whitespider wrote:Hearn's stated somewhere I think that all future tournaments will be 128 flat draw. If push came to shove it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Shanghai is a well established tournament now (will be in it's tenth year) and it ain't a bad place (city wise) to have a tournament. Would be a loss to the calendar.
Australia is a little different - Bendigo's out the way a little. Sure a venue in centre of Melbourne, Sydney or Adelaide (or ther other big cities) would have a suitable venue. Think that's where the future lies to grow the tournament. But hope it doesn't go. Snooker needs to expand worldwide really, not shrink back to the UK.
Of those 12 full ranking events listed above half are in the UK. And we are not even counting CoC and the Masters.
I hope the fans and organisers fight Hearn on this, I really do. Send a message out that they cannot be dictated to by some wheeler dealer, Del Boy wannabe.
Also, Shanghai is one of the best cities in the world. These are the sorts of places you want to stage your events, as opposed to dumps like Telford, Newport etc.
If Hearn had his way, he'd probably get rid of Shanghai and hold a tournament in Bognor Regis to compensate.