The fast-paced tournament will have a very different outlook this year while being played behind closed doors.
Reanne Evans and Rebecca Kenna will both compete in the 2021 Snooker Shoot Out next month at the Marshall Arena.
Record 12-time world women’s champion Evans will make her third successive appearance in the competition, having previously taken on professional players Jimmy White and Ian Burns in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Set to make her professional tournament debut, Keighley’s Kenna is a three-time World Women’s Snooker Tour ranking event finalist and to date has achieved a career-high ranking of number three.
Kenna has also competed in the mixed-gender WSF Championship in addition to Q School in recent seasons.
Reigning women’s world champion Reanne Evans, meanwhile, will be among a field of 128 players in the Snooker Shoot Out, alongside leading stars including Mark Selby, Shaun Murphy, Kyren Wilson, John Higgins, Mark Allen, and Mark Williams.
The ranking tournament, which has been running since 2011, has a unique set of rules, with matches lasting a maximum of ten minutes and a shot clock of 15 seconds for the first five minutes and ten seconds for the last five minutes.
Unlike other events, fans are encouraged to get involved which usually results in a boisterous atmosphere inside the arena while the players are competing.
But this year’s Shoot Out is among numerous tournaments on the 2020/21 calendar that are being hosted behind closed doors as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Michael Holt won the title in 2020 after beating Zhou Yuelong in the final to claim a maiden ranking crown of his career.
The event is part of the BetVictor European Series with the winner of the Order of Merit set to earn a £150,000 bonus.
The draw for the upcoming edition of the Snooker Shoot Out will be announced shortly.
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