The draw has been made for the inaugural UK Open Pool Championship taking place at the Copper Box Arena, London from May 17-22 as 256 players battle it out for a share of $200,000.
Nineball World No.1 Shane Van Boening heads into the tournament as the newly crowned World Champion and starts his bid to become the first-ever UK Open winner against James Channon of Great Britain. 2022 World Pool Masters champion Joshua Filler meets Robert Hart whilst British favourites Jayson Shaw and Chris Melling face Ali Hirji Kheraj and Petr Urban respectively. Albin Ouschan will take on Sergio Lagunas whilst the World Snooker Tour’s duo of Martin Gould and Gary Wilson take on Tashunka Schultz and Blaine Barcus respectively.
In a video that was tweeted by MacthroomPool on their tweeter handle, Emily Frazer, CEO of Matchroom Multisports explained the seeding process for the draws, see video. Players were seeded based on the combination of the 2022 Nineball World Ranking and 2023 Nineball World Ranking alongside the WPA Rankings.
Following the successful hosting of the 2021 US open Pool Championship in Las Vagas, Emily had earlier announced Matchroom’s intent organize the UK Open Pool Championship as another event in the yearly calendar of the events. The organisation was set to increase their sports assets for Pool come 2022. We can definite say this is a fulfillment of the desire.
Table 1 – Matchroom Pool Facebook / Matchroom.Live
Match 1: Ko Pin-Yi (13) vs Chun Hao Man
Match 2: Chris Melling (59) vs Petr Urban
Match 3: Joshua Filler (7) vs Robert Hart
Match 4: Albin Ouschan (2) vs Sergio Lagunas
Match 5: Martin Gould (74) vs Tashunka Schultz
Match 6: Shane Van Boening (1) vs James Channon
Table 2 – Matchroom Pool YouTube / Matchroom.Live
Match 1: Kelly Fisher (35) vs Tayfun Teber
Match 2: Ko Ping Chung (11) vs Dominic Clemens
Match 3: Naoyuki Oi (5) vs Adam Humphries
Match 4: Gary Wilson (61) vs Blaine Barcus
Match 5: Lo Ho Sum (78) vs Kinga Rauk
Match 6: Jayson Shaw (14) vs Ali Hirji Kheraj
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