2019–20 snooker season

The 2019–20 snooker season is an ongoing professional snooker season with tournaments played between 9 May 2019 and 16 August 2020. The season was originally planned for 46 tournaments, 18 of which carry ranking points. The season was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the 2020 China Open,[1] the Tour Championship,[2] and the World Snooker Championship postponed,[3] and the Gibraltar Open played with no audience.[4]

2019–20 snooker season
Details
Duration9 May 2019 – 16 August 2020
Tournaments44 (17 ranking events)
Triple Crown winners
UK Championship Ding Junhui (CHN)
Masters Stuart Bingham (ENG)
World Championship

The previous season's World Championship winner Judd Trump won the most ranking tournaments, six in total, a record for a season. Three other players, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, and Shaun Murphy, all won more than one ranking tournament. Two players won their first ranking tournament, Yan Bingtao winning the Riga Masters, and Michael Holt winning the Snooker Shoot Out. The season featured events held in Austria for the first time.

In the first two Triple Crown events: Ding Junhui won the UK Championship for the third time, his first for ten years, defeating Stephen Maguire in the final; and Stuart Bingham won the Masters for the first time, defeating Ali Carter in the final. The third Triple Crown event, the 2020 World Championship, originally scheduled for 18 April to 4 May 2020, is now expected to take place between 31 July and 16 August 2020.

PlayersEdit

Players on the Main Tour
by nation
  Australia 2
  Belgium 1
  Brazil 1
  China 23
  Cyprus 1
  England 59
  Germany 1
  Hong Kong 2
  Iran 2
  Ireland 2
  Israel 1
  Malaysia 1
  Malta 1
  Morocco 1
  Northern Ireland 3
  Norway 1
  Poland 2
  Scotland 7
   Switzerland 1
  Thailand 4
  Wales 12
Total 128

The World Snooker Tour in the 2019/2020 season consists of the standard field of 128 professional players, including an invitational tour card for Jimmy White.[5] The top 64 players from the prize money rankings after the 2019 World Championship, and the 29 players earning a two-year card the previous year automatically qualified for the season. Next, eight places were allocated to the top 8 on the One Year Ranking List who have not already qualified for the Main Tour. Another three players came from the Challenge Tour, two players came from the CBSA China Tour, and a further 16 places were available through the Q School (four Event 1 winners, four Event 2 winners, and four Event 3 winners and 4 Order of Merit places). The rest of the places on to the tour came from amateur events and national governing body (NGB) nominations.[5]

New professional playersEdit

All players listed below received a tour card for two seasons.[5]

CalendarEdit

The following table outlines the dates and results for all the ranking events, major invitational events, the Challenge Tour, and World Seniors Tour.[13][14][15]

