More dates for the 2022/23 snooker calendar have been confirmed.
The World Snooker Tour released its updated provisional snooker calendar for the recently started 2022/23 campaign a few days ago.
Prior to the start of the new term, there were still plenty of empty slots on the calendar and no official dates for most of the second half after the new year.
However, the schedule now has a much fuller feel to it, with many familiar tournaments returning to the programme.
Last week, the ranking event edition of the Championship League launched the season after a couple of months of no play on the Main Tour.
There are 15 ranking events pencilled in at the moment, which is a decent amount considering events in China appear to be off the table for another year.
All eyes will of course be on the World Snooker Championship next April when Ronnie O’Sullivan will bid for a record-breaking eighth world title.
The UK Championship has dates in November this year so it doesn’t clash with the World Cup in Qatar.
All four Home Nations series events will feature again, with the Northern Ireland Open the first in October, followed by similar Opens in Scotland, England, and Wales.
After the Championship League is completed at the end of this month, the first ranking event that incoporates the traditional knockout format will take place in August with the European Masters.
The German Masters and the Snooker Shoot Out will also be back, and alongside the Championship League, the European Masters, and the Home Nations tournaments, these eight tournaments will make up the BetVictor Series.
The newly named Players Series, meanwhile, will see cueists scrap off the one-year rankings – comprising the World Grand Prix, Players Championship, and Tour Championship.
The British Open is also back for the second successive season, taking place in September in Milton Keynes, with the Turkish Masters in March.
The Masters will once again be the flagship invitational tournament in January at the Alexandra Palace, with the Champion of Champions set for the first week of November.
An exciting new World Mixed Doubles competition will boast the four best men’s players and the four best women’s players of the game in September.
All dates below are provisional and subject to change.
Provisional 2022/23 Snooker Calendar
(R = ranking; NR = non-ranking)
|28 Jun – 29 Jul||Championship League (R)||Leicester|
|16 Aug – 21 Aug||European Masters (R)||Fürth|
|5 Sept – 10 Sept||Six Red World Championship (NR)||Bangkok|
|24 Sept – 25 Sept||World Mixed Doubles (NR)||Milton Keynes|
|26 Sept – 2 Sept||British Open (R)||Milton Keynes|
|16 Oct – 23 Oct||Northern Ireland Open (R)||Belfast|
|31 Oct – 6 Nov||Champion of Champions (NR)||TBC|
|12 Nov – 20 Nov||UK Championship (R)||York|
|23 Nov – 4 Dec||Scottish Open (R)||TBC|
|6 Dec – 9 Dec||Championship League 1+2 (NR)||TBC|
|12 Dec – 18 Dec||English Open (R)||Brentwood|
|19 Dec – 22 Dec||Championship League 3+4 (NR)||TBC|
|3 Jan – 6 Jan||Championship League 5+6 (NR)||TBC|
|8 Jan – 15 Jan||Masters (NR)||London|
|16 Jan – 22 Jan||World Grand Prix (R)||Cheltenham|
|26 Jan – 29 Jan||Shoot Out (R)||Leicester|
|1 Feb – 5 Feb||German Masters (R)||Berlin|
|13 Feb – 19 Feb||Welsh Open (R)||Llandudno|
|20 Feb – 26 Feb||Players Championship (R)||Wolverhampton|
|6 Mar – 9 Mar||Championship League 1+2 (NR)||TBC|
|13 Mar – 19 Mar||Turkish Masters (R)||Turkey|
|27 Mar – 2 Apr||Tour Championship (R)||Hull|
|Apr 3 – Apr 12||World Championship Qualifiers||Sheffield|
|15 Apr – 1 May||World Championship (R)||Sheffield|
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