The decision made on Friday by the World Snooker Tour management to postpone the world snooker Championship means that no action is expected on the track in the near future.
The spread of the global coronavirus epidemic has significantly affected the 2019-2020 campaign. Three ranking tournaments in the main tour calendar have been canceled, and there is no certainty in the future. The Tour Championship tournament was previously moved to July, and it is likely that the world Cup will follow it around the same period.
However, this is another memorable season with a lot of wins being celebrated since last summer.
One-third of the Triple Crown may not take place due to issues related to the organization of the world Cup, but the British championship and the Masters tournament have given the world unexpected Champions.
Ding Junhu, who had not achieved successful results for a long period and was already in despair, won a magnificent third career victory at the British Championship.
A month later, at Alexander Palace, Stuart Binham won the title at the Masters tournament after a series of early setbacks in London, finishing the final against Allister Carter with a score of 10-8.
Tournaments in China tend not to enjoy widespread success among fans in Europe, but they are certainly among the most lucrative tournaments on the calendar.
The China Open tournament was canceled in the 2019-2020 campaign due to a coronavirus epidemic.
In August, Judd trump took part in his first tournament of the season since he sensationally won the world title in the Crucible in 2019. The world ranking leader continued his breakneck success with a victory at the international Championship tournament in Daqing, and a few months later, trump repeated his brilliant performance at the World Open tournament in Yushang.
In between these tournaments, Shaun Murphy ended a miserable run of six consecutive losses in the finals of ranking tournaments, and then beat Mark Williams in the final of the Chinese Championship, receiving the top prize Fund of 150,000 pounds.
Just before that, Ronnie O’sullivan sent Murphy to defend the Shanghai Masters Invitational tournament qualification, and at the moment, playing in Shanghai has brought the only title to the Rocket in a disappointing season.
For four years, Home Nations series tournaments have become firmly established in the calendar. They do not assume the largest amounts of prize money, but they have received mass recognition from snooker players and their fans.
Mark Selby became the first player to win two Home Nations titles in a single season, winning the English and Scottish Opens. The three-time world champion was defeated 4-5 in the quarterfinals by John Higgins at the Northern Ireland Open, bidding farewell to a million-pound bonus. Instead, it was trump who added another winner’s trophy to his collection in Belfast, holding a final rematch against O’sullivan with a score of 9-7.
Murphy finished the final of the last Home Nations Welsh Open tournament with a resounding 9-1 score against Kieren Wilson.
At the beginning of the campaign, it was announced that the European Masters, German Masters, Snooker Shoot Out and Gibraltar Open tournaments would be combined to form a new European series. The player who has earned the highest amount of prize money in four tournaments will receive a bonus of 150,000 pounds.
Neil Robertson got off to a good start with a 9-0 win over Zhou Yuelong in the final of the European Masters tournament. The Australian almost succeeded in Berlin, but received a firm rebuff from Judd trump. The title at the Shoot Out tournament was unexpectedly won by Michael Holt, and since Robertson chose not to go to Gibraltar due to the current crisis in connection with the coronavirus, trump confidently and deservedly finished the final tournament of the European series in his favor. At the same time, the 30-year-old Englishman became the first player in the history of snooker to win six ranking titles in a single season.