It is set to be a busy second half of the year for professional pool, with a number of prestigious honours and titles up for grabs.
The globe trotting starts in July when some of the world’s best players descend on Shanghai for the 6th China Open 9 Ball Championship. The event has separate competitions for men and women; boasting big prize money in both sections. This is followed by the CBSA International Open.
In August it’s the World Pool Masters, where 16 of the planets top competitors have been selected to compete in pool’s most prestigious invitational singles competition. Shane Van Boening will be looking to defend the crown he won in England last year. Same county, but different venue this time around, as the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester hosts the festivities.
Then we move on to the big one; the World 9 Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar. Last year the Netherlands’ Niels Feijen took ultimate gold when he beat Austria’s Albin Ouchan in the final. With the Dutchman in almost unstoppable form over the last couple of years, it will take something special to dethrone him.
Only a few days later and 31 nations will make the trip to London for the World Cup of Pool; the sports premier team honour. In 2014 Darren Appleton and Karl Boyes delighted the home crowd by taking the title for England, after pinching success from the Netherlands in an epic final.
There are still two more EuroTour events of the season in Austria and Holland; both also carrying all important WPA world ranking points.
The US Open 9 Ball Championship, an event steeped in rich history, takes place in Chesapeake, Virginia at the end of October. 4 time winner Van Boening is once again the reigning champion. It will be the 40th anniversary of the tournament.
The All Japan Championship is scheduled for November, whilst the traditional USA v Europe Mosconi Cup clash takes place in Las Vegas during December. Europe have continued to dominate over recent years.
2015 Professional Pool Calendar
China Open 9 Ball Pool Championship
2nd-5th July 2015 - Shanghai, China
CBSA International 9 Ball Open
5th-11th July 2015 - Guangzhou City, China
Austrian Open (2015 EuroTour Event 4)
29th July-2nd August 2015 - St. Johann im Pongau, Austria
World Pool Masters
14th-16th August 2015 - Manchester, England
World 9 Ball Pool Championship
7th-18th September 2015 - Doha, Qatar
World Cup of Pool
22nd-27th September 2015 - London, England
Dutch Open (2015 EuroTour Event 5)
30th September - 5th October 2015 - Leende, Netherlands
US Open 9 Ball Pool Championship
24th-30th October 2015 - Chesapeake, USA
All Japan Championship
9th-15th November 2015 - Japan
7th-10th December 2015 - Las Vegas, USA
Written by Michael Day, published on 1st July 2015
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