So thankfully our attention turns to matters on table and the small matter of the start of the new season.
A number of leading players are in China for what used to be called the Jiangsu Classic, won first by Ding Junhui and then last year by Mark Allen, and is now the Rundili Wuxi Classic.
I'm glad to see the round robins have been kicked into touch and it is now straight knockout.
The tournament is guaranteed for another three years and talks are ongoing to make it into a ranking event from next season.
The format is here.
I'll post up the results when they come in.
Stephen Hendry beat Xiao Guodong 5-3
Marco Fu beat Liang Wenbo 5-2
Tian Pengfei beat Mark Selby 5-3
Ryan Day beat Yu Delu 5-4
Shaun Murphy beat Stephen Hendry 5-1
Mark Allen beat Marco Fu 5-3
Ding Junhui beat Ryan Day 5-2
Tian Pengfei beat Joe Perry 5-1
Shaun Murphy beat Mark Allen 6-1
Ding Junhui beat Tian Pengfei 6-0
Shaun Murphy beat Ding Junhui 9-8