Eckert and Jones to Captain Team Europe and Team USA in the 2023 Mosconi Cup

Ralph Eckert and Jeremy Jones have been chosen to lead Team Europe and Team USA, respectively, in the upcoming 2023 Mosconi Cup. This prestigious 30th-anniversary edition of the event will take place at Alexandra Palace in London from December 6 to 9 and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK, DAZN in the USA, and various networks worldwide.

Ralph Eckert, a renowned coach with a career spanning back to 1982, will step into the role of Team Europe’s captain, following in the footsteps of fellow countryman Oliver Ortmann. Eckert’s extensive experience in the world of professional pool makes him a fitting choice for this responsibility.

Team Europe enters the Mosconi Cup in excellent form, having secured victory in the last three editions, including a hard-fought 11-7 win in Las Vegas last December. Joshua Filler was named the Cuetec MVP during that electric four-day competition, where the USA gave their European counterparts a run for their money.

Eckert acknowledges the weight of the captain’s role: “I am overwhelmed. It’s a very big honor. You can be captain of a local team or squad or national team, but to be captain of a whole continent is something special.”

Regarding the pressure, Eckert remains undaunted, stating, “I am motivated by that pressure. It doesn’t matter which topic it is; if there is some pressure, the recipe is still the same. We have to prepare and be optimistic and positive.”

Eckert’s team will include three automatic selections based on the World Nineball Tour Rankings, with Francisco Sanchez Ruiz already securing the first spot. Additional automatic selections will follow after the US Open Pool Championship in Atlantic City and the inaugural Asian Open Pool Championship in Hanoi City. The final two players for both Europe and the USA will be captain’s wild cards.

Jeremy Jones returns as the USA captain for the fourth year, bringing his deep knowledge of the American pool scene. He led Team USA to victory in 2019 as vice-captain and aims to guide his team to success this year.

Jones emphasizes the need to stay positive and learn from past experiences: “We need to feed off the positive and realize where we went wrong… We’re there to go toe to toe with them. It’s going to be the best Mosconi Cup yet.”

The Mosconi Cup’s prize fund has been increased by 30%, with the winning team members set to receive $40,000 each and the runners-up taking home $20,000 each. The event promises to deliver an electric atmosphere, with Matchroom’s plans to create a 360-degree arena in London. The USA hopes to secure victory on European soil for the first time since 2018.

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