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Hong Kong Masters returns to snooker calendar after five-year absence

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The Hong Kong Masters will return to the snooker calendar this season after a five-year absence.

The prestigious invitational tournament will take place at the Hong Kong Coliseum – the nation’s largest indoor arena – from October 6 to October 9.

Neil Robertson won the inaugural event in 2017, which proved hugely popular among the players.

The Australian beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-3 in the final at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium, where crowds of up to 3,000 spectators enjoyed the high-quality action.

Once again, the Hong Kong Billiard Sports Control Council (HKBSCC) will invite eight players to compete, including Marco Fu and three-time Ladies World champion Ng On Yee.

“We are excited to bring this event back to the calendar for the first time in five years and we are thrilled to be working with HKBSCC on what will be a fantastic tournament,” said WST chairman Steve Dawson.

“Many of the world’s top players described the 2017 Hong Kong Masters as one of the best atmospheres they have ever played in, and this is another opportunity for them to experience the support of the local fans.”

HKBSCC chairman Vincent Law added: “The Hong Kong Masters will be the first major international sport event in Hong Kong since we were hit by the pandemic.

“There is no better occasion to show to the world that Hong Kong is back for business. We hope the tournament this time will set more records and bring excitement that the public have been longing for.

“We are thankful to WST for its support to billiard sports in Hong Kong. We hope the players and the people of Hong Kong will have some fun.”