Crowds have been poor in Bahrain. This is a new event and they tend to take time to build up but some will wonder if there was ever really sufficient interest in this country.
My attitude is that any new tournament is better than none and that this one shouldn’t be knocked.
But to see even the great Stephen Hendry playing in an arena that isn’t even half full is a little dispiriting.
Of course, crowds are not always great in the UK. In Belfast they were poor, although I’d put that down to the fact it was held in August. In Glasgow last month they were much better.
Snooker is still very popular in Britain but there needs to be a big promotional push to let people know there are tournaments actually happening.
Unfortunately, relations between the media and the WPBSA have just fallen to an all time low for reasons I will explain in due course.
What we do know is that in continental Europe there would be a huge turnout were major events to be staged.
At the Berlin leg of the World Series in July there were sell-out crowds of up to 1,600 at a time.
In Warsaw last month there were also huge audiences and I believe this would be repeated in many other parts of Europe.
Let’s hope the final in Bahrain attracts a full house.
Top players revel in a great atmosphere. It also makes for good viewing. Despite all the non-entries and withdrawals, the cream has risen to the top now and it would be a shame if they did not get the support they deserve.