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Turkish Masters 2023 cancelled as WST seeks replacement event

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The 2023 Turkish Masters has been cancelled, World Snooker Tour have confirmed.

The world ranking event, held for the first time in in Antalya last year, was due to take place from March 13-19.

However, WST has taken the decision to cancel the 2023 staging following discussions with event partners.

A WST statement read: ‘We have made every possible effort to keep this event on the calendar over the past nine months, since the inaugural Turkish Masters took place in March 2022.

‘Unfortunately, attempts by the local promoter to guarantee adequate funding for the event have been unsuccessful.

‘WST always seeks assurances over the viability of events for its players and unfortunately on this occasion, these assurances could not be provided in the timeframe necessary for this event to be delivered.

‘The event was due to take place from March 13-19 and we are now exploring all options for an alternative event to be staged between the end of the Six Red World Championship and the Tour Championship.’

Judd Trump claimed the inaugural Turkish Masters title in 2022 courtesy of a 10-4 victory over Matthew Selt in the final with a maximum break along the way.

It was the first time that a professional snooker event had been held in Turkey and featured a total prize fund of £500,000.

The qualifying stages for this year’s event were due to take place in Sheffield in February, but WST is now left with a gap in the calendar and is seeking to arrange a late replacement.

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