2011 - German Masters announcement
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Biggest Snookerevent in Germany
Written by Ulf
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 13:40
O'Sullivan, Higgins and Co. come to Germany
Main Tour Event in Berlin in 2011
nooker is getting increasingly popular in Germany. Finally the WSA has acknowledged this fact:
In February 2011 there will be a first class world ranking tournament in Berlin, meaning it will belong to the seven most important tournaments of the main tour. The top-16 players of the world will all be starters at the German Masters.
The rest of the starting players is made up of 16 qualified players and eight wildcards. For these any player can apply.
The fans in Germany are thrilled by this news. For a long time the extensive snooker coverage on the pan-European network Eurosport has been among the most successful broadcasts of that network and is watched by a million viewers.
Eurosport-commentator Rolf Kalb:
Snooker has become very popular. More and more people are fascinated by the sport. The combination of tactics and skill, plus the little dramas at the table are unique and captivating.
The events of Dragonstars Eventmanegement have proven how big snooker has become in Germany. The Fürth-based company has filled big venues at exhibitions and small tournaments and in doing so helped make snooker popular..
Thomas Cesal, Dragonstars Eventmanegement CEO:
Our events made it clear to the players and the WSA how huge the enthusiasm for snooker in Germany really is.
Now the WSA and DE co-operate on the ranking tournament in Berlin.
Players love German audience
The top players of the snooker circuit are stars in Germany as well. And for quite some time they have asked for a ranking event in Germany.
Stephen Maguire, second in the rankings, said about the German audience in Berlin: "It's the best audience I've ever played. The people were enthusiastic, competent and fair."
Ronnie O’Sullivan, even said:
The players should pay for such an audience.
On February 2, 2011 the wait is over.
That is the day when the best snooker players in the world will play at the German Masters for ranking points and ca. 300,000 Euros of pricemoney.
German players currently not in the official ranking can qualify for one of the eight wildcards, and so becoming part of the most important snooker event in Germany of all time. Qualification is possible at the each of the four European Players Tour Championships between August and November, three of which will be in Germany.
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