The new term began a month ago with the Championship League and the European Masters, which was won by Mark Selby.
The provisional schedule for the second half of the World Snooker Tour 2020/21 snooker calendar is now available, with potentially 11 events scheduled next year*.
The Masters at Alexandra Palace in London, snooker’s biggest invitation tournament, will be the first event of 2021.
A minimum of six ranking events will follow between January and March, including the German Masters, Gibraltar Open, Shoot Out, and the Welsh Open.
All four tournaments will be sponsored by BetVictor and prize money earned will be additionally attributed to the European Series.
The Players Championship and the Tour Championship, which in the past have helped make up the Coral Series, will also take place.
Currently, no international sporting events are being held within the People’s Republic of China.
However, WST has left room on the calendar at the beginning of March, which could see up to three events held back-to-back.
Further opportunities are also being investigated should current policy extend beyond February 2021.
The season concludes with the Betfred World Championship in Sheffield, bringing the total number of tournaments in the 2020/21 snooker calendar to potentially 19.
WST Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to release a packed calendar for the second half of this season.”
“In these difficult times we are working relentlessly to keep our tour going. We realise the importance of providing competitive opportunities for the players and live snooker for our many millions of viewers globally.
“We will continue to explore all avenues in terms of staging events and providing access for live fans, while keeping health and safety as our top priority.”
In order to align with UK Government social distancing guidelines, the Betway UK Championship first round will now be played at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes from November 23 to 26.
The second round onwards will be held at the York Barbican from November 28 to December 6.
The decision as to whether an audience will be allowed at the Barbican has not yet been made, and WST will inform ticket holders as soon as plans have been finalised.
The seeding cut-off point for this event has been brought forward and now occurs at the end of the BetVictor Championship League on October 30.
Provisional 2020/21 Snooker Calendar
Champion of Champions
German Masters qualifiers
Northern Ireland Open
UK Championship qualifiers
November 28 to December 6
World Grand Prix
Snooker Shoot Out
World Championship qualifiers
April 17 to May 3
*All dates and venues are provisional and subject to change, and will comply with Government Covid-19 regulations in each of the host territories.
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