Ok here is my surprise names for the top 24 –
Jimmy White – over the last couple of years has done well in non ranking events (world series, masters qualifying) Jimmy will have the cash to attend all events and I think he will do enough to make the top 24.
Mark Davis – The 6 reds world champion proved last season that he has the talent to take on the big boys. A good win in the first round of the crucible will stand him in good stead, another one who will make the 24.
Rory McLeod – Like Mark Davis he is another player who has been late to show us his talent. A bit of a grinder who will relish the best of 7’s against quicker opponents.
Matthew Selt – Last year was his best as a professional player, reaching a couple of last 32’s he beat some solid pros along the way. Should do just about enough.
Anda Zhang - he will be desperate to prove that he isn’t just a flash in the pan. Has the game and will be a threat to many.
Tony Drago – he won a large amount of qualifying matches last season, the quick fire format will certainly suit him against the majority of opponents. It will take a big effort but may just do enough.
Tom Ford – He defiantly has the game, unfortunately he took a step backwards last season. The lack of matches won’t have helped, I think will a moderate start to this tour things will quickly pick up. He will be in the reckoning come the last event.
Those to miss out –
Ryan Day – if he isn’t quick out of the blocks he will lose his lofty seeding and things will only get harder from there. It appears he has lost his self belief and given his age it won’t be easy to get back.
Stephen Maguire – I am not sure how many events he will enter, his days as a player could be well and truly numbered. Another player to lose their lofty seeding early on.
Matthew Stevens – another terrible season for him, most likely the final nail in the coffin. It’s a pity but I think he will just about miss out.
Peter Ebdon – As Peter lives abroad I am not sure of his intentions towards this event, Its not the sort of format he is famous for. I think he will miss out and undoubtedly complain about a variety of matters ie. Format, tables etc.
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