Fedor Gorst Joins Team USA for Landmark Mosconi Cup

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In a significant moment for the Nineball community, Fedor Gorst, formerly ranked No.2 in the Team Europe qualification rankings, is set to represent the United States at the prestigious event in London, England.

This transition comes following Fedor Gorst’s recent acquisition of permanent residency in the United States, marking a pivotal and thrilling juncture in the esteemed history of the Mosconi Cup. After securing a runners-up finish and accumulating $25,000 WNT ranking points at the US Open Pool Championship in Atlantic City, Gorst earned his qualification for December’s showcase at Alexandra Palace. His representation of the United States in the Mosconi Cup signifies an exciting new phase in his burgeoning career, where he will now proudly represent the USA across all World Nineball Tour events, commencing with the Hanoi Open Pool Championship this week.

Due to Gorst’s change in country representation, the second qualification spot for Team Europe has been secured by European Open champion David Alcaide. He will join his fellow Spaniard and World Cup of Pool partner Francisco Sanchez Ruiz as part of Ralph Eckert’s roster. Alcaide, boasting a 75% success rate in the trans-Atlantic feature, is set to compete in his third consecutive Mosconi Cup and fifth overall.

This alteration in representation across the WNT events aligns with Matchroom’s policy on country representation, detailed here. Matchroom Multi-Sport CEO, Emily Frazer, expressed, “This is one of the most exciting announcements in the 30-year history of the Mosconi Cup, with American fans able to witness another world-class player showcase their skills on the grandest stage. Fedor received a great reception when representing the Americans at his run to the final at the US Open last month, and with David, the newly crowned European Open Champion, confirmed for Europe, two of Nineball’s current greatest will go head-to-head at the 30th anniversary of the Mosconi Cup.”

Fedor Gorst conveyed his excitement: “Since I moved to the USA in February of last year, I’ve been welcomed with open arms everywhere I’ve been. The people of America have treated me like one of their own. I have felt this for months, and especially with the support I received at the US Open. I felt like I was truly home. For that reason as well as my recent approval for permanent residency, I’m so excited to represent the red, white and blue of USA across WNT events as well as Team USA at the Mosconi Cup. I can’t wait to head to London in December and join up with Jeremy and Skyler – let’s go USA!”

Following his confirmation of qualification, David Alcaide shared his excitement: “At the start of every season, me and Francisco aim for the Mosconi Cup. With only three players getting in from the rankings, for me and Fran to be the first is an amazing feeling. The event is on a different level to everything else. I have never felt pressure like it before in my life. It is a dream for every player to play in the Mosconi Cup. 30 years of this special tournament promises to be bigger than ever. I hope to see as many Spanish fans in London as possible!”

The Mosconi Cup is scheduled to take place at Alexandra Palace, London, between December 6-9, 2023, and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom & Ireland and DAZN in the United States. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here. Two additional players will qualify upon the completion of the Hanoi Open Pool Championship, with Captain Picks to follow shortly after. With the inclusion of Fedor Gorst in the American roster, featuring some of the best pool players from both Europe and the United States, this year’s event promises to be more thrilling than ever.

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