It’s six fewer than the last campaign.
There will be only 122 professional snooker players for the upcoming 2021/22 season after it was revealed that additional spots won’t be awarded to leading amateurs.
As a result of the pandemic, a number of international amateur tournaments have failed to take place – including those hosted annually by the World Snooker Federation and the European Billiards and Snooker Association.
The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has announced that the extra places will not be filled, meaning there will be the need for top-ups from the Q School Order of Merit at every ranking event throughout the next term.
Local wild cards will also be invited at various events throughout the campaign, including in the Home Nations series which has been the case in the past.
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“It is unfortunate that we have not been able to stage major international amateur events such as the World Snooker Federation Open and Junior Open over the past year due to the global pandemic,” chairman Jason Ferguson said.
“In the past, these events have seen young players such as Iulian Boiko, Luo Honghao, Ashley Hugill, Jackson Page, Aaron Hill, Gao Yang and many others show their promise and earn places on the professional tour.”
“We are fully committed to bringing these events back as soon as it is feasible, bringing talented young players from many countries around the globe together to compete, and giving them a gateway to professional status.
“Internationally, in a vast number of territories across the planet, our sport is in a strong position in terms of participation and emerging talent, despite the challenges we have faced.”
The decision will come as good news for the competitors who just missed out on graduating from Q School over the course of the last month.
Sanderson Lam, Michael Georgiou, Si Jiahui, Soheil Vahedi, Michael White, and David Lilley will be among the first players invited from the Q School list.
The 2021/22 snooker season gets under way in July with the return of the Championship League.
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