Saudi Arabia Snooker Masters announced for August with huge prize fund

The world’s best snooker players are heading to Saudi Arabia (Picture: VCG via Getty Images)

A ranking event will be heading to Riyadh in August with the first ever Saudi Arabia Snooker Masters boasting a prize fund of ‘over £2m’.

That puts the tournament only behind the World Championship in terms of prize money, with World Snooker Tour branding it ‘the fourth major’ alongside the Triple Crown of World Championship, UK Championship and Masters.

The event will run from 31 August – 7 September in Riyadh, open to the entire tour, plus six local wild cards, with a 10-year deal agreed.

Announced at the same time is the 2024 World Pool Championship, set for Jeddah from 3-8 June this year.

Matchroom Sport chairman Eddie Hearn said: ‘The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has forged a reputation for growth and creating new opportunities for sports to grow in a new market to new fans.

‘The country has hosted some of the world’s premier sporting events in recent years, welcoming visitors from all over to experience its passion for sport and unique culture. The addition of both the Saudi Arabia Snooker Masters and World Pool Championship over the next decade further enhances that as it heralds an exciting chapter for snooker and Nineball pool.

‘We have seen the incredible impact Boxing has had in this region. Now, I believe we will see Billiards cement its legacy here too, creating incredible opportunities and competition for the finest players on the planet.’

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Green Halls in Riyadh will host the event (Picture: WST)

Saudi Minister of Sport, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal, said: ‘Saudi Arabia is an ever-emerging home to all sports and we’re excited by the opportunity to add new world-class events in snooker and Nineball pool to our growing year-round calendar.

‘Hosting global events is all part of our strategy to grow all sports and to inspire our people to participate by giving them the chance to enjoy live sporting action. We are a young country with a young population and the approach is working. Since 2018 we’ve hosted over 100 international sports events and during that time sports participation has more than tripled.’

This comes after the Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker was confirmed for this season, with the top eight in the world playing in the non-ranking event alongside two wildcards in March.

The full ranking event has long been on the cards after it was initially announced on a 10-year deal in 2019 but never appeared.


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