 3 Potential ranking event tbc
OCTOBER
10-17 Northern Ireland Open Belfast
18-24 Potential ranking event tbc
25-31 Potential ranking event tbc
NOVEMBER
1-7 English Open tbc
8-14 Qualifiers tbc
15-21 Champion of Champions Bolton
23-December 5 UK Championship Barbican Theatre, York
DECEMBER
6-12 Scottish Open tbc
13-19 World Grand Prix tbc

2022
JANUARY
9-16 The Masters Alexandra Palace, London
20-23 Shoot Out tbc
26-30 German Masters Berlin
31-February 6 Qualifiers tbc
FEBRUARY
7-13 Players Championship tbc
14-17 Quals: China Open tbc
21-27 European Masters tbc
28-March 6 Welsh Open tbc
MARCH
7-13 Potential ranking event tbc
14-20 China Open tbc
24-26 Gibraltar Open Gibraltar
28-April 3 Tour Championship tbc
APRIL
4-13 Quals: World Championship EIS, Sheffield
16-May 2 World Championship Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

‘But we hope it will be possible in the coming season to venture overseas and to welcome crowds to all of our UK events. We are working closely with governments in the UK and abroad to determine what can be achieved.

‘At this stage the calendar is a work in progress as we explore all opportunities and we will make further announcements in due course.’

There has been some concern among players over the lack of tournaments scheduled but the message from the top is that there is more to come.

A significant change to the Home Nations tournaments was announced at the same time as the provisional calendar, with the top 16 seeded straight to the tournament venue and a qualifying round played beforehand.

A WST statement read: ‘The Home Nations events will have a new structure this season, with a qualifying round for players seeded outside the top 16. All players will start in the same round, but the top 16 will play their opening matches at the final venue.’


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