2019–20 snooker season

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The 2019–20 snooker season is an ongoing professional snooker season with tournaments played between 9 May 2019 and 16 August 2020. The season was originally planned for 46 tournaments, 18 of which carry ranking points. The season was heavily impacted by the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, with the 2020 China Open,[1] the Tour Championship,[2] and the World Snooker Championship postponed,[3] and the Gibraltar Open played with no audience.[4]

The previous season's World Championship winner Judd Trump won the most ranking tournaments, six in total, a record for a season. Three other players, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, and Shaun Murphy, all won more than one ranking tournament. Two players won their first ranking tournament, Yan Bingtao winning the Riga Masters, and Michael Holt winning the Snooker Shoot Out. The season featured events held in Austria for the first time.

In the first two Triple Crown events: Ding Junhui won the UK Championship for the third time, his first for ten years, defeating Stephen Maguire in the final; and Stuart Bingham won the Masters for the first time, defeating Ali Carter in the final. The third Triple Crown event, the 2020 World Championship, originally scheduled for 18 April to 4 May 2020, is now expected to take place between 31 July and 16 August 2020.

Players[edit source | edit]

Players on the Main Tour
by nation
 Australia 2
 Belgium 1
 Brazil 1
 China 23
 Cyprus 1
 England 59
 Germany 1
 Hong Kong 2
 Iran 2
 Ireland 2
 Israel 1
 Malaysia 1
 Malta 1
 Morocco 1
 Northern Ireland 3
 Norway 1
 Poland 2
Template:Country data Scotland 7
  Switzerland 1
 Thailand 4
 Wales 12
Total 128

The World Snooker Tour in the 2019/2020 season consists of the standard field of 128 professional players, including an invitational tour card for Jimmy White.[5] The top 64 players from the prize money rankings after the 2019 World Championship, and the 29 players earning a two-year card the previous year automatically qualified for the season. Next, eight places were allocated to the top 8 on the One Year Ranking List who have not already qualified for the Main Tour. Another three players came from the Challenge Tour, two players came from the CBSA China Tour, and a further 16 places were available through the Q School (four Event 1 winners, four Event 2 winners, and four Event 3 winners and 4 Order of Merit places). The rest of the places on to the tour came from amateur events and national governing body (NGB) nominations.[5]

New professional players[edit source | edit]

All players listed below received a tour card for two seasons.[5]

Calendar[edit source | edit]

The following table outlines the dates and results for all the ranking events, major invitational events, the Challenge Tour, and World Seniors Tour.[13][14][15]

