Snooker’s new Home Nations series starts next week with the Coral English Open.
Coral has signed up as title sponsor of the world ranking event which will run from October 10 to 16 at Event City in Manchester.
Top stars including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Mark Selby, John Higgins, Neil Robertson and Shaun Murphy will be among the 128 players contesting the title and £70,000 top prize at the tournament which will be televised on Eurosport and Quest.
The Home Nations series will also include events in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and any player winning all four will receive a massive £1 million bonus.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to be working with Coral on the brand new English Open. They have already joined us as title sponsor of the Shoot Out so we’re delighted with the support they are showing for snooker. This event will attract a huge television audience on Eurosport and Quest, bringing tremendous exposure for the Coral brand.
“The Coral English Open will be an exciting moment for our sport as the new Home Nations series gets underway, bringing top class snooker to a string of venues across the UK. The potential £1 million bonus is a massive incentive for the players and whoever wins the first tournament will be chasing that dream.”
Nicola McGeady, Coral PR Manager, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to be title sponsors of the inaugural English Open, adding to our portfolio of World Snooker sponsorships. We have already sponsored the UK Championship in the past, we currently sponsor the exciting Shoot Out and this latest tournament is a perfect fit to our expanding portfolio, showing our continued commitment to the sport.”
Tickets for the Coral English Open are on sale now and start at just £10 – incredible value for the chance to see the world’s top stars. For details see www.worldsnooker.com/tickets