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2020–21 snooker season

Series of snooker tournaments

2020–21 snooker season
Details
Duration21 September 2020 – 9 May 2021
Tournaments19 (15 ranking events)
Triple Crown winners
UK Championship  Neil Robertson (AUS)
Masters  Yan Bingtao (CHN)
World Championship  Mark Selby (ENG)

The 2020–21 snooker season was a professional snooker season with tournaments played between 21 September 2020 and 9 May 2021. As a result of the ongoing consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the season was played entirely behind closed doors, with only the 2021 World Snooker Championship being played in front of a crowd. All snooker tournaments in the season were played in the United Kingdom, due to travel and quarantine restrictions preventing the tour and players from utilising the normal venues.

2020–21 snooker season Intro articles: 4

Overview

With the exception of the Welsh Open and the Tour Championship at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, the World Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and the two forms of the Championship League at the Ballroom in Stadium MK, all snooker tournaments were played at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. The purpose of doing so was to create a Covid-secure "bubble" environment for all players and officials so as to allow the sport to progress and providing players with earning opportunities.

The pandemic also meant that the season consisted of only 19 tournaments rather than the customary 30-45 that has been seen for the last decade; this was a record low that had not been seen since the 2004-05 snooker season. However, unlike that season, every tournament -- with the exception of the Champion of Champions, the Masters and the Championship League -- carried ranking points, providing many opportunities for lower ranked players to continue to make a living and establish themselves on the tour. Despite this, several tournaments were not featured in the 2020–21 season, such as the Riga Masters and all of the events played in China.

The season began with WST announcing that all tournaments up to and including the Champion of Champions would be played at the Marshall Arena: this would be revised later to include all tournaments of 2020.[1] Towards the end of October, World Snooker Tour had announced that the UK Championship would have the first round played at the same arena, but all televised stages would then be played at the York Barbican: on 4 November, days after the UK Government announced a lockdown for all of England, this was then revised to include the entire tournament.[2]

Despite space being allocated for back-to-back events in China during March, WST later confirmed on 3 December 2020 that all China-based tournaments were cancelled, due to continuing travel restrictions, making it the first season in more than a decade where no tournaments would be staged in Asia. In its place, a new WST Pro Series was added, taking place between January and March 2021.[3]

On 4 January 2021, the week prior to the event, WST announced that the Masters would be moved to the Marshall Arena, as a result of logistical challenges associated with Alexandra Palace having no on-site facilities and lengthy travel requirements from a hotel, preventing a secure 'bubble' from being formed to host the event.[4]

On 26 January 2021, World Snooker Tour announced that the Welsh Open would become the first event that season to be played outside the Marshall Arena, at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport. This was made possible due to a Covid-bubble being able to be created with similar on-site accommodation facilities, meaning players were able to stay within the bubble while playing in the event.[5] Later in the season, World Snooker confirmed that the 2021 Tour Championship event would be played at Celtic Manor as the final event of the season prior to the World Championship at the Crucible Theatre.[6]

On 13 March 2021, World Snooker announced that the World Snooker Championship would welcome a limited number of fans, as part of an Events Research Programme run by the government. The programme intends to test a variety of settings to generate evidence on how fans may be safely welcomed into sporting events in future, with the Crucible Theatre providing evidence of a "theatre setting".[7]

On 20 April 2021, towards the start of the World Championship, it was announced that Barry Hearn would step down as Chairman of the World Snooker Tour and as President of Matchroom Sport, bringing an end to an era which revived snooker and turned it into a global sport. Steve Dawson will replace Hearn as the Chairman of the World Snooker Tour after the conclusion of the season, although Hearn will remain in an advisory position on tour.[8]

2020–21 snooker season Overview articles: 23

Players

Players on the Main Tour
by nation[9]
 Australia 2
 Belgium 1
 Brazil 1
 China 23
 England 59
 Germany 2
 Hong Kong 1
 Iran 2
 Ireland 3
 Israel 1
 Jamaica 1
 Malta 1
 Morocco 1
 Northern Ireland 3
 Norway 1
 Pakistan 1
 Poland 1
 Scotland 8
  Switzerland 1
 Thailand 3
 Ukraine 1
 Wales 11
Total 128

