To make any money you have to reach the last 64 stage (3rd qualifying round) of an event, so theres a lot of players who fail to pick up a penny from one event ot the next.
Drago has been the most successful of the newcomers to tour with at least 2 wins in each event (which takes him to the last 64 and into the BIG money )
Here is Tonys earnings for this season.
Shanghai Masters (last 64) £1,400
Grand Prix (last 64) £2,200
UK Championship (last 64) £2,300
Welsh Open (last 32) £2,700
China Open (last 32) £3,640*
World Championship (last 64) £4,600
*still in tournament, yet to be played.
Assuming Tony doesnt progress any further in China, then his earnings for season 09/10 will be a paltry £16,840.
So you can imagine how hard it is to make a living as a "pro" for the less successful players even further down the rankings, who dont have the security that Drago at least does have, of having earned decent money in the past during his 20 or so years as a professional at a high level.
Whats everyones views on this?
It makes the new Players Championships events which will be introduced by Barry Hearn all the more important for the lower ranked players.
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