World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) announced the first staging of the European Women’s Masters on Thursday.
To be held at the De Maxx club in Neerpelt, Belgium, the tournament will take place over three days in October and feature the world’s best women players, each vying for ranking points and looking to take home the coveted title.
The event will run alongside the final stages of the professional D88.com European Masters tournament, which was won last season by Judd Trump in nearby Lommel, allowing players the opportunity to watch the world’s top professionals in action when not competing.
Owned by 11-time European champion Wendy Jans, the modern De Maxx club is situated in the picturesque town of Neerpelt and boasts ten snooker tables, each featuring its own electronic scoring system.
Diana Schuler, WLBS director said: “We are very excited to be able to announce this prestigious new event in mainland Europe this season.”
“It remains a key objective for us to take the World Women’s Snooker Tour to new territories and we have seen in recent years how interest in snooker has grown in Belgium with Luca Brecel winning his first ranking event last season.
“De Maxx provides the perfect setting for what promises to be a very competitive tournament and I would like to thank Wendy Jans and her team at the club for their support in the organisation of the event.”
Wendy Jans said: “We are pleased to welcome WLBS to De Maxx for the first time this October and are looking forward to what should be a fantastic event.”
“It will be fun to be able to compete on home soil and hopefully this will be another positive step in the development of the women’s tour.”
The European Women’s Masters will be the second event of the 2018/19 World Women’s Snooker Tour.