Baize Watch: Episode 4

Fuhua Group China Open

  • Location

    China
  • Venue

    Beijing
  • Start Date

    01 Apr 2019
  • Finish Date

    07 Apr 2019
  • Total Prize Money

    TBC
  • Format

    Ranking event
  • Winner Prize Money

    TBC
  • Current Champion(s)

    Mark Selby
  • Qualifier Location

    Barnsley
  • Qualifier Venue

    Metrodome
  • Qualifier Start Date

    27 Jan 2018
  • Qualifier Finish Date

    30 Jan 2018

The 2019 Fuhua Group China Open will run from April 1 to 7.

In 2018 it became the only snooker event other than the World Championship to hit the £1 million prize money mark, thanks to a new four-year agreement between World Snooker and joint promoters Star Xing Pai and Beijing Fuhua Culture Tourism Development Ltd. Co.

Mark Selby won the 2018 title, beating Barry Hawkins 11-3 in the final, taking a top prize of £225,000.

The total prize fund of £1 million almost doubled the 2017 China Open total of £510,000, when the top prize was £85,000. The £225,000 winner’s cheque was only be topped only by the World Championship first prize of £425,000.

The event was televised by CCTV, Eurosport and various other broadcasters worldwide.

The China Open has been staged in the country’s capital every year since 2005. Ding Junhui won the title that year as an 18-year-old, helping to spark a surge of interest in snooker in China. Since then top stars including Judd Trump, Neil Robertson and defending champion Mark Selby have lifted the trophy.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to be working with Star Xing Pai and Beijing Fuhua for the first time on what will be a truly magnificent China Open event. For many years the Gan family and their organisation Star Xing Pai have shared our vision to bring our sport to a new dimension, and they have been outstanding supporters of snooker over the past decade.

Ding with his mother after winning the 2005 China Open

“This is a fantastic announcement which establishes the China Open in Beijing as the flagship tournament in Asia. It’s remarkable to think that back in 2005 when this event was first staged, the total prize fund was only £200,000 and the top prize £30,000 – that shows how far we have come in the past 13 years in terms of the growth of snooker in China.

“This is a great deal for the players whose earning opportunities have never been better, and the fans who have this superb event secured for the next four years. We look forward to working with the Star Xing Pai and Beijing Fuhua teams for many years to come.

“Of course we would like to show our sincere gratitude to our strongest partner CBSA, this latest Agreement demonstrates the significant contribution to the global development of our sport. We thank Mr. Wang Liwei and Ms. Wang Tao together with their excellent team in CBSA for their long term vision.”

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