Godot wrote:Ronnie79 wrote:Hearn is full of sh1t. he said there would be 20 ranking events next season. it is down to 15 on the provisional calendar. World Open, International, European and Indian gone and the PHC is now a 16 man invitational. so it has gone from 20 down to 15. there is no way they will add 5 rankers at this stage. hearn is a liar.
Absolutely no chance Yushan (World Open) will not be a ranking event tbf. After spending hundreds of millions in redevelopment and creating a 'snooker city' in an attempt to rival the Crucible, the thought of them not hosting a ranking event would be baffling.
The calendar will look very similar to last season in the end I think. It is missing the World Open, International Championship, European Masters and Indian Open right now. The first three line up perfectly with the 'unknown' events in the provisional calendar at the same time of the year. World Snooker is probably going around asking other cities/sponsors for more money in case of the International Championship, so that one could be in a new city with a new name. I can't imagine that the Indian Open will be discontinued, because India is such a big market. They will have to move to January, but it has moved several times already time wise.
The Championship League will stay imo, but maybe with fewer players due to less time. Who cares anyway?
That leaves one new event in November directly prior to the UK Championship. I predict that it will be in Hong Kong and similar/slightly bigger to the other chinese events in terms of prize money. https://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/ar ... d-schedule
Another detail I noticed is that there are no venues for Players Championship and WGP yet. They could be moved outside the UK.