Liu Chuang, who became only the fourth 17 year-old ever to play at the Crucible last season, celebrated his 18th birthday today with the news that he has been awarded a wildcard to remain on the main tour during 2008/09.

This is the right decision. By holding Ronnie O'Sullivan to 4-4 in their first round match, Liu proved he has great potential and it would have been a shame if he had disappeared from the circuit after only one year.

Jin Long and Li Hang will also be on the main tour next season after winning the Asian Championship and Asian Under 21 Championship respectively.

Stefan Mazrocis won the European play-off yesterday and has now been nominated by the European Billiards and Snooker Association for a main tour place.

The remaining place will go to the winner of the European Championship, which began today in Poland.

Full coverage of this event is available - of course - at the excellent Global Cue Sports Centre.


Anonymous said...

Is this the end for Drago then?

Anonymous said...

As only one place is granted the decision must be applauded as Liu achieved the best performance of those only having one season on the tour.
John H