roy142857 wrote:11 rounds of qualifying for the 1993 World Championship (i.e. before the Last 32 stage), pretty much the same with other big tournaments such as the British Open.
Pretty sure that all of the qualifying events were held at the start of the season i.e. the summer qualifying school at the Norbreck Castle in Blackpool. Pretty much meant that a lot of the early rounds of the qualifiers for the World Championships and UK Championships were best of nine frames rather than just the pre qualifiers. One of the reasons why some many matches were one sided in 1993 was because a lot of players were surprise qualifiers due to the qualifying being held in September of 92. Indeed the draw was made before Hendry and White got underway for the 1992 final
With the fact that anyone could pay an enrolement fee and tournament entry fees and declare themselves as a professional it means that we've had a lot of players who might have fancied a crack at being a professional but were not of the standard required and in the cases of a select select few, not of the standard to be a good amateur.
The fact you'd got 526 entries vying for 32, 16 or in the case of the masters just the one spot at the finals means its inevitable some players will be left out in the cold. One player, Spencer Dunn tried ages to qualify for a venue, made the Crucible, lost in the first round, and never reached another venue before packing it in at a young age