Watch all four events of the new snooker Home Nations Series LIVE on Eurosport
The inaugural Home Nation Series comprised of the Welsh Open, Scottish Open, Northern Ireland Open and English Open is live on Eurosport.
What is the Home Nations series?
The Home Nations is a new series of four events on the World Snooker Tour this season: the English Open, Northern Ireland Open, Scottish Open and Welsh Open. All four are world ranking events so all prize money earned will count towards a player’s ranking. If a player wins all four tournaments he will bank a massive £1 million bonus.
When does it start?
The English Open runs from October 10 to 16 at Event City in Manchester. Next it’s the Northern Ireland Open from November 14-20 at Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast. Then the Scottish Open from December 12 to 18 at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. And finally the Welsh Open from February 13 to 19 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.
Who will be playing?
All four tournaments will feature 128 of the world’s best players, all in a flat draw which means everyone starts in the same round. The entries are not confirmed yet but all of snooker’s top stars are expected to compete.
Can I watch it on TV?
Can I buy tickets?
What are the players saying?
Four-time World Champion John Higgins thinks the possible £1 million bonus will be a huge incentive. He said:
" To win all four would be very difficult, you could compare it to Novak Djokovic or Tiger Woods trying to win all four Grand Slam events in tennis or golf. It’s a fantastic thing to aim for and you can imagine the hype around the Scottish Open if someone were to win the first two events. They would be under so much pressure. I’m sure every top player will look at that potential £1 million bonus and want to have a go, including Ronnie O’Sullivan – I’d be surprised if he doesn’t enter."
Potting sensation Judd Trump added: “It will be virtually impossible for someone to win all four because the standard is so high now. It would be great if someone did it but it would be very hard.”