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The provisional calendar for the first half of the 2022/23 snooker season has been announced and there is not an enormous amount to get excited about so far.
The campaign will get underway with the Championship League running through July and the proper curtain-raiser coming in August with the European Masters in Furth, Germany.
The 6 Reds Championship is back on the calendar in Bangkok, which is good to see, with a ‘potential invitation event’ immediately following in September.
The British Open has been moved to the end of September and Milton Keynes, with an extended format, which is also encouraging.
Then we have the Northern Ireland Open and Champion of Champions before an early UK Championship in November due to the Qatar World Cup.
The Scottish Open, English Open and more Championship League round off 2022.
WST Chairman Steve Dawson said: ‘We are pleased to announce a busy schedule for the first half of next season.
‘We have a responsibility to all 128 tour players to provide opportunities for them to compete, and we continue to explore opportunities to add further events to the calendar where possible.’
16–June 5: Q School – Ponds Forge, Sheffield
1-15: Q School – Asia & Oceania Bangkok, Thailand
28-July 1: CLS1 – Leicester
4-7: CLS2 – Leicester
11-14: CLS3 – Leicester
15-17: Quals European Masters – Leicester
18-21: CLS4 – Leicester
22-24: Quals European Masters – Leicester
25-29: CLS5 – Leicester
9-14: Quals British Open – tbc
16-21: European Masters – Furth, Germany
23-28: Quals Northern Ireland Open – tbc
5-10: 6 Reds Championship – Bangkok, Thailand
12-18: Potential Invitation Event – tbc
26-Oct 2: Cazoo British Open – Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
4-9: Quals Scottish Open – tbc
16-23: Northern Ireland Open – Waterfront Arena, Belfast
25-30: Quals English Open – tbc
31-Nov 6: Cazoo Champion of Champions – tbc
8-20: Cazoo UK Championship – Barbican Theatre, York
21-26: Quals German Masters – tbc
28-Dec 4: Scottish Open – tbc
6-9: CLS1 – tbc
12-18: English Open Brentwood
19-22: CLS2 – tbc
Not on the calendar before December next season is the World Grand Prix, which looks set to be pushed back and the whole Cazoo Series – along with the Players Championship and Tour Championship will be in the second half of the season.
Then there will be the likes of the Masters, Shoot Out, German Masters, Turkish Masters and Welsh Open before the World Championship.
Still up in the air is when the tour can return to China and the numerous lucrative tournaments that were held there pre-pandemic. With lockdowns returning to Chinese cities, that does not look like something we can look forward to any time soon.
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