The World Snooker Tour will stage an occasion in Turkey for the primary time subsequent season when the Turkish Masters takes place within the lovely metropolis of Antalya.
The provisional dates of the event are September 27 to October 3 and WST will carefully 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 whole prize cash of £500,000.
Antalya is thought for its historical past, tradition, seashores and delicacies
Antalya is famend as considered one of Europe’s excellent locations, identified for its tradition, historical past and supreme location on the Mediterranean coast.
WST has agreed a four-year cope with the Turkish Billiards Federation and Massive Break Promotions to stage the Turkish Masters each season till not less than 2024/2025. Total prize cash will enhance every year.
A qualifying spherical will likely be staged in August with gamers needing to win one match to make it to the ultimate levels. Two Turkish wild playing cards can even be handed locations in the primary occasion in Antalya. The event will likely be televised by a spread of broadcasters worldwide together with Eurosport and Matchroom Reside.
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 now have made dramatic progress in turning into a very international sport, and to enter a model new territory is an extra step on that journey.
“We’ve tracked the expansion in curiosity in snooker in Turkey by way of 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 significantly excited to stage this occasion in Antalya due to the standing of the town as an impressive tourism vacation spot. We’ve little question that the world’s main gamers will likely be delighted with the possibility to go to this gorgeous location whereas competing for a prestigious title and important prize cash, significantly given the challenges they’ve confronted over the previous 12 months.
“We stay up for working with our new companions in Turkey on this incredible venture. 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 exhausting working staff, and native promoter Tuğba İrten for all the things they’ve achieved to carry the Turkish Masters to the forefront of snooker’s international calendar. We’ve little question it should develop into one of the vital standard occasions and locations on our circuit.”
Antalya – the Pearl of the Mediterranean
Ersan Ercan, President of the Turkish Billiard Federation, added: “I want 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 the most effective on the calendar. I can guarantee those that attend of 1 factor, and that’s they may fall in love with Antalya.”