JIMO96 wrote:The only way the Asian players will get a fair chance is if the qualifying for Asian events is actually held in Asia. Currently, the only UK players who have to travel to China will have qualified (in Sheffield!), and therefore reached a stage where the prize money pays for it.
If a flat (and fairer) structure has to be put into place and a money based ranking list updated after each tournament also the only viable solution is to hold all tournaments at the actual venue in one go, from last 128 to final. The first drawback though is that it's unsustainable for the lowest ranked players unless the price money gets significantly higher (which is what allows similar structures to work in other sports). The second drawback is that with no seeding the organisers and sponsors will have concerns about the top boys (those who sell) missing the "telly" stage. There are advantages though: with all players possibly making the trip they all will know well in advance that they need visas, accommodations etc, making the logistic easier for the players and their managers. Another positive is that in many ways the ranking will become less relevant except for staying on the MT, effectively allowing the players to manage their season better and to find a better balance between their job and their private life should they wish so. As snooker is not the kind of sport where you retire at 30 with a fortune, this IS important. Most players will reach a stage where they want to start a family while still having many years in the game and its exponents are the bigger asset in any sport.
One concern I have is that holding a full tournament in one go with a long format will be deemed "tedious" and "too expensive" and will open the door to more shortenings. I never adhered to the idea that very long formats are needed to determine the better players but they definitely bring other things, a different mindset, a different type of tension and I would hate to see them all go … well there's already only the WC surviving now already.
As for including amateurs in the draw if it's not filled up, that seems a good idea on paper but I doubt that many amateurs will be able to face the expenses.