The World Snooker Tour in the 2020–21 season consists of a field of 128 professional players.[10] The top 64 players from the prize money rankings after the 2020 World Championship, and the 35 players earning a two-year card the previous year automatically qualify for the season. Next, four places are allocated to the top four on the One Year Ranking List who have not already qualified for the Main Tour. Another two players came from the Challenge Tour, two players came from the CBSA China Tour, and a further 12 places were available through the Q School (four Event 1 winners, four Event 2 winners and four Event 3 winners). Two-year tour cards were also awarded to any player outside the top 64, who qualified for the main stage of the 2020 World Snooker Championship at the Crucible.[11] The rest of the places on to the tour came from amateur events and national governing body (NGB) nominations.[10]

New professional players

All players listed below received a tour card for two seasons.[10]

2020–21 snooker season Players articles: 47

Calendar

The following table outlines the dates and results for all the ranking events of the World Snooker Tour, major invitational events, and the World Seniors Tour.[19]

Start Finish Country Rank Tournament name Venue City Winner Runner-up Score Ref.
21 Sep 27 Sep  ENG WR European Masters Marshall Arena Milton Keynes  Mark Selby (ENG)  Martin Gould (ENG) 9–8 [20]
12 Oct 18 Oct  ENG WR English Open Marshall Arena Milton Keynes  Judd Trump (ENG)  Neil Robertson (AUS) 9–8 [21]
13 Sep 30 Oct  ENG WR Championship League Ballroom, Stadium MK Milton Keynes  Kyren Wilson (ENG)  Judd Trump (ENG) 3–1 [22]
2 Nov 8 Nov  ENG NR Champion of Champions Marshall Arena Milton Keynes  Mark Allen (NIR)  Neil Robertson (AUS) 10–6 [23]
16 Nov 22 Nov  ENG WR Northern Ireland Open Marshall Arena Milton Keynes  Judd Trump (ENG)  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) 9–7 [24]
23 Nov 6 Dec  ENG WR UK Championship Marshall Arena Milton Keynes  Neil Robertson (AUS)  Judd Trump (ENG) 10–9 [25]
7 Dec 13 Dec  ENG WR Scottish Open Marshall Arena Milton Keynes  Mark Selby (ENG)  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) 9–3 [26]
14 Dec 20 Dec  ENG WR World Grand Prix Marshall Arena Milton Keynes  Judd Trump (ENG)  Jack Lisowski (ENG) 10–7 [27]
10 Jan 17 Jan  ENG NR Masters Marshall Arena Milton Keynes  Yan Bingtao (CHN)  John Higgins (SCO) 10–8 [28]
27 Jan 31 Jan  ENG WR German Masters Marshall Arena Milton Keynes  Judd Trump (ENG)  Jack Lisowski (ENG) 9–2 [29]
4 Feb 7 Feb  ENG WR Shoot Out Marshall Arena Milton Keynes  Ryan Day (WAL)  Mark Selby (ENG) 1–0 [30]
15 Feb 21 Feb  WAL WR Welsh Open Celtic Manor Resort Newport  Jordan Brown (NIR)  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) 9–8 [31]
22 Feb 28 Feb  ENG WR Players Championship Marshall Arena Milton Keynes  John Higgins (SCO)  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) 10–3 [32]
1 Mar 7 Mar  ENG WR Gibraltar Open Marshall Arena Milton Keynes  Judd Trump (ENG)  Jack Lisowski (ENG) 4–0 [33]
18 Jan 21 Mar  ENG WR WST Pro Series Marshall Arena Milton Keynes  Mark Williams (WAL)  Ali Carter (ENG) Round-robin [34]
22 Mar 28 Mar  WAL WR Tour Championship Celtic Manor Resort Newport  Neil Robertson (AUS)  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) 10–4 [35]
4 Jan 2 Apr  ENG NR Championship League Ballroom, Stadium MK Milton Keynes  Kyren Wilson (ENG)  Mark Williams (WAL) 3–2 [36]
17 Apr 3 May  ENG WR World Championship Crucible Theatre Sheffield  Mark Selby (ENG)  Shaun Murphy (ENG) 18—15 [37]
6 May 9 May  ENG WST World Seniors Championship Crucible Theatre Sheffield
WR = World ranking event
NR = Non-ranking event
WST = World Seniors Tour

