China’s Ding Junhui has pulled out of the Coral Tour Championship and has been replaced in the draw by Stephen Maguire.
Ding is currently in China and has decided not to travel to the UK for the tournament which starts on June 20th. WST worked with the UK government to find ways for Ding to play in the event while observing the current quarantine requirements for anyone arriving in the UK. However Ding has decided that as a safety precaution he prefers to avoid extensive travel and remain in China at this stage.
Ding expressed his appreciation for the effort that WST and the UK Government have put into making it possible for him to compete.
The tournament at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes runs from June 20th to 26th and features the top eight players on the one-year ranking list.
Scotland’s Maguire is ninth on the list and therefore next in line for a place in the £380,000 world ranking event. He replaces Ding directly in the draw and will face Neil Robertson in the first round.
That will be the opening match of the tournament on Saturday June 20th, followed by Judd Trump v John Higgins on the Sunday, Mark Selby v Yan Bingtao on the Monday then Shaun Murphy v Mark Allen on the Tuesday.
All quarter and semi-finals will be best of 17 frames, with the final best of 19. The event will have extensive live coverage on ITV4 with sessions at 1.30pm and 7pm.
The Coral Tour Championship is the third and last event in the Coral Series and has a top prize of £150,000. The leading money winner across the three events will also receive the Coral Cup and a bonus of £100,000.
The World Snooker Tour has returned with the Matchroom.Live Championship League, with all 116 players, officials and staff testing negative for Covid-19. The same rigorous procedures on testing, sanitisation and social distancing will be followed at the Coral Tour Championship.