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Snooker in July 2024 – what events are on this month?

The 2024/25 snooker season is under way, and the first trophies of the new term will be handed out during the month of July.

It won’t be until into September that we can get properly immersed in the latest campaign on the World Snooker Tour.

A stop-start opening means that there are only two events scheduled to be played between June and the end of August.

But silverware will be won in July, including a prestigious invitational title, so let’s take a look at what snooker is on the horizon.

Championship League Snooker

June 10 – July 3

Championship League Snooker began several weeks ago at the Mattioli Arena in Leicester, launching the new season as has become customary in recent years.

The remaining exchanges of the lengthy tournament will take place during the first few days of July.

Four players have already made it through Stage Two and are guaranteed spots in the last eight of the competition on Wednedsay.

Monday and Tuesday’s play will see the other four players join them in Stage Three, when the final two groups of the event will be conducted.

The two table-toppers on Wednesday will then duke it out over a sprint five-frame format to determine the season’s first ranking champion.

Shanghai Masters

July 15 – 21

The Shanghai Masters, one of the most prestigious invitational tournaments in snooker these days, takes place later in July.

Ronnie O’Sullivan has won the event the last four times it has been staged, including last year when he overcame Luca Brecel in a close final.

The format sees the top 16 from the official world rankings list welcomed to the Shanghai Grand Stage.

Eight other spots in the 24-player field are taken up by Chinese competitors – the next four highest ranked cueists on the main tour from China in addition to four young wildcard amateurs from the country’s amateur scene.

O’Sullivan will be the favourite in the outright betting market to land what would be a record-extending sixth Shanghai Masters title.

World champion Kyren Wilson, world number one Mark Allen, and O’Sullivan’s big rivals Judd Trump and Mark Selby are among the other high-profile stars in the draw.

2024 Shanghai Masters draw

Round 1 (bo11)

Zhang Anda 3-6 Zhou Jinhao
Ali Carter 6-0 Qiu Lei
Tom Ford 3-6 Si Jiahui
Mark Williams 6-3 Wang Xinbo

Gary Wilson 5-6 Pang Junxu
Jak Jones 2-6 Cao Jin
John Higgins 6-1 Lyu Haotian
Barry Hawkins 4-6 Zhou Yuelong

Round 2 (bo11)

Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-1
Zhou Jinhao
Ding Junhui 6-5 Ali Carter
Luca Brecel 2-6 Si Jiahui
Judd Trump 6-2 Mark Williams

Mark Allen 5-6 Pang Junxu
Mark Selby 6-1 Cao Jin
Shaun Murphy 6-3 John Higgins
Kyren Wilson 0-6 Zhou Yuelong

Quarter-Finals (bo11)

Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-3
Ding Junhui
Si Jiahui 2-6 Judd Trump

Pang Junxu 3-6 Mark Selby
Shaun Murphy 6-2 Zhou Yuelong

Semi-Finals (bo19)

Ronnie O’Sullivan 3-10 Judd Trump

Mark Selby 8-10 Shaun Murphy

Final (bo21)

Judd Trump vs Shaun Murphy
(July 21: 7am and 12:30pm UTC+1)

Qualifying Rounds

July 25 – August 3

Towards the end of the month, there is a big batch of qualifiers pencilled in at the Mattioli Arena in Leicester.

The inaugurual Xi-an Grand Prix will have its preliminary stage held from July 25th to July 27th.

That will be quickly followed by qualifying for both the Wuhan Open (July 28th to July 30th) and the British Open (July 31st to August 3rd).

The draws for these events haven’t been released yet.

What other snooker events are on in July, 2024?

The next tournament on the World Women’s Snooker Tour doesn’t take place until August when the US Women’s Open returns to Seattle.

It’s a similar situation on the WDBS circuit, with the German Masters scheduled for the first week of August.

On the amateur scene, the second event on the Middle East Q Tour will be staged from July 19 to 21 in Dubai.

If you know of any more interesting tournaments being staged around the world in July, let us know in the comments section below.

2024/25 WST calendar

Note: Dates are provisional and subject to change

Championship League Snooker
Champion: Ali Carter

Shanghai Masters
(Shanghai, China)

25th to August 3rd
– Xian Grand Prix qualifiers
– British Open qualifiers
– Wuhan Open qualifiers
(Mattioli Arena, Leicester)

19th to 25th
Xi’an Grand Prix
(Xi’an, China)

26th to 29th
– Wuhan Open qualifiers
– British Open qualifiers
(Mattioli Arena, Leicester)

30th to September 7th
Saudi Masters
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

12th to 22nd
English Open (including qualifiers)
(Brentwood Centre, Brentwood)

23rd to 29th
British Open
(The Centaur, Cheltenham)

28th to 30th
Northern Ireland Open qualifiers
(Ponds Forge, Sheffield)

1st to 3rd
International Championship qualifiers
(Ponds Forge, Sheffield)

6th to 12th
Wuhan Open
(Wuhan, China)

20th to 27th
Northern Ireland Open
(Waterfront Hall, Belfast)

28th to 30th
Scottish Open qualifiers
(Canon Medical Arena, Sheffield)

3rd to 10th
International Championship
(Tianjin, China)

11th to 17th
Champion of Champions
(Toughsheet Community Stadium, Bolton)

16th to 21st
UK Championship qualifiers
(Mattioli Arena, Leicester)

23rd to December 1st
UK Championship
(York Barbican, York)

4th to 7th
Shoot Out
(Mattioli Arena, Leicester)

9th to 15th
Scottish Open
(Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh)

16th to 22nd
– German Masters qualifiers
– World Open qualifiers
(Canon Medical Arena, Sheffield)

12th to 19th
The Masters
(Alexandra Palace, London)

27th to February 2nd
German Masters
(Tempodrom, Berlin)

10th to 16th
Welsh Open
(Venue Cymru, Llandudno)

World Open
(Yushan, China)

World Grand Prix

17th to 23rd
Players Championship
(Telford, England)

31st to April 6th
Tour Championship
(Manchester Central, Manchester)

7th to 16th
World Championship qualifiers
(EIS, Sheffield)

19th to May 5th
World Snooker Championship
(Crucible Theatre, Sheffield)

Featured photo credit: WST

One Comment

  1. Jay brannon

    A quieter July is not too unwelcome as a big all round sports fan. July is the sporting month of the year for me. We’ve got the Euros knockout stages, Wimbledon, PDC World Matchplay, Tour de France, The Open, Test cricket and the first five days of the Olympics.

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