2020–21 snooker season
|Duration||21 September 2020 – 9 May 2021|
|Tournaments||20 (15 ranking events)|
|Triple Crown winners|
|UK Championship||Template:Country data AUS|
|Masters||Yan Bingtao (CHN)|
The 2020–21 snooker season is a professional snooker season with tournaments played between 21 September 2020 and 9 May 2021.
Players[edit source | edit]
|Players on the Main Tour|
|Template:Country data Scotland||8|
The World Snooker Tour in the 2020–21 season consists of a field of 128 professional players. The top 64 players from the prize money rankings after the 2020 World Championship, and the 35 players earning a two-year card the previous year automatically qualify for the season. Next, four places are allocated to the top four on the One Year Ranking List who have not already qualified for the Main Tour. Another two players came from the Challenge Tour, two players came from the CBSA China Tour, and a further 12 places were available through the Q School (four Event 1 winners, four Event 2 winners and four Event 3 winners). Two-year tour cards were also awarded to any player outside the top 64, who qualified for the main stage of the 2020 World Snooker Championship at the Crucible. The rest of the places on to the tour came from amateur events and national governing body (NGB) nominations.
New professional players[edit source | edit]
All players listed below received a tour card for two seasons.
Calendar[edit source | edit]
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the season since the start. Early in the season, WST announced that all tournaments up to and including the Champion of Champions would be played at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. Not long after this, this would be revised to include all tournaments of 2020.
Initially, World Snooker Tour announced that the UK Championship would have the first round played at the same arena, but all televised stages would then be played at the York Barbican and behind closed doors. On 4 November, however, days after the UK Government announced a lockdown for all of England, this was then revised to include the entire tournament.
Due to COVID-19, the remainder of the season will only be played in Europe. Despite space being allocated for back-to-back events in China during March, it has been confirmed on 3 December 2020 that there will be no tournaments in China due to continuing travel restrictions, making it the first season in more than a decade where no tournaments would be staged in Asia. In its place, a new WST Pro Series has been added, taking place between January and March of the new year.
On 4 January 2021, just a week prior to the event starting, the World Snooker Tour announced that the Masters will be played at the Marshall Arena as with all other events of the season so far. This was due to the logistical challenges associated with Alexandra Palace having no on-site facilities and lengthy travel requirements from a hotel, preventing a secure 'bubble' from being formed to host the event. After receiving an OBE, Hearn also indicated that it is "very likely" that all tournaments – with the exception of the World Championships – will similarly be played at the same location.
Since the pandemic is a fluid and dynamically changing global event, all locations that aren't Milton Keynes in the following table are subject to change, based on lockdowns and country-wide infection rates.
|WR = World ranking event|
|NR = Non-ranking event|
|WST = World Seniors Tour|
World ranking points[edit source | edit]
The 2020–21 snooker season featured the following points distribution for world ranking events:
|Northern Ireland Open||N/A||0||N/A||N/A||N/A||3,000||N/A||4,000||N/A||7,500||10,000||N/A||20,000||30,000||70,000|
|World Grand Prix||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||0||N/A||7,500||12,500||N/A||20,000||40,000||100,000|
Finalists in ranking tournaments[edit source | edit]
Below is a list of players who have reached a final of a ranking event in the 2020–21 season.
|1||Judd Trump||Template:ENG||3||2||5||2020 English Open|
2020 Northern Ireland Open
2020 World Grand Prix
|2||Mark Selby||Template:ENG||2||0||2||2020 European Masters|
2020 Scottish Open
|3||Neil Robertson||Australia||1||1||2||2020 UK Championship|
|4||Kyren Wilson||Template:ENG||1||0||1||2020 Championship League|
|Total||7||7||14||7 of 15 tournaments completed|
Notes[edit source | edit]
- First stage fourth-placed
- First stage third-placed
- First stage runner-up
- Second stage fourth-placed
- Second stage third-placed
- Second stage runner-up
- Third stage fourth-placed
- Third stage third-placed
- Third stage runner-up
References[edit source | edit]
- "Tour Nationalities 2020/21". wst.tv. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
- "Snooker Continues To Lead Sport's Return With Tour Structure Plans". Archived from the original on 8 June 2020. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
- "Clarke And Brown Book Crucible Spots". World Snooker. 28 July 2020. Archived from the original on 29 July 2020. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
- "Andrew Pagett is the 2020 European Snooker Champion". EBSA. 19 March 2020. Archived from the original on 26 April 2020. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
- "Andrew Pagett Tour Card Deferral". World Snooker. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
- "Aaron Hill wins U21 European Snooker Championship". Sports Matters. 14 March 2020. Archived from the original on 20 August 2020. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
- "Ashley Hugill Triumphs in WSF Open". SnookerHQ. 18 January 2020. Archived from the original on 12 June 2020. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
- "2019/2020 Season Points". Archived from the original on 19 July 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
- "Snooker Continues To Lead Sport's Return With Tour Structure Plans". World Snooker. 8 June 2020. Archived from the original on 8 June 2020. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
- "King of the Crucible Hendry returns". World Snooker Tour. 1 September 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
- "Milton Keynes To Host Season Opening Events". World Snooker. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
- "UK Championship: Entire event to be played in Milton Keynes". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
- "New WST Pro Series Added to Snooker Calendar". World Snooker. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
- "Masters to be staged at Milton Keynes". World Snooker. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
- "This is my proudest moment, says Barry Hearn as he insists Britain must return to normal by Easter". Nick Metcalfe @ Sporting Life. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
- "2021 WST Calendar Announced". World Snooker. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
- "Selby Edges Gould In Thriller". World Snooker. 27 September 2020.
- "Trump Beats Robertson In Fantastic Final". World Snooker. 18 October 2020.
- "Wilson Claims Championship League Crown". World Snooker. 30 October 2020.
- "Allen Crowned Champion Of Champions". World Snooker. 8 November 2020.
- "Trump Completes Northern Ireland Treble". World Snooker. 22 November 2020.
- "Robertson Edges Trump In Thrilling UK Final". World Snooker. 7 December 2020.
- "Selby Storms to Scottish Open Title". World Snooker. 13 December 2020.
- "Trump Beats Lisowski To Win 20th Ranking Title". World Snooker. 20 December 2020.
- "Yan Secures Thrilling Masters Victory". World Snooker. 18 January 2021.
- Årdalen, Hermund. "Finals 2019/2020 - snooker.org". snooker.org. Archived from the original on 31 December 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
[edit source | edit]
- Calendar 2020/2021 at World Snooker
- Calendar 2020/2021 at snooker.org
- WSS Tour news at seniorsnooker.com
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