Baize Watch: Episode 4

Indian Open

  • Location

    India
  • Venue

    TBC
  • Start Date

    18 Sep 2018
  • Finish Date

    22 Sep 2018
  • Total Prize Money

    TBC
