The World Snooker Tour will stage an occasion in Turkey for the primary time subsequent season when the Turkish Masters takes place within the stunning metropolis of Antalya.
The provisional dates of the match are September 27 to October 3 and WST will intently monitor all tips on journey and Covid security, working with governments within the UK and abroad.
The world rating occasion will see 64 gamers heading to Turkey to compete for complete prize cash of £500,000.
Antalya is famend as one in every of Europe’s excellent locations, recognized for its tradition, historical past and excellent location on the Mediterranean coast.
WST has agreed a four-year cope with the Turkish Billiards Federation and Huge Break Promotions to stage the Turkish Masters each season till no less than 2024/2025. General prize cash will enhance annually.
A qualifying spherical might be staged in August with gamers needing to win one match to make it to the ultimate phases. Two Turkish wild playing cards may also be handed locations in the primary occasion in Antalya. The match might be televised by a spread of broadcasters worldwide together with Eurosport and Matchroom Dwell.
WST Chairman Steve Dawson stated: “We’re thrilled to proceed snooker’s worldwide growth by staging a world rating occasion in Turkey for the primary time. Over the previous decade we’ve made dramatic progress in turning into a very world sport, and to enter a model new territory is an extra step on that journey.
“We’ve got tracked the expansion in curiosity in snooker in Turkey when it comes to tv viewing figures and digital viewers. This new occasion will present a focus for our sport within the area and it’ll assist us to develop our technique of constructing foundations throughout Europe.
“We’re notably excited to stage this occasion in Antalya due to the standing of the town as an excellent tourism vacation spot. We’ve got little question that the world’s main gamers might be delighted with the possibility to go to this gorgeous location whereas competing for a prestigious title and vital prize cash, notably given the challenges they’ve confronted over the previous 12 months.
“We stay up for working with our new companions in Turkey on this improbable undertaking. To stage a significant sporting occasion in Antalya will assist develop the profile of the town.”
WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson stated: “Congratulations to Ersan Ercan, President of the Turkish Billiard Federation, his onerous working workforce, and native promoter Tuğba İrten for all the pieces they’ve completed to carry the Turkish Masters to the forefront of snooker’s world calendar. We’ve got little question it would turn into some of the standard occasions and locations on our circuit.”
Ersan Ercan, President of the Turkish Billiard Federation, added: “I wish to say a honest thanks to WST for giving us the chance to welcome snooker to Turkey for the primary time in our historical past.
“We’re very excited and work has already begun to make this occasion probably the greatest on the calendar. I can guarantee those that attend of 1 factor, and that’s they’ll fall in love with Antalya.”
Article by WST.