A press conference took place in Beijing on Sunday to officially begin the build up to the 2016 Hanteng Autos World Open in Yushan, China.
This tournament, which will run from July 25-31, will mark a piece of history for Yushan as it is the first time that this location in the Jiangxi Province will stage a professional snooker tournament.
The World Open ranking event makes a welcome return to the calendar as it was last staged two years ago in Haikou, when Shaun Murphy won the title. This time the players will be competing for a top prize of £90,000. Murphy, World Champion Mark Selby, John Higgins, Judd Trump, Neil Robertson and China’s top player Ding Junhui will be among the stars in action.
WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson made a speech at the press conference and paid thanks to title sponsor Hanteng Autos, the CBSA, Star, CCTV, the Jiangxi Province Government, the Shangrai Municipal Government and the Yushan Municipal Government.
The press conference took place at the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, one of the meeting halls of the Chinese parliament.