gninnur karona wrote: sundaygirl wrote:
I don’t really get the argument re Q-School that if a player doesn’t win a tour card wait a year
It’s not like ANY amateur got the chance to play
Mardy’s opponent did earn his place via Q-School by virtue of being a high ranked runner up
I'm surprised WST haven't issued a response on their website but lo and behold they are quoted in The Guardian.
Quote repeated below.
“Si Jiahui earns a place in ranking tournaments this season as one of the leading players on the 2021 Q School rankings. While he may have amateur status, he deserves his place in our events, based on his results. Amateurs play under the same rules as professionals, they can earn prize money and places on the World Snooker Tour based on results. Many elite amateur players like Si Jiahui train and compete full-time in the hope of earning a guaranteed tour place, therefore they are competing under significant pressure with no guarantees. Providing opportunities for the best amateur players is important for our growth as a sport and that is something that Shaun benefitted from during his early days as a player. We have come a very long way as a global sport over the past decade and that has partly been down to the structures we have built both at professional and grassroots level worldwide. For the best young players, the chance to compete on the big stage is a crucial part of their development and the development of the sport as a whole. We respect Shaun’s opinions, but in this case we strongly disagree with his comments.”
Yes, except that Q School's format and the Order of Merit (and Q Tour) strongly favours British players, so it's slightly strange they should focus on the 'global' incentive. It's really just because Si Jiahui, Bai Langning and Soheil Vahedi that managed to stay in the UK (I assume a special arrangement perhaps due to covid) that this has anything to do with globalisation at all.
What's more important to WST is actually to fill the draw. You can't get media interest in a first round that doesn't contain the top 9 players (who get byes).
But let's not forget Si Jiahui is a stranded teenager in a foreign country. It's likely he won't see his family for a total of 2 years. Shaun Murphy has repeatedly highlighted the travel problems he's faced. He's actually benifited a lot from being a top player in the last couple of decades - the whole structure is rigged to favour the elite. Just for once, he should recognise that there is a whole pyramid below him who live much harder lives, and support him massively.