Date[note 1] Country Rank Tournament name Venue City Winner Runner-up Score Ref.
05-09 05-12 Template:Country data AUT P/A Vienna Open 15 Reds Köö Wien Snooker Club Vienna England Mark Joyce England Mark King 5–4 [16]
06-24 06-30  CHN TE World Cup (team event) Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium Wuxi Template:Country data Scotland  China B 4–0 [17]
07-20 07-23  ENG P/A Pink Ribbon South West Snooker Academy Gloucester England Stuart Bingham Northern Ireland Mark Allen 4–3 [18]
07-26 07-28 Template:Country data LAT WR Riga Masters Arena Riga Riga China Yan Bingtao England Mark Joyce 5–2 [19]
08-04 08-11  CHN WR International Championship Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre Daqing England Judd Trump England Shaun Murphy 10–3 [20]
08-15 08-18  ENG WST World Seniors Championship Crucible Theatre Sheffield England Jimmy White Wales Darren Morgan 5–3 [21]
08-24 08-25  GER NR Paul Hunter Classic Stadthalle Fürth England Barry Hawkins England Kyren Wilson 4–3 [22]
08-31 09-01  GER CT Challenge Tour 1 Ballroom Nürnberg Nuremberg Hong Kong Cheung Ka Wai England Oliver Brown 3–1 [23]
09-02 09-07 Template:Country data THA NR Six-red World Championship Bangkok Convention Center Bangkok Template:Country data SCO Stephen Maguire Template:Country data SCO John Higgins 8–6 [24]
09-09 09-15  CHN NR Shanghai Masters Regal International East Asia Hotel Shanghai England Ronnie O'Sullivan England Shaun Murphy 11–9 [25]
09-21 09-22  ENG CT Challenge Tour 2 The Crucible Sports & Social Club Newbury England Jake Nicholson Wales Andrew Pagett 3–1 [26]
09-23 09-29  CHN WR China Championship Guangzhou Tianhe Sports Centre Guangzhou England Shaun Murphy Wales Mark Williams 10–9 [27]
10-05 10-06  ENG CT Challenge Tour 3 Northern Snooker Centre Leeds Wales Andrew Pagett Northern Ireland Robbie McGuigan 3–0 [28]
10-14 10-20  ENG WR English Open K2 Crawley England Mark Selby England David Gilbert 9–1 [29]
10-19 10-20 Template:Country data BEL CT Challenge Tour 4 The Trickshot Bruges England Ashley Hugill Template:Country data IRL Aaron Hill 3–1 [30]
10-24 10-25  ENG WST UK Seniors Championship Hull Venue Hull Template:Country data IRL Michael Judge England Jimmy White 4–2 [31]
10-22 10-26  CHN NR Haining Open Haining Sports Center Haining Template:Country data THA Thepchaiya Un-Nooh China Li Hang 5–3 [32]
10-28 11-03  CHN WR World Open Yushan Sport Centre Yushan England Judd Trump Template:Country data THA Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 10–5 [33]
11-04 11-10  ENG NR Champion of Champions Ricoh Arena Coventry Template:Country data AUS Neil Robertson England Judd Trump 10–9 [34]
11-11 11-17  NIR WR Northern Ireland Open Waterfront Hall Belfast England Judd Trump England Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–7 [35]
11-16 11-17 Template:Country data HUN CT Challenge Tour 6 Hungary Snooker Academy Budapest England Oliver Brown England Ashley Hugill 3–1 [36]
11-26 12-08  ENG WR UK Championship Barbican Centre York China Ding Junhui Template:Country data SCO Stephen Maguire 10–6 [37]
12-09 12-15 Template:Country data SCO WR Scottish Open Emirates Arena Glasgow England Mark Selby England Jack Lisowski 9–6 [38]
12-14 12-15 Template:Country data BEL CT Challenge Tour 7 De Maxx Pelt Template:Country data SCO Dean Young Wales Andrew Pagett 3–1 [39]
01-12 01-19  ENG NR The Masters Alexandra Palace London England Stuart Bingham England Ali Carter 10–8 [40]
01-18 01-19  ENG CT Challenge Tour 8 Tamworth Sports Bar Tamworth Germany Lukas Kleckers Wales Tyler Rees 3–1 [41]
01-22 01-26 Template:Country data AUT WR European Masters Messe Dornbirn Dornbirn Template:Country data AUS Neil Robertson China Zhou Yuelong 9–0 [42]
01-29 02-02  GER WR German Masters Tempodrom Berlin England Judd Trump Template:Country data AUS Neil Robertson 9–6 [43]
02-03 02-09  ENG WR World Grand Prix The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse Cheltenham Template:Country data AUS Neil Robertson Template:Country data SCO Graeme Dott 10–8 [44]
02-10 02-16  WAL WR Welsh Open Motorpoint Arena Cardiff England Shaun Murphy England Kyren Wilson 9–1 [45]
02-15 02-16  WAL CT Challenge Tour 9 Terry Griffiths Matchroom Llanelli England Ashley Hugill England Sydney Wilson 3–1 [46]
02-20 02-23  ENG WR Snooker Shoot Out Watford Colosseum Watford England Michael Holt China Zhou Yuelong 1–0 [47]
02-28 02-29  ENG CT Challenge Tour 5 The Winchester Leicester England Allan Taylor Template:Country data SCO Michael Collumb 3–1 [48]
02-24 03-01  ENG WR Players Championship Waterfront Southport England Judd Trump China Yan Bingtao 10–4 [49]
03-01 03-02  ENG CT Challenge Tour 10 The Winchester Leicester England Adam Duffy England Kuldesh Johal 3–1 [50]
10-07 03-05  ENG NR Championship League Morningside Arena Leicester Template:Country data SCO Scott Donaldson Template:Country data SCO Graeme Dott 3–0 [51]
03-13 03-15 Template:Country data GIB WR Gibraltar Open Europa Point Sports Complex Gibraltar England Judd Trump England Kyren Wilson 4–3 [52]
07-21 07-26  WAL WR Tour Championship Venue Cymru Llandudno Template:Country data none Template:Country data none
07-31 08-01 Template:Country data IRL WST Seniors Irish Masters Goffs Kildare Template:Country data none Template:Country data none
07-31 08-16  ENG WR World Championship Crucible Theatre Sheffield Template:Country data none Template:Country data none
WR = World ranking event
NR = Non-ranking event
TE = Team event
P/A = Pro–am event
CT = Challenge Tour event
WST = World Seniors Tour

