Cheltenham to host Snooker World Grand Prix in 2019

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O’Sullivan pictured with the trophy in 2018 (credit:World Snooker)

Cheltenham will host a major snooker tournament for the first time in February 2019 when the World Grand Prix comes to town.

The world ranking event will run from February 4-10 in The Centaur, part of the famous Cheltenham Racecourse.

The World Grand Prix will feature the leading 32 players on the 2018/19 season one year ranking list, starting from July’s Riga Masters and ending with the final counting event – the German Masters – which culminates on February 3.

With extensive live television coverage from ITV4, the tournament offers a top prize of £100,000 from a total prize fund of £375,000.

Last season, the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix was staged in Preston, with Ronnie O’Sullivan defeating Ding Junhui in the final.

The top 16 on the one year ranking list will go on to compete in the Players Championship in Preston (March 4-10) and then the top eight will progress to the new Tour Championship in Llandudno (March 19-24).

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are thrilled to bring the World Grand Prix to a new location at the fantastic Cheltenham Racecourse.

“As well as being world famous for horse racing, this is a superb venue which hosts a wide range of major events and we have no doubt it will prove a top class facility for one of our leading tournaments.

“The popularity of snooker has grown dramatically in recent years, both in terms of its television and live audience, so we are always looking for new locations where we can give fans the opportunity to see the players in the flesh.

“From the moment the very first ball is struck at the beginning of the new season, players will be striving for every pound to get themselves up the one year ranking list and earn a place at the three highly lucrative events which will take place early in 2019 in Cheltenham, Preston and Llandudno.

“There will be star-studded fields at all three venues.”