Andy Spark wrote: PoolBoy wrote:
Andy Spark wrote:These days you get better quality snooker on the legends than at the tour. German Masters without Robbo, Ronnie, Ding etc.
The German Masters isn't without those 3 players. They all entered, but were eliminated prior to the last 32 stage. Granted, they won't be at the venue, but they were
in the tournament!
To some extent this is just an idle question of semantics, however, these three players are not in the German Masters because they didn't qualify. The proper "tournament" (as most perceive it) is a German tournament in Germany.
I agree to some extent, however many top players are still in it, like defending champ and WN1 Selby, World Champ Bingham or Trump to name a few.
But yeah, what other sport does a top player in the rankings need to play a match elsewhere in the world to qualify for the main event? I can't think of any to be honest.
However, having said that, it's better to have 32 players only at venue than the 64 they had 2 years ago, which really didn't work well.