Date[note 1] Country Rank Tournament name Venue City Winner Runner-up Score Ref.
05-09 05-12   AUT P/A Vienna Open 15 Reds Köö Wien Snooker Club Vienna   Mark Joyce   Mark King 5–4 [16]
06-24 06-30   CHN TE World Cup (team event) Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium Wuxi   Scotland   China B 4–0 [17]
07-20 07-23   ENG P/A Pink Ribbon South West Snooker Academy Gloucester   Stuart Bingham   Mark Allen 4–3 [18]
07-26 07-28   LAT WR Riga Masters Arena Riga Riga   Yan Bingtao   Mark Joyce 5–2 [19]
08-04 08-11   CHN WR International Championship Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre Daqing   Judd Trump   Shaun Murphy 10–3 [20]
08-15 08-18   ENG WST World Seniors Championship Crucible Theatre Sheffield   Jimmy White   Darren Morgan 5–3 [21]
08-24 08-25   GER NR Paul Hunter Classic Stadthalle Fürth   Barry Hawkins   Kyren Wilson 4–3 [22]
08-31 09-01   GER CT Challenge Tour 1 Ballroom Nürnberg Nuremberg   Cheung Ka Wai   Oliver Brown 3–1 [23]
09-02 09-07   THA NR Six-red World Championship Bangkok Convention Center Bangkok   Stephen Maguire   John Higgins 8–6 [24]
09-09 09-15   CHN NR Shanghai Masters Regal International East Asia Hotel Shanghai   Ronnie O'Sullivan   Shaun Murphy 11–9 [25]
09-21 09-22   ENG CT Challenge Tour 2 The Crucible Sports & Social Club Newbury   Jake Nicholson   Andrew Pagett 3–1 [26]
09-23 09-29   CHN WR China Championship Guangzhou Tianhe Sports Centre Guangzhou   Shaun Murphy   Mark Williams 10–9 [27]
10-05 10-06   ENG CT Challenge Tour 3 Northern Snooker Centre Leeds   Andrew Pagett   Robbie McGuigan 3–0 [28]
10-14 10-20   ENG WR English Open K2 Crawley   Mark Selby   David Gilbert 9–1 [29]
10-19 10-20   BEL CT Challenge Tour 4 The Trickshot Bruges   Ashley Hugill   Aaron Hill 3–1 [30]
10-24 10-25   ENG WST UK Seniors Championship Hull Venue Hull   Michael Judge   Jimmy White 4–2 [31]
10-22 10-26   CHN NR Haining Open Haining Sports Center Haining   Thepchaiya Un-Nooh   Li Hang 5–3 [32]
10-28 11-03   CHN WR World Open Yushan Sport Centre Yushan   Judd Trump   Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 10–5 [33]
11-04 11-10   ENG NR Champion of Champions Ricoh Arena Coventry   Neil Robertson   Judd Trump 10–9 [34]
11-11 11-17   NIR WR Northern Ireland Open Waterfront Hall Belfast   Judd Trump   Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–7 [35]
11-16 11-17   HUN CT Challenge Tour 6 Hungary Snooker Academy Budapest   Oliver Brown   Ashley Hugill 3–1 [36]
11-26 12-08   ENG WR UK Championship Barbican Centre York   Ding Junhui   Stephen Maguire 10–6 [37]
12-09 12-15   SCO WR Scottish Open Emirates Arena Glasgow   Mark Selby   Jack Lisowski 9–6 [38]
12-14 12-15   BEL CT Challenge Tour 7 De Maxx Pelt   Dean Young   Andrew Pagett 3–1 [39]
01-12 01-19   ENG NR The Masters Alexandra Palace London   Stuart Bingham   Ali Carter 10–8 [40]
01-18 01-19   ENG CT Challenge Tour 8 Tamworth Sports Bar Tamworth   Lukas Kleckers   Tyler Rees 3–1 [41]
01-22 01-26   AUT WR European Masters Messe Dornbirn Dornbirn   Neil Robertson   Zhou Yuelong 9–0 [42]
01-29 02-02   GER WR German Masters Tempodrom Berlin   Judd Trump   Neil Robertson 9–6 [43]
02-03 02-09   ENG WR World Grand Prix The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse Cheltenham   Neil Robertson   Graeme Dott 10–8 [44]
02-10 02-16   WAL WR Welsh Open Motorpoint Arena Cardiff   Shaun Murphy   Kyren Wilson 9–1 [45]
02-15 02-16   WAL CT Challenge Tour 9 Terry Griffiths Matchroom Llanelli   Ashley Hugill   Sydney Wilson 3–1 [46]
02-20 02-23   ENG WR Snooker Shoot Out Watford Colosseum Watford   Michael Holt   Zhou Yuelong 1–0 [47]
02-28 02-29   ENG CT Challenge Tour 5 The Winchester Leicester   Allan Taylor   Michael Collumb 3–1 [48]
02-24 03-01   ENG WR Players Championship Waterfront Southport   Judd Trump   Yan Bingtao 10–4 [49]
03-01 03-02   ENG CT Challenge Tour 10 The Winchester Leicester   Adam Duffy   Kuldesh Johal 3–1 [50]
10-07 03-05   ENG NR 2019–20 Championship League Morningside Arena Leicester   Scott Donaldson   Graeme Dott 3–0 [51]
03-13 03-15   GIB WR Gibraltar Open Europa Point Sports Complex Gibraltar   Judd Trump   Kyren Wilson 4–3 [52]
06-01 06-11   ENG NR 2020 Championship League Marshall Arena Milton Keynes
07-21 07-26   WAL WR Tour Championship Venue Cymru Llandudno
07-31 08-16   ENG WR World Championship Crucible Theatre Sheffield
WR = World ranking event
NR = Non-ranking event
TE = Team event
P/A = Pro–am event
CT = Challenge Tour event
WST = World Seniors Tour

