Yesterday the World Snooker Tour (WST) announced the draw for the Challenge Tour Play-off and the full line-up of players for the Betfred World Snooker Championship.
Challenge Tour Play-off
The Challenge Tour Play-off features the top eight in the Challenge Tour rankings who have not already secured their main-tour place for next season.
Ashley Hugill and Lucas Kleckers finished 1 and 2 respectively so get their main-tour place for the next two seasons.
Andrew Pagett (3) earned his main-tour place by winning the European Championship which gave a place in this play-off to Jake Nicholson (11).
Ka Wai Cheung (10) withdrew because of travel difficulties due to the coronavirus handing Tyler Rees (12) his place.
At the moment I have no idea how the draw has been done as it is clearly not the normal, expected seeded draw.
The eight players who are competing in the Challenge Tour Play-off will also take part in the qualifiers for the World Championship.
World Championship Qualifiers
The full list for the Betfred World Snooker Championship was announced and it includes lots of amateurs.
There are 128 players competing in the qualifiers for the 16 places at the Crucible where they will take on the top 16 in the current world rankings.
The draw, which is a staggered draw this time, hasn’t been announced yet.
Several players ranked outside the top 16 decided not to enter the qualifying event and they have been replaced as follows:
- The eight players competing in the Challenge Tour Play-Off event, to be staged on July 20.
- The top eight players from the 2019 Q School ranking list.
- Players invited by the WPBSA.
There are 34 players in the list classed as amateurs although some have already secured their main-tour place and one will be the winner of the play-offs. So 26 [my count] true amateurs will be taking part.