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Events in China on the 2023/24 snooker season calendar

The World Snooker Tour will stage a minimum of three tournaments in China later this year, including the first world ranking events since 2019.

The tournaments with a combined prize fund of more than £2 million are:

  • Shanghai Masters – invitational with 24 players. September 11-17
  • Wuhan Open – world ranking event. October 9-15
  • International Championship – world ranking event. November 5-12. Host city to be confirmed

The last professional snooker tournament staged in China was the World Open in 2019 when Judd Trump emerged with victory in Yushan.

At that time the reigning world champion, Trump also won the same season’s International Championship in Daqing while Ronnie O’Sullivan triumphed in the Shanghai Masters.

WST Chairman Steve Dawson said: “This is a momentous announcement for our sport as we ramp up our return to staging events in Asia.”

“To have a minimum of two world ranking events, plus a major invitation tournament, in China later this year is fantastic for the players and fans.

“Throughout the pandemic we have maintained dialogue and relationships with the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association as well as our key partners and promoters across China.

“This has allowed us to make a fast return to staging key events now that travel restrictions have lifted.

“We promised our players that this was top of our agenda and we have delivered on that promise, adding more than £2 million in prize money to the tour.

“We will continue to explore opportunities to stage further events in China and beyond.

“We are excited to host a tournament for the first time in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province and a vibrant city of 11 million people.

“The Shanghai Masters has a long history and is renowned for its prestige.

“There is a vast appetite for snooker among fans in China and they will keenly anticipate the return of our star players.

“We look forward to working with our partners on building a bright future for snooker in the region.”

Provisional 2023/24 snooker season calendar

26-June 6Q SchoolLeicester
1-14Asia-Oceania Q SchoolBangkok
26-30CLS1 (ranking)Leicester
3-8CLS2 (ranking)Leicester
10-14CLS3 (ranking)Leicester
17-21CLS4 (ranking)Leicester
24-29European Masters qualifyingLeicester
14-19British Open qualifyingLeicester
22-27European MastersNuremburg
1-9English Open qualifying
Wuhan Open qualifying
11-17Shanghai MastersShanghai
18-23International Championship qualifyingSheffield
25-Oct 1British OpenCheltenham
2-8English OpenBrentwood
9-15Wuhan OpenWuhan
16-20Northern Ireland Open qualifyingSheffield
22-29Northern Ireland OpenBelfast
30-Nov 3Scottish Open qualifyingLeicester
5-12International ChampionshipChina
13-19Champion of ChampionsBolton
18-23UK Championship qualifyingLeicester
25-Dec 3UK ChampionshipYork
7-10Shoot OutSwansea
11-17Scottish OpenEdinburgh
18-23German Masters qualifyingSheffield
2-5CLS1 (invitational)Leicester
17-14The MastersLondon
15-21World Grand PrixLeicester
22-28Welsh Open qualifying
Six Red World Championship qualifying
29-Feb 4German MastersBerlin
5-10CLS2 (invitational)Leicester
12-18Welsh OpenLlandudno
19-25Players ChampionshipTelford
26-Mar 2CLS3 (invitational)Leicester
4-9Six Red World ChampionshipBangkok
30-31World Mixed DoublesTBC
1-7Tour ChampionshipTBC
8-17World Championship qualifyingSheffield
20-May 6World ChampionshipSheffield

Featured photo credit: WST

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