I accept this is a relatively minor complaint, that the new snooker tournament added to the calendar doesn't last a full week. It's better then it not being there, obviously. Seems a bit odd to me though. It'll be over almost as soon as it starts, type thing. Do people think this will add to the tournament, shortening it down a bit? Or will it detract from it?
And why has Hearn done this? Is it because he is tending towards a 'shorter match/tournament is more exciting' policy? Is it that he wants to test the waters in Germany a bit more, before he makes a week long one? Are there budgetary constraints? Or is it simply that with the arena having more table space, they don't need a week to get through a shorter-format tournament?
At least it's the quarters, and the semis that are in the same day. I didn't think that worked well in the World Open. Having the semis in the afternoon, and the final in the evening. Snooker Final Sunday should feel like an event. Not a rush to get all the matches in.
I must say, I'm more psyched for this then I was for the World Open, Power Snooker or the Shoot Out. What are other people's thoughts?
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