2020–21 snooker season Calendar articles: 29

World ranking points

The 2020–21 snooker season featured the following points distribution for world ranking events:

Round
Tournament
R144 R128 R112 R96 R80 R64 R48 R32 R28 R24 R20 R16 R12 QF R7 R6 R5 SF R3 F W
European Masters N/A 0 N/A N/A N/A 3,000 N/A 4,000 N/A N/A N/A 6,000 N/A 11,000 N/A N/A N/A 17,500 N/A 35,000 80,000
English Open N/A 0 N/A N/A N/A 3,000 N/A 4,000 N/A N/A N/A 7,500 N/A 10,000 N/A N/A N/A 20,000 N/A 30,000 70,000
Championship League N/A 0
[note 1]
N/A 1,000
[note 2]
N/A 2,000
[note 3]
N/A 4,000
[note 4]
N/A 5,000
[note 5]
N/A 6,000
[note 6]
N/A 8,000
[note 7]
N/A 9,000
[note 8]
N/A 11,000
[note 9]
N/A 23,000 33,000
Northern Ireland Open N/A 0 N/A N/A N/A 3,000 N/A 4,000 N/A N/A N/A 7,500 N/A 10,000 N/A N/A N/A 20,000 N/A 30,000 70,000
UK Championship N/A 0 N/A N/A N/A 6,500 N/A 12,000 N/A N/A N/A 17,000 N/A 24,500 N/A N/A N/A 40,000 N/A 80,000 200,000
Scottish Open N/A 0 N/A N/A N/A 3,000 N/A 4,000 N/A N/A N/A 7,500 N/A 10,000 N/A N/A N/A 20,000 N/A 30,000 70,000
World Grand Prix N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 5,000
[note 10]
N/A N/A N/A 7,500 N/A 12,500 N/A N/A N/A 20,000 N/A 40,000 100,000
German Masters N/A 0 N/A N/A N/A 3,000 N/A 4,000 N/A N/A N/A 5,000 N/A 10,000 N/A N/A N/A 20,000 N/A 35,000 80,000
Shoot Out N/A 250
[note 10]
N/A N/A N/A 500 N/A 1,000 N/A N/A N/A 2,000 N/A 4,000 N/A N/A N/A 8,000 N/A 20,000 50,000
Welsh Open N/A 0 N/A N/A N/A 3,000 N/A 4,000 N/A N/A N/A 7,500 N/A 10,000 N/A N/A N/A 20,000 N/A 30,000 70,000
Players Championship N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 10,000
[note 10]
N/A 15,000 N/A N/A N/A 30,000 N/A 50,000 125,000
Gibraltar Open N/A 0 N/A N/A N/A 2,000 N/A 3,000 N/A N/A N/A 4,000 N/A 5,000 N/A N/A N/A 6,000 N/A 20,000 50,000
WST Pro Series N/A 0
[note 11]
500
[note 12]
1000
[note 13]
1500
[note 14]
2000
[note 15]
2500
[note 16]
4000[note 17]
5000[note 18]
4500[note 19]
5500[note 20]
5000[note 21]
6000[note 22]
6000[note 23]
7000[note 24]
7000[note 25]
8000[note 26]
8000[note 27]
9000[note 28]
11500[note 29]
12500[note 30]
14000[note 31]
15000[note 32]
12500[note 33]
13500[note 34]
15000[note 35]
16000[note 36]
13500[note 37]
14500[note 38]
16000[note 39]
17000[note 40]
14500[note 41]
15500[note 42]
17000[note 43]
18000[note 44]
15500[note 45]
16500[note 46]
18000[note 47]
19000[note 48]
18000[note 49]
19000[note 50]
20500[note 51]
21500[note 52]
20500[note 53]
21500[note 54]
23000[note 55]
24000[note 56]
30500[note 57]
31500[note 58]
33000[note 59]
34000[note 60]
Tour Championship N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 20,000
[note 10]
N/A N/A N/A 40,000 N/A 60,000 150,000
World Championship 0 N/A 5,000
[note 61]
N/A 10,000
[note 61]
N/A 15,000 20,000
[note 61]
N/A N/A N/A 30,000 N/A 50,000 N/A N/A N/A 100,000 N/A 200,000 500,000

