World Snooker Tour Breaks New Ground with Xi’an Grand Prix in 2024-25 Season

World Snooker Tour Announces Exciting Addition to 2024-25 Calendar with Inaugural Xi’an Grand Prix in China

In a major development for snooker enthusiasts worldwide, the World Snooker Tour (WST) is set to expand its footprint in China with the introduction of the Xi’an Grand Prix to the 2024/25 calendar. The tournament marks the first-ever WST event to be hosted in the historic city of Xi’an in China’s Shaanxi Province, thanks to a new multi-year agreement with the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association and Shaanxi Sports Industry Group Limited.

Scheduled to run from August 19-25 in its inaugural year, the Xi’an Grand Prix boasts a total prize pool of £850,000, with a top prize of £177,000. The prize money is set to escalate in the following years, reaching £875,000 and then £900,000, promising an increasingly competitive and lucrative event.

Xi’an, with its population of 13 million, holds a significant place in history as the eastern terminus of the ancient Silk Road trade route, dating back over 2,000 years. The city served as the capital for several ancient dynasties and is famed for being home to the world-renowned Terracotta Warriors. Today, Xi’an stands as a cultural, financial, and educational hub in the region.

WST Chairman Barry Dawson expressed his enthusiasm for the expansion, stating, “This is fantastic news for our players and fans as we continue our global development and particularly our presence in China.” Dawson highlighted the success of WST’s return to mainland China during the 2023/24 season, emphasizing the positive reception from cities hosting events.

Dawson added, “We are thrilled and excited to announce a new event and to be heading for the first time to the fascinating location of Xi’an, with its remarkable history and culture.” He extended gratitude to the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association and Shaanxi Sports Industry Group Limited for their dedication to growing the sport in China.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson commended the addition of the Xi’an Grand Prix, emphasizing its significance as a major ranking event that will benefit the full playing membership. He expressed gratitude to partners at WST and in China for their support.

Provisional dates for further events in China during the 2024/25 season include the Shanghai Masters in July, Xi’an Grand Prix qualifiers from July 25-28, Wuhan Open qualifiers from August 26–28, International Championship qualifiers from October 1–4, Wuhan Open from October 7-13, International Championship from November 3-10, World Open qualifiers from December 16–19, and World Open from March 3-9.

Snooker enthusiasts worldwide can look forward to an exciting season ahead with these events showcasing top-tier talent and thrilling competition in the heart of China.

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