I’m told by a very good source that it is “99% certain” there will be a seventh ranking event this season.
If so, this is obviously good news, although it will raise the question of whether the ranking points tariffs should have been altered in the way they were as it will skew this season to be more important than last.
That’s a minor point for now. The more tournaments the better as far as I’m concerned.
Indeed, the number of tournaments being staged is increasing as private promoters stage more away from the ‘main tour’.
I’ve noticed a tendency for snooker fans to dismiss anything that isn’t a ranking event as a bit of nonsense that shouldn’t be taken seriously.
Well, Liang Wenbo won £50,000 for winning 110sport’s tournament in Beijing in the summer. I’d guess he took that pretty seriously.
Almost every ranking event started life as a smaller invitation tournament.
This was true of the UK Championship. Indeed, it was true of the World Championship.
But for Barry Hearn and his 80s vision, would there have been fully fledged ranking events in Dubai or Thailand or China?
So the next time you disregard a tournament just because it doesn’t carry ranking points, look back at snooker history and you may want to think again.
Whether an event carries ranking points or not, exposure for the game in terms of visibility cannot be overestimated.