Over 200 players will be battling for 14 places on the World Snooker Tour at 2021 Q School, which starts on May 27.
The event at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield will run until June 13, with each of the three events running for six days.
Notable players in the field include:
Those who dropped off the pro tour at the end of last season such as Ian Burns, Jackson Page, Soheil Vahedi, James Cahill, Yuan Sijun, Duane Jones, Luo Honghao, Daniel Wells and new World Seniors champion David Lilley
Snooker legend Tony Knowles, the former world number two, who last played in Q School in 2017
Former Shoot Out champion Michael Georgiou
Two-time ranking event winner Michael White
Up-and-coming European cuemen Ben Mertens, Florian Nuessle, Brian Ochoiski, Julien LeClercq and Antoni Kowalski
Promising British talent such as Robbie McGuigan, Westley Cooper, Dylan Emery and Stan Moody
Women’s world number four Rebecca Kenna
The four semi-finalists in each event will all earn a two-year tour card for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons. Plus the next two highest players on the Order of Merit will also earn a card. All matches will be best of seven frames.
A separate ranking list will be compiled during Q School with players earning one point for every frame won. During the 2021/2022 season, should the number of entries in any WST event fall below the required number of entrants, subject to wildcards and commercial agreements, the highest ranked players from the Q School ranking list will be used to top up to the required number of entrants.
Further opportunities may become available for the top 32 players on the Order of Merit who do not qualify for the Tour, on the WPBSA Q Tour. This remains subject to the easing of travel and Covid restrictions.
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