British Open Qualifiers Kick Off in Leicester: Road to Snooker Glory Begins

Starting today, the 14th of August, will be the British Open qualifiers at the Morningside Arena in Leicester. Over the course of six days, players from the main tour will be engaged in preliminary-round matches, striving to secure their passage to the venue stages of the third ranking tournament of the season.

This year’s edition of the tournament will see a new location, as it will be held for the first time at The Centaur in Cheltenham, scheduled towards the end of September.

The top-seeded players will have their opening fixtures postponed to the main stages of the competition, set to take place next month. This group includes defending champion Ryan Day, world champion Luca Brecel, and world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Noteworthy figures such as Mark Selby, Mark Allen, Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, John Higgins, and Mark Williams will also be stepping onto the venue’s grounds for their initial matches.

Shaun Murphy, who has secured three ranking titles in 2023, including the season-opening Championship League, will also see his match deferred.

A significant portion of the pro snooker circuit’s remaining competitors will navigate their British Open qualifiers within a cubicle setting.

Distinguishing itself, the British Open is one of the rare tournaments on the calendar that employs a random draw format throughout.

In the qualifiers, matches will be decided over the best of seven frames, a setup often conducive to upsets. Hence, a strong start might prove to be of pivotal importance.

Notable participants in the Leicester event include Si Jiahui, a 2023 World Championship semi-finalist, along with Hossein Vafaei, Stuart Bingham, and Jimmy White.

The latter, who secured victory in the World Seniors Championship in May, is set to face Stephen Maguire in a rematch of their European Open final showdown from nearly two decades ago.

Live coverage of the tournament will be available in Europe via discovery+, and in other territories outside China through Matchroom.Live.

The British Open boasts an impressive total prize fund of nearly half a million pounds, with the eventual champion receiving a £100,000 cheque on October 1st.

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