Official rankingsEdit

The 2019–20 snooker season featured the following points distribution for world ranking events:[53]

Round
Tournament
R144 R128 R112 R80 R64 R48 R32 R16 QF SF F W
Riga Masters N/A £0 N/A N/A £2,000 N/A £3,000 £4,000 £6,000 £15,000 £25,000 £50,000
International Championship N/A £0 N/A N/A £4,750 N/A £8,500 £13,500 £21,500 £32,000 £75,000 £175,000
China Championship N/A £0 N/A N/A £4,750 N/A £7,500 £13,000 £20,000 £32,000 £75,000 £150,000
English Open N/A £0 N/A N/A £3,000 N/A £4,000 £7,500 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
World Open N/A £0 N/A N/A £5,000 N/A £8,000 £13,500 £20,000 £32,500 £75,000 £150,000
Northern Ireland Open N/A £0 N/A N/A £3,000 N/A £4,000 £7,500 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
UK Championship N/A £0 N/A N/A £6,500 N/A £12,000 £17,000 £24,500 £40,000 £80,000 £200,000
Scottish Open N/A £0 N/A N/A £3,000 N/A £4,000 £7,500 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
European Masters N/A £0 N/A N/A £3,000 N/A £4,000 £6,000 £11,000 £17,500 £35,000 £80,000
German Masters N/A £0 N/A N/A £3,000 N/A £4,000 £5,000 £10,000 £20,000 £35,000 £80,000
World Grand Prix N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A £5,000[note 2] £7,500 £12,500 £20,000 £40,000 £100,000
Welsh Open N/A £0 N/A N/A £3,000 N/A £4,000 £7,500 £10,000 £20,000 £30,000 £70,000
Shoot Out N/A £250[note 2] N/A N/A £500 N/A £1,000 £2,000 £4,000 £8,000 £20,000 £50,000
Players Championship N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A £10,000[note 2] £15,000 £30,000 £50,000 £125,000
Gibraltar Open N/A £0 N/A N/A £2,000 N/A £3,000 £4,000 £5,000 £6,000 £20,000 £50,000
Tour Championship N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A £20,000[note 2] £40,000 £60,000 £150,000
World Championship £0 N/A £5,000[note 3] £10,000[note 3] N/A £15,000 £20,000[note 3] £30,000 £50,000 £100,000 £200,000 £500,000

Statistics of ranking tournamentsEdit

Below is a list of players who have reached a final of a ranking event in the 2019–20 season.[54]

FinalistsEdit

Rank Name Nationality Winner Runner-up Finals Winning tournaments
1 Judd Trump   England 6 0 6 2019 International Championship
2019 World Open
2019 Northern Ireland Open
2020 German Masters
2020 Players Championship
2020 Gibraltar Open
2 Neil Robertson   Australia 2 1 3 2020 European Masters
2020 World Grand Prix
Shaun Murphy   England 2 1 3 2019 China Championship
2020 Welsh Open
4 Mark Selby   England 2 0 2 2019 English Open
2019 Scottish Open
5 Yan Bingtao   China 1 1 2 2019 Riga Masters
6 Ding Junhui   China 1 0 1 2019 UK Championship
Michael Holt   England 1 0 1 2020 Snooker Shoot Out
8 Kyren Wilson   England 0 2 2
Zhou Yuelong   China 0 2 2
10 Mark Joyce   England 0 1 1
Mark Williams   Wales 0 1 1
David Gilbert   England 0 1 1
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh   Thailand 0 1 1
Ronnie O'Sullivan   England 0 1 1
Stephen Maguire   Scotland 0 1 1
Jack Lisowski   England 0 1 1
Graeme Dott   Scotland 0 1 1
Total 15 15 30 15 of 17 tournaments completed

Champions by countryEdit

Rank Country Players Titles
1   England 4 11
2   China 2 2
  Australia 1 2
Total 7 15

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Dates use month–day format
  2. ^ a b c d First round losers in the Shoot Out, Coral World Grand Prix, Coral Players Championship and Coral Tour Championship will receive their prize money in full however this money will not count towards the prize money rankings
  3. ^ a b c Players who lose their first match receive no ranking points

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