The inaugural Tunisia Snooker Open could take place in 2024 – according to Kammah Billiards president Mohamed ElKammah.
ElKammah, a life honourary president of the African Billiards and Snooker Confederation, announced the news on social media platform X.
Not many details about the possible tournament have been shared, but it appears there have already been positive discussions.
“A meeting was held today with the Tunisian minister of sports where he agreed to host ‘Tunisia Snooker Open’ 2024,” Elkammah wrote on Tuesday.
“Mr. Jason Ferguson – chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association – attended the meeting by video.”
“More details will be published soon.”
It’s unknown whether the new Tunisia Snooker Open would be a ranking event, which could mark a first ever in the continent of Africa.
A couple of WPBSA-sanctioned invitation events were staged in South Africa during the 1979/80 snooker season.
Eddie Charlton won the Limosin International in Cape Town and repeated his success shortly after at the Kronenbrau 1308 Classic in Johannesburg.
The South African Professional Championship was also a regular fixture of the calendar throughout the 1980s.
However, a Tunisia Snooker Open would break new ground, particularly in northern Africa where amateur snooker has been thriving in recent times.
Egypt’s Mohamed Ibrahim and Mostafa Dorgham are currently competing on the World Snooker Tour.
Among others, Amine Amiri of Morocco was also a recent competitor on the main tour – featuring on the circuit between 2019 and 2021.
Snooker, a sport traditionally popular in the UK and Ireland, has for decades made efforts to break into new territories.
There have been several events staged across mainland Europe, with Germany being a common destination of late.
Trips to Asia have also become commonplace, notably in China where a boom in popularity has been experienced since the early 2000s.
If new professional tournaments are indeed to be launched in Africa, it would be another step towards making the sport more global.
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