World Snooker Championship preview 2020
The World Snooker Championship is the number one tournament of the year and is reflected by this being the largest in prize money and the longest of formats lasting over two weeks. It’s great news that the tournament has now been rescheduled to start on July 31st 2020.
The tournament has a huge heritage in the UK from its origin in 1927 and then it’s venue of ‘The Crucible’ in Sheffield since 1977. Covered on the BBC (free to view) TV in the UK, this ensured national coverage throughout the two week period in April every year.
The format of the tournament covers 32 players playing for the title starting with the best of 19 frames in round 1 of the event, then the second round and quarter-finals being the best of 25 frames, then best of 33 frames for the semi-final and the marathon final which is a real test of stamina being the best of 35 frames.
Looking at the recent history of the tournament Stephen Hendry from Scotland has won the competition the most with 7 victories from his 23 appearances which is a fantastic return and just shows his dominance in the 1990s.
After Hendry, next up is Steve Davis and Ray Reardon. If the 1990’s belonged to Stephen Hendry, then the 1980’s were the Davis years. He dominated this era and interest in Snooker was at an all-time high during this period. Ray Reardon was the key figure in the 1970’s with all his wins coming in that decade.
More recently Ronnie O’Sullivan has been a key figure in Snooker and dominated many tournaments throughout the years and has won 5 titles since 2000. Should Ronnie have been as concentrated in his approach as Hendry and Davis, he would have won more than these 5 titles.
When it comes to World Snooker Championships you have to mention Jimmy White. A ‘legend’ of the game he has finished runner up 6 times and been a fans favourite over the years.
The 2019 winner of the World Snooker Tournament is Judd Trump. Trump is seen as the young kid on the block with a huge amount of talent and could be the next player to dominate Snooker. He is on a fantastic run of form since winning last year’s tournament and likely to go well this year.
Mark Selby is another candidate who will look to regain the title having won the event in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Selby is a consistently good pro who plays well over the long format of the game.
Finally Neil Robertson is a player who is coming back to form. The 2010 winner is playing well this year and knows how to win this tournament so can be a player to consider for the title.
This year’s World Snooker Championship is likely to be one of the first major tournaments to take place after COVID19. All of the top 5 players have the capability to win events given they have proven success at The Crucible and know what it takes to win. Judd Trump is favourite to win following by Neil Robertson and Ronnie O’Sullivan. Mark Selby is next best followed by Shaun Murphy.
Other players who have the capability to deliver on the big stage include Ding Junhui, Stuart Bingham and Barry Hawkins, but with all of them not in great form, it will need a super strong effort and consistent good Snooker to get through to the final and win the event.
He is favourite for a reason, but Judd Trump is playing outstanding Snooker and since winning the World Snooker Championship last year has won six ranking titles of the current season. This dominance will give him super confidence coming into the biggest event of the year.
Looking at history there is plenty of evidence of back to back winners of the tournament and this includes Reardon, Davis, Hendy, O’Sullivan and Selby. So with stats suggesting retaining the title is very much achievable, Trump is playing the best Snooker of his career and the longer format of the game will show his super talent.
11/4 (3.75) (+275) Judd Trump to win World Snooker Championship 2020