Two men who deserve your sympathy in the coming weeks are Mike Ganley and Martin Clark, World Snooker's excellent tournament directors.
Mike and Martin well be especially tested at the Royal London Watches Grand Prix in Aberdeen, and before that at the qualifiers in Prestatyn, because the tournament is being played under a new round robin format.
Put simply, at Prestatyn this means 224 matches in just five days. There are eight groups of eight players with the top two from each going forward to the final stages. All matches are best of five frames and there will be as many as six sessions a day.
What a logistical nightmare this could prove to be. A couple of slow matches could throw a serious spanner into the works.
However, there are more worrying possibilities with this new format, namely collusion.
If player A has lost his first five matches and can no longer qualify, why should he try especially hard to beat player B? Equally, why should player C, already assured of qualification, be bothered about beating player D?
Perhaps player E would rather play in group 1 than 2 at Aberdeen and so conspires to finish second rather than first in his group.
Perhaps player F has lost six matches already and simply drives home rather than play match seven, skewing the group by handing someone a walkover.
In the final stages, faced with a choice of playing Ronnie O'Sullivan in the last 16 or the world no.80 if he lost, what would player G realistically choose?
I'm not suggesting any of this will happen, or that the players aren't honest (they are, almost universally) but this is the very real danger of such a bold new format.
That said, there is a general - though misinformed, I'd argue - notion that snooker is staid and desperately in need of changes.
At least by trying something new World Snooker have got people talking, which is no bad thing.
My main worry is that a best of five is far too short a test in a ranking event, even if players will play a number of matches.
The format favours lower ranked players. The world no.80 (I'll have to look up who this is...according to the ranking list on worldsnooker.com there isn't one!) would be very unlikely to beat O'Sullivan in a best of 19 frame match but would have every chance over a much shorter distance.
So it will be interesting to see what happens. Most top players appear to welcome the change, however cautiously, although one of them - a member of the top 16 - told me he thought it was "a shambles."
Fingers crossed it will prove to be a good decision, but spare a thought for Mike and Martin when it all begins on September 30.