Official rankings[edit source | edit]

The 2019–20 snooker season featured the following points distribution for world ranking events:[53]

Round
Tournament
R144 R128 R112 R80 R64 R48 R32 R16 QF SF F W
Riga Masters N/A £0 N/A N/A £2,000 N/A £3,000 £4,000 £6,000 £15,000 £25,000 £50,000
International Championship N/A £0 N/A N/A £4,750 N/A £8,500 £13,500 £21,500 £32,000 £75,000 £175,000
China Championship N/A £0 N/A N/A £4,750 N/A £7,500 £13,000 £20,000 £32,000 £75,000 £150,000
English Open N/A £0 N/A N/A £3,000 N/A £4,000 £7,500 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
World Open N/A £0 N/A N/A £5,000 N/A £8,000 £13,500 £20,000 £32,500 £75,000 £150,000
Northern Ireland Open N/A £0 N/A N/A £3,000 N/A £4,000 £7,500 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
UK Championship N/A £0 N/A N/A £6,500 N/A £12,000 £17,000 £24,500 £40,000 £80,000 £200,000
Scottish Open N/A £0 N/A N/A £3,000 N/A £4,000 £7,500 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
European Masters N/A £0 N/A N/A £3,000 N/A £4,000 £6,000 £11,000 £17,500 £35,000 £80,000
German Masters N/A £0 N/A N/A £3,000 N/A £4,000 £5,000 £10,000 £20,000 £35,000 £80,000
World Grand Prix N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A £5,000[note 2] £7,500 £12,500 £20,000 £40,000 £100,000
Welsh Open N/A £0 N/A N/A £3,000 N/A £4,000 £7,500 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
Shoot Out N/A £250[note 2] N/A N/A £500 N/A £1,000 £2,000 £4,000 £8,000 £20,000 £50,000
Players Championship N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A £10,000[note 2] £15,000 £30,000 £50,000 £125,000
Gibraltar Open N/A £0 N/A N/A £2,000 N/A £3,000 £4,000 £5,000 £6,000 £20,000 £50,000
Tour Championship N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A £20,000[note 2] £40,000 £60,000 £150,000
World Championship £0 N/A £5,000[note 3] £10,000[note 3] N/A £15,000 £20,000[note 3] £30,000 £50,000 £100,000 £200,000 £500,000

Statistics of ranking tournaments[edit source | edit]

Below is a list of players who have reached a final of a ranking event in the 2019–20 season.[54]

Finalists[edit source | edit]

Rank Name Nationality Winner Runner-up Finals Winning tournaments
1 Judd Trump Template:ENG 6 0 6 2019 International Championship
2019 World Open
2019 Northern Ireland Open
2020 German Masters
2020 Players Championship
2020 Gibraltar Open
2 Neil Robertson  Australia 2 1 3 2020 European Masters
2020 World Grand Prix
Shaun Murphy Template:ENG 2 1 3 2019 China Championship
2020 Welsh Open
4 Mark Selby Template:ENG 2 0 2 2019 English Open
2019 Scottish Open
5 Yan Bingtao  China 1 1 2 2019 Riga Masters
6 Ding Junhui  China 1 0 1 2019 UK Championship
Michael Holt Template:ENG 1 0 1 2020 Snooker Shoot Out
8 Kyren Wilson Template:ENG 0 2 2
Zhou Yuelong  China 0 2 2
10 Mark Joyce Template:ENG 0 1 1
Mark Williams Template:WAL 0 1 1
David Gilbert Template:ENG 0 1 1
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh Template:THA 0 1 1
Ronnie O'Sullivan Template:ENG 0 1 1
Stephen Maguire Template:SCO 0 1 1
Jack Lisowski Template:ENG 0 1 1
Graeme Dott Template:SCO 0 1 1
Total 15 15 30 15 of 17 tournaments completed

Champions by country[edit source | edit]

Rank Country Players Titles
1  England 4 11
2  China 2 2
 Australia 1 2
Total 7 15

Notes[edit source | edit]

  1. Dates use month–day format
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 First round losers in the Shoot Out, Coral World Grand Prix, Coral Players Championship and Coral Tour Championship will receive their prize money in full however this money will not count towards the prize money rankings
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Players who lose their first match receive no ranking points

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