23 Feb 2011
110sport and Star are set to bring more world-class snooker to China following the announcement that the first ever Chinalife Xingpai Hainan Classic is set to take place between 10-13 March.
The tournament will take place at the Boao venue located on Hainan Island – a famous scenic spot in China for its golden beach, blue sea and the tropical climate as well as being the host location of the annual ‘Miss World’ competition in five of the last seven years.
Seven-times world champion Stephen Hendry, current Crucible king Neil Robertson, UK champion John Higgins and the winner of the 2011 Masters Ding Junhui will all travel to China.
Also competing for a share of the tournament’s £200,000 prize fund will be Mark Allen, Peter Ebdon, Ali Carter, Graeme Dott, Jamie Cope and Ricky Walden.
“We are delighted so many big names have signed up for the event and can’t wait for what promises to be a fantastic tournament in one of the most beautiful settings in the world,” said 110sport Chief Executive, David MacKinnon.
“The standard of the players that have signed up so far has been first class and there are still plenty more to come.
“The tournament will be broadcast live by a number of Chinese television outlets including CCTV and BTV – meaning the tournament will be viewed by in excess of 100 million people.”
Ali Carter who won the season opening Shanghai Masters in September of 2010 added: “During this season snooker players have had more opportunities to play than ever before.
“It is fantastic that 110sport and Star are taking another star-studded event to the Chinese fans – it will only help further increase the global appeal of the game.”
The first ever ChinalifeXingpai Hainan Classic will feature four groups of four players, each player will play three best-of-three matches. The player who finishes top of each group will progress to the semi-finals.
Organised by the General Administration of Sport of China, the Department of Culture Radio Television Publication and Sports of Hainan Province as well as the Qionghai Government, this is the first of many international sporting events to be held in Hainan in 2011.
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