Finalists in ranking tournaments

Below is a list of players who have reached a final of a ranking event in the 2020–21 season.[38]

Rank Name Nationality Winner Runner-up Finals Winning tournaments
1 Judd Trump  England 5 2 7 2020 English Open
2020 Northern Ireland Open
2020 World Grand Prix
2021 German Masters
2021 Gibraltar Open
2 Mark Selby  England 3 1 4 2020 European Masters
2020 Scottish Open
2021 World Championship
3 Neil Robertson  Australia 2 1 3 2020 UK Championship
2021 Tour Championship
4 John Higgins  Scotland 1 0 1 2021 Players Championship
Jordan Brown  Northern Ireland 1 0 1 2021 Welsh Open
Ryan Day  Wales 1 0 1 2021 Shoot Out
Mark Williams  Wales 1 0 1 2021 WST Pro Series
Kyren Wilson  England 1 0 1 2020 Championship League
9 Ronnie O'Sullivan  England 0 5 5
10 Jack Lisowski  England 0 3 3
11 Martin Gould  England 0 1 1
Ali Carter  England 0 1 1
Shaun Murphy  England 0 1 1
Total 15 15 30 15 of 15 tournaments completed

Overview of "Australia" article

Notes

  1. ^ First stage fourth-placed
  2. ^ First stage third-placed
  3. ^ First stage runner-up
  4. ^ Second stage fourth-placed
  5. ^ Second stage third-placed
  6. ^ Second stage runner-up
  7. ^ Third stage fourth-placed
  8. ^ Third stage third-placed
  9. ^ Third stage runner-up
  10. ^ a b c d First round losers in the Shoot Out, World Grand Prix, Players Championship and Tour Championship will receive their prize money in full however this money will not count towards the prize money rankings
  11. ^ First stage eighth-placed
  12. ^ First stage seventh-placed
  13. ^ First stage sixth-placed
  14. ^ First stage fifth-placed
  15. ^ First stage fourth-placed
  16. ^ First stage third-placed
  17. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage eighth-placed
  18. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage eighth-placed
  19. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage seventh-placed
  20. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage seventh-placed
  21. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage sixth-placed
  22. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage sixth-placed
  23. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage fifth-placed
  24. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage fifth-placed
  25. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage fourth-placed
  26. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage fourth-placed
  27. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage third-placed
  28. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage third-placed
  29. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage second-placed, Third stage eighth-placed
  30. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage second-placed, Third stage eighth-placed
  31. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage first-placed, Third stage eighth-placed
  32. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage first-placed, Third stage eighth-placed
  33. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage second-placed, Third stage seventh-placed
  34. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage second-placed, Third stage seventh-placed
  35. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage first-placed, Third stage seventh-placed
  36. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage first-placed, Third stage seventh-placed
  37. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage second-placed, Third stage sixth-placed
  38. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage second-placed, Third stage sixth-placed
  39. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage first-placed, Third stage sixth-placed
  40. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage first-placed, Third stage sixth-placed
  41. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage second-placed, Third stage fifth-placed
  42. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage second-placed, Third stage fifth-placed
  43. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage first-placed, Third stage fifth-placed
  44. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage first-placed, Third stage fifth-placed
  45. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage second-placed, Third stage fourth-placed
  46. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage second-placed, Third stage fourth-placed
  47. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage first-placed, Third stage fourth-placed
  48. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage first-placed, Third stage fourth-placed
  49. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage second-placed, Third stage third-placed
  50. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage second-placed, Third stage third-placed
  51. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage first-placed, Third stage third-placed
  52. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage first-placed, Third stage third-placed
  53. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage second-placed, Third stage second-placed
  54. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage second-placed, Third stage second-placed
  55. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage first-placed, Third stage second-placed
  56. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage first-placed, Third stage second-placed
  57. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage second-placed, Third stage first-placed
  58. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage second-placed, Third stage first-placed
  59. ^ First stage second-placed, Second stage first-placed, Third stage first-placed
  60. ^ First stage first-placed, Second stage first-placed, Third stage first-placed
  61. ^ a b c Players who lose their first match receive no ranking points.

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