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Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker: First Ever World Snooker Tour Event in Saudi Arabia
Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker_ First Ever World Snooker Tour Event in Saudi Arabia

The Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker, the first-ever World Snooker Tour event in Saudi Arabia, is set to take place from March 4th to 6th, 2024, at the Boulevard Arena in Riyadh

The event is due to feature the top 8 players in the world, including Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump. The tournament will also feature a special Riyadh Season ball worth 20 points that will allow a maximum break of 167.

The snooker tournament is a collaboration between the General Entertainment Authority and the World Snooker Tour and marks a significant breakthrough in bringing professional snooker events to Saudi Arabia.

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Riyadh Season Ball

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The Riyadh Season World Master of Snooker will feature the special ‘Riyadh Season ball.’ This 23rd golden ball will be worth 20 points and will only be pottable once a player has achieved a maximum break of 147.

This increases the maximum break possible in the tournament to a whopping 167, adding an extra layer of excitement to the much-anticipated tournament.

A Star-Studded Lineup

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The Riyadh Season World Master of Snooker will feature the top 8 players in the world. The lineup includes seven-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and 2019 world champion Judd Trump. 

As it stands now, the top eight are:

  • Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • Judd Trump 
  • Mark Allen 
  • Luca Brecel
  • Mark Selby
  • Shaun Murphy
  • Neil Robertson
  • Mark Williams

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Current world champion Luca Brecel will also be part of the tournament, adding a further layer of intrigue and excitement to the event.

HE Turki Alalshikh, the Chairman of the General Entertainment Authority, said: “We are thrilled to be hosting our first-ever professional snooker tournament in the Kingdom. Snooker is watched and played by millions around the world, and we look forward to welcoming some of the greatest players and snooker fans to our country and showing them what Saudi Arabia and Riyadh Season has to offer.” 

The Venue: Boulevard City

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The Boulevard Arena, located in Boulevard City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will host this much-anticipated event. The venue, known for its world-class facilities, will provide the perfect backdrop for the world’s best snooker players to showcase their skills.

A Landmark Collaboration

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The Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker is a result of a landmark collaboration between the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) of Saudi Arabia and the World Snooker Tour. 

The event marks a significant breakthrough in bringing professional snooker events to Saudi Arabia, a region not traditionally associated with the sport.

Steve Dawson, Chairman of the World Snooker Tour, said: “We are looking forward to being a part of Riyadh Season on this fantastic new event featuring the world’s best players. We will be honored to bring our sport to the amazing city of Riyadh, and for the local fans, this will be their first chance to see some of snooker’s all-time greats.”

A New Chapter For Snooker in Saudi Arabia

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The Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker marks a new chapter in the history of professional snooker. The event not only expands the global reach of the sport but also introduces exciting and innovative elements that are sure to captivate both players and fans alike.

The Future Impact

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The Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker is more than just a tournament; it’s a statement of intent. It showcases the potential of Saudi Arabia as a hub for top-tier professional snooker events. It also serves as a testament to the growth and global appeal of the sport.

As the countdown to the tournament begins, the excitement continues to build. The world of professional snookers eagerly awaits the dawn of a new era in Saudi Arabia. The stage is set, the players are ready, and the world is watching. Let the games begin!

Upcoming Sports Events in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Snooker Masters

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Saudi Arabia has revealed a transforming 10-year agreement to host the first-ever Saudi Arabia Snooker Masters, featuring a prize fund exceeding £2 million. 

The premiere of the Saudi Arabia Snooker Masters is scheduled to occur in Riyadh from August 31st to September 7th, 2024, positioning it as the ‘Fourth Major’ on the World Snooker Tour calendar.

6 Kings Slam

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Riyadh Season is gearing up to host the 6 Kings Slam, an exclusive Tennis championship scheduled for October 2024. 

This event, featuring renowned tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, is eagerly anticipated and seamlessly integrated into Riyadh Season, aligning with Saudi Arabia’s initiative to become a hub for major global sports events.

The FIFA World Cup 2034 

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Saudi Arabia has secured the hosting rights for the 2034 FIFA World Cup following the withdrawal of Australia’s bid. The support from the Asian Football Confederation was instrumental in this decision. 

The ultimate confirmation is anticipated at a dedicated FIFA congress set for the end of the upcoming year. This choice is consistent with Saudi Arabia’s broader aspiration to establish itself as a prominent international sports hub, aligning with the outlined objectives of Vision 2030.

The First Esports World Cup 2024

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Saudi Arabia is set to host the inaugural E-Sports World Cup in 2024, marking a significant milestone with the promise of the largest prize pool in esports history. 

This strategic initiative reflects the kingdom’s ambitious vision to establish itself as a prominent player in the global gaming industry, currently valued at $13.3 billion.

In efforts to elevate the esports sector, Saudi Arabia aims to substantially impact the job market by generating 39,000 new opportunities. This underscores the nation’s commitment to fostering growth and innovation in this rapidly expanding field.

Keep Reading: Saudi Arabia Announces a 10-Year Deal to Host First Saudi Arabia Snooker Masters.

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