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122 Professional Players for 2021/22 Snooker Season

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.

“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.

Professional Players for the 2021/22 Snooker Season

Top 64 at the End of the 2020/21 Season

Judd Trump
Mark Selby
Ronnie O’Sullivan
Neil Robertson
Shaun Murphy
Kyren Wilson
John Higgins
Ding Junhui
Stephen Maguire
Yan Bingtao
Mark Williams
Mark Allen
Barry Hawkins
Jack Lisowski
Stuart Bingham
Anthony McGill
Zhou Yuelong
Graeme Dott
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Joe Perry
Kurt Maflin
Tom Ford
David Gilbert
Ali Carter
Martin Gould
Zhao Xintong
Liang Wenbo
Ryan Day
Xiao Guodong
Matthew Selt
Michael Holt
Ricky Walden
Gary Wilson
Scott Donaldson
Lu Ning
Matthew Stevens
Robert Milkins
Li Hang
Luca Brecel
Jordan Brown
Hossein Vafaei
Mark Joyce
Liam Highfield
Noppon Saengkham
Alexander Ursenbacher
Ben Woollaston
Stuart Carrington
Martin O’Donnell
Mark Davis
Elliot Slessor
Sam Craigie
Mark King
Lyu Haotian
Anthony Hamilton
Jamie Jones
Andrew Higginson
Sunny Akani
David Grace
Tian Pengfei
Chris Wakelin
Dominic Dale
Joe O’Connor
Jimmy Robertson
Nigel Bond

Second Year of Two-Year Card

Jak Jones
Pang Junxu
Jamie Clarke
Robbie Williams
Steven Hallworth
Ashley Carty
Simon Lichtenberg
Oliver Lines
Zhao Jianbo
Ken Doherty
Gao Yang
Fergal O’Brien
Rory McLeod
Allan Taylor
Aaron Hill
Lukas Kleckers
Ashley Hugill
Peter Devlin
Jamie Wilson
Ben Hancorn
Lee Walker
Fan Zhengyi
Zak Surety
Stephen Hendry
Farakh Ajaib
Iulian Boiko
Sean Maddocks

Top Eight in the One-Year Rankings

Chang Bingyu
Igor Figueiredo
Xu Si
Louis Heathcote
Chen Zifan
Jamie O’Neill
Andy Hicks
Gerard Greene

Q School

Jackson Page
Yuan Sijun
Peter Lines
Fraser Patrick
Michael Judge
Alfie Burden
Barry Pinches
Craig Steadman
Duane Jones
Dean Young
Ian Burns
Lei Peifan
Hammad Miah
Mitchell Mann

China Tour

Wu Yize
Zhang Jiankang
Cao Yupeng
Zhang Anda

World Women’s Snooker Tour

Reanne Evans
Ng On Yee

Deferred Card

Andrew Pagett

Invitational Tour Cards

Jimmy White
Marco Fu

Featured photo credit: WPBSA



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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the World Snooker Championship – won by Mark Selby.

1. Judd Trump
2. Mark Selby
3. Ronnie O’Sullivan
4. Neil Robertson
5. Shaun Murphy
6. Kyren Wilson
7. John Higgins
8. Ding Junhui
9. Stephen Maguire
10. Yan Bingtao
11. Mark Williams
12. Mark Allen
13. Barry Hawkins
14. Jack Lisowski
15. Stuart Bingham
16. Anthony McGill

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