2020–21 snooker season series of snooker tournaments

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2020–21 snooker season
Details
Duration18 August 2020 – 3 May 2021
Tournaments22 (15 ranking events)
Triple Crown winners
UK Championship Neil Robertson (AUS)
Masters
World Championship

The 2020–21 snooker season is a professional snooker season with tournaments played between August 2020 and May 2021.

Players

Players on the Main Tour
by nation[1]
 Australia 2
 Belgium 1
 Brazil 1
 China 23
 England 60
 Germany 2
 Hong Kong 1
 Iran 2
 Ireland 3
 Israel 1
 Jamaica 1
 Malta 1
 Morocco 1
 Northern Ireland 3
 Norway 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.[2] 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.[3] The rest of the places on to the tour came from amateur events and national governing body (NGB) nominations.[2]

New professional players

All players listed below received a tour card for two seasons.[2]

Calendar

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the season since the start. Early in the season, WST announced that all tournaments up to and including the Champion of Champions would be played at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. Not long after this, this would be revised to include all tournaments of 2020.[12]

Initially, World Snooker Tour 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 and behind closed doors. On 4 November, however, days after the UK Government announced a lockdown for all of England, this was then revised to include the entire tournament.[13]

Due to COVID-19, the remainder of the season will only be played in Europe. Despite space being allocated for back-to-back events in China during March, it has been confirmed on 3 December 2020 that there will be no tournaments in China 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 has been added, taking place between January and March of the new year.[14]

Since the pandemic is a fluid and dynamically changing global event, all locations that aren't Milton Keynes in the following table are subject to change, based on lockdowns and country-wide infection rates.[15]

Date Country Rank Tournament name Venue City Winner Runner-up Score Ref.
08-19 08-22  ENG WST World Seniors Championship Crucible Theatre Sheffield England Jimmy White Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 5–4 [16]
09-21 09-27  ENG WR European Masters Marshall Arena Milton Keynes England Mark Selby England Martin Gould 9–8 [17]
10-12 10-18  ENG WR English Open Marshall Arena Milton Keynes England Judd Trump Australia Neil Robertson 9–8 [18]
09-13 10-30  ENG WR Championship League Ballroom, Stadium MK Milton Keynes England Kyren Wilson England Judd Trump 3–1 [19]
11-02 11-08  ENG NR Champion of Champions Marshall Arena Milton Keynes Northern Ireland Mark Allen Australia Neil Robertson 10–6 [20]
11-16 11-22  ENG WR Northern Ireland Open Marshall Arena Milton Keynes England Judd Trump England Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–7 [21]
11-23 12-06  ENG WR UK Championship Marshall Arena Milton Keynes Australia Neil Robertson England Judd Trump 10–9 [22]
12-07 12-13  ENG WR Scottish Open Marshall Arena Milton Keynes
12-14 12-20  ENG WR World Grand Prix Marshall Arena Milton Keynes
01-10 01-17  ENG NR Masters Alexandra Palace London
01-27 01-31 tbc WR German Masters
02-04 02-07 tbc WR Snooker Shoot Out
02-05 02-07  BEL WWS Belgian Women's Open The Trickshot Bruges
02-15 02-21 tbc WR Welsh Open
02-22 02-28 tbc WR Players Championship
03-01 03-07 tbc WR Gibraltar Open
01-18 03-21  ENG WR WST Pro Series
03-22 03-28  ENG WR Tour Championship
03-27 03-28  IRL WST Seniors Irish Masters Goffs Kill
01-03 04-04  ENG NR Championship League
04-17 05-03  ENG WR World Championship Crucible Theatre Sheffield
05-06 05-09  ENG WST World Seniors Championship[23] Crucible Theatre Sheffield
WR = World ranking event
NR = Non-ranking event
QT = Q Tour event
WST = World Seniors Tour
WSS = World Women's Snooker

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 R24 R16 QF TF SF F W
European Masters N/A £0 N/A N/A N/A £3,000 N/A £4,000 N/A £6,000 £11,000 N/A £17,500 £35,000 £80,000
English Open N/A £0 N/A N/A N/A £3,000 N/A £4,000 N/A £7,500 £10,000 N/A £20,000 £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]
£5,000
[note 5]
£6,000
[note 6]
£8,000
[note 7]
£9,000
[note 8]
£11,000
[note 9]
£23,000 £33,000
Northern Ireland Open N/A £0 N/A N/A N/A £3,000 N/A £4,000 N/A £7,500 £10,000 N/A £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
UK Championship N/A £0 N/A N/A N/A £6,500 N/A £12,000 N/A £17,000 £24,500 N/A £40,000 £80,000 £200,000
Scottish Open N/A £0 N/A N/A N/A £3,000 N/A £4,000 N/A £7,500 £10,000 N/A £20,000 £30,000 £70,000

Statistics of ranking tournaments

Below is a list of players who have reached a final of a ranking event in the 2020–21 season.[24]

Finalists

Rank Name Nationality Winner Runner-up Finals Winning tournaments
1 Judd Trump  England 2 2 4 2020 English Open
2020 Northern Ireland Open
2 Neil Robertson  Australia 1 1 2 2020 UK Championship
3 Mark Selby  England 1 0 1 2020 European Masters
Kyren Wilson  England 1 0 1 2020 Championship League
5 Martin Gould  England 0 1 1
Ronnie O'Sullivan  England 0 1 1
Total 5 5 10 5 of 14 tournaments completed

Champions by country

Rank Country Players Titles
1  England 3 4
2  Australia 1 1
Total 4 5

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

References

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  3. ^ a b "Clarke And Brown Book Crucible Spots". World Snooker. 28 July 2020. Archived from the original on 29 July 2020. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
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  10. ^ https://wst.tv/doherty-awarded-invitational-tour-card/
  11. ^ "King of the Crucible Hendry returns". World Snooker Tour. 1 September 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Milton Keynes To Host Season Opening Events". World Snooker. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  13. ^ "UK Championship: Entire event to be played in Milton Keynes". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  14. ^ "New WST Pro Series Added to Snooker Calendar". World Snooker. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  15. ^ "2021 WST Calendar Announced". World Snooker. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  16. ^ "White Completes Epic Comeback". World Snooker. 23 August 2020.
  17. ^ "Selby Edges Gould In Thriller". World Snooker. 27 September 2020.
  18. ^ "Trump Beats Robertson In Fantastic Final". World Snooker. 18 October 2020.
  19. ^ "Wilson Claims Championship League Crown". World Snooker. 30 October 2020.
  20. ^ "Allen Crowned Champion Of Champions". World Snooker. 8 November 2020.
  21. ^ "Northern Ireland Open Snooker 2020 – Judd Trump Halts Ronnie O'sullivan Comeback To Claim Hat-Trick". Eurosport. 22 November 2020.
  22. ^ "Robertson Edges Trump In Thrilling UK Final". World Snooker. 7 December 2020.
  23. ^ https://seniorsnooker.com
  24. ^ Årdalen, Hermund. "Finals 2019/2020 - snooker.org". snooker.org. Archived from the original on 31 December 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2020.

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