The original details were as below – but WST have announced that Q School has been postponed until after the completion of the postponed Betfred World Championship.
You can see the full announcement here: https://wst.tv/betfred-world-championship-postponed/
As the world itself faces an uncertain future, the proposals may seem optimistic. There’s going to have to be a lot of difficult decisions made about next season yet.
Entry for Q School 2020 is now open and will close on Wednesday, 8 April 2020 at 12 noon.
The event starts on 18 May which is two weeks after the World Championship finishes. Presumably, any professional who does not make the top 64 on the rankings will be allowed to enter Q School between 8 April and 4 May.
This year the setting is Ponds Forge in Sheffield and, as usual, there will be three tournaments, with the four semi-finalists in each one to earn a place on the World Snooker Tour for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons. However, at this stage there are no plans to issue cards to the next four players on the Q School Order of Merit as happened last year.
On the WST website, Barry Hearn said:
“Our tour is going from strength to strength. Players are travelling the globe, living in the limelight and competing for millions of pounds in prize money. Next season we have a huge event in Saudi Arabia, and we are always looking towards growing the sport around the globe.
“Q School is a fantastic event because it’s all about ability. Everyone starts on a level playing field, and the talent will rise to the top. And even those who don’t earn a tour card can still gain entry into certain ranking events if they finish high enough on the Q School Order of Merit.
“We have seen some fantastic players come through Q School in the past and go on to great things, such as David Gilbert who is now among the top 16 and living the dream of a player on the global stage.
“We are delighted to stage the event at Ponds Forge in Sheffield this year as it is a top class venue. And it’s just a stone’s throw from the Crucible – where those who ‘make it’ could one day be stepping out.
“My advice to any player from around the world – male or female – is that if you believe you are good enough, then get your name down and start practising. Q School is the chance to pursue your biggest ambition.”