The World Skilled Billiards and Snooker Affiliation (WPBSA) has at this time introduced the 16 beginner qualifiers who will likely be supplied the possibility to compete at subsequent month’s Betfred World Snooker Championship in Sheffield.
To be held on the English Institute of Sport from 5-14 April 2021, the qualifying rounds for this yr’s World Championship will likely be contested by a discipline of 128 gamers, together with as much as 112 principal tour gamers not ranked within the world’s high 16 following the Cazoo Tour Championship.
They are going to be joined by 16 elite beginner gamers chosen by the WPBSA, primarily based on their performances at recognised worldwide competitions held this season. The place tournaments haven’t been held attributable to coronavirus restrictions, outcomes from the earlier yr’s tournaments have been thought of.
As in 2020, participant availability and worldwide journey restrictions have performed a major half within the qualification standards, along with offering alternatives for aspiring junior gamers to realize expertise on the very highest stage.
Full WPBSA Qualifiers listing (in alphabetical order):
- Connor Benzey (Eng)
- Dylan Emery (Wal)
- Reanne Evans (Eng)
- Ivan Kakovskii (Rus)
- Rebecca Kenna (Eng)
- Antoni Kowalski (Pol)
- Mark Lloyd (Eng)
- Robbie McGuigan (Nir)
- Ben Mertens (Bel)
- Ross Muir (Sco)
- Florian Nuessle (Aut)
- Brian Ochoiski (Fra)
- Fergal Quinn (Nir)
- Hayden Staniland (Eng)
- Wu Yize (Chn)
- Dean Younger (Sco)
All gamers chosen will seem topic to acceptance of their place and any journey restrictions in place. Any alternative gamers will likely be chosen from a reserve listing to incorporate performances at World Snooker Federation and recognised regional occasions. Robbie McGuigan has already been included from this listing rather than Omar Alajiani of Saudi Arabia.
Any present skilled gamers who don’t enter the match will likely be changed from the 2020 Q College Order of Advantage.
All ten days will likely be coated on the Eurosport App, with commentary all through Europe, plus our companions within the Individuals’s Republic of China – Youku, Zhibo.television, Migu, Kuaishou and Huya – and Matchroom.Stay all through the remainder of the world.
The draw and format will likely be introduced after the Cazoo Tour Championship which finishes on March twenty eighth.