Eurosport and Quest cue up LIVE Home Nations snooker as inaugural series begins with the English Open in Manchester
- Inaugural Home Nations series gets underway with the English Open in Manchester on Monday 10th October
- Free-to-air channel Quest to broadcast the English Open, Northern Ireland Open and Scottish Open
- Eurosport will show all four Home Nations series events LIVE and in High Definition
The inaugural Home Nations series will be LIVE in its entirety on Eurosport in high definition, with free-to-air channel Quest broadcasting live action and highlights from three events including the English Open.
Ronnie O’Sullivan, Jimmy White and Neal Foulds will be among the Eurosport team in Manchester
The series comprises of four ranking tournaments, three of which are brand new events with the English Open (10-16 Oct), Northern Ireland Open (14-20 Nov) and Scottish Open (12-18 Dec) joining the already existing Welsh Open (13-19 Feb) on the World Snooker calendar.
Each tournament will feature 128 players in a flat draw and a massive £1million bonus – the largest single prize in snooker history – is on offer for any player who manages to win all four events.
The English Open gets the series underway on Monday 10th October at Event City in Manchester LIVE on Eurosport 1 and Quest from 12.45pm. Daily onsite studio coverage will be presented by Andy Goldstein with expert analysis from Neal Foulds and snooker legends Ronnie “The Rocket” O’Sullivan and Jimmy “The Whirlwind” White, who will both be competing in the event. Commentary comes from David Hendon, Mike Hallett and Philip Studd, with Neal and Jimmy also taking stints behind the mic.
The afternoon matches and both sessions of the final will be simulcast live on Eurosport 1 and Quest. The evening sessions will be live on Eurosport 1 with highlights aired the next day on Quest before each afternoon session.
Talking about the unique £1 million bonus, five-time World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan said; “The £1 million bonus for winning all four tournaments is obviously something which has got people talking, and rightly so – it’s a life changing amount of money. It’s going to be hugely difficult for anyone to do it, but that’s what makes it special.”
Jimmy White agrees; “It’s great to have four tournaments in the UK, and if there is one player who wins them all they receive a £1m bonus so it’s a big step for snooker. It’ll be very tough but nothing’s impossible and I think it really shows that snooker is heading in the right direction; there’s definitely exciting times ahead.”
In a special tribute to some of snooker’s greats, each of the tournament’s trophies have been named after a legend from that respective country; The Steve Davis Trophy for the English Open, the Alex Higgins Trophy for the Northern Ireland Open, the Stephen Hendry trophy for the Scottish Open, and the Ray Reardon Trophy for the Welsh Open. Between them they have accumulated 21 World Championship titles.
Watch the English Open from Monday 10th October to Sunday 16th October LIVE on Eurosport 1 and Quest.
Monday 10 October
1245-1730 LIVE day one afternoon session on Eurosport 1 & Quest
1845-2200 LIVE day one evening session on Eurosport 1
Tuesday 11 October
1145-1245 Day one evening session highlights on Quest
1245-1730 LIVE day two afternoon session on Eurosport 1 & Quest
1845-2200 LIVE day two evening session on Eurosport 1
Wednesday 12 October
1145-1245 Day two evening session highlights on Quest
1245-1730 LIVE day three afternoon session on Eurosport 1 & Quest
1845-2200 LIVE day three evening session on Eurosport 1
Thursday 13 October
1045-1145 Day three evening session highlights on Quest
1145-1730 LIVE day four afternoon session on Eurosport 1 & Quest
1845-2200 LIVE day four evening session on Eurosport 1
Friday 14 October
1045-1145 Day four evening session highlights on Quest
1145-1730 LIVE quarter-finals afternoon session on Eurosport 1 & Quest
1845-2200 LIVE quarter-finals evening session on Eurosport 1
Saturday 15 October
1145-1245 Quarter-finals evening session highlights on Quest
1245-1630 LIVE semi-finals afternoon session on Eurosport 1 & Quest
1845-2200 LIVE semi-finals evening session on Eurosport 1
Sunday 16 October
1245-1345 Semi-finals evening session highlights on Quest
1345-1730 LIVE final afternoon session on Eurosport 1 & Quest
1915-2200 LIVE final evening session on Eurosport 1 & Quest
Eurosport 1 is available on Sky (410), Virgin Media (521/522) and BT TV (412/435). Also available via Eurosport Player: eurosportplayer.co.uk
Quest is available on Freeview (Ch 37), Sky (Ch 144) & Virgin Media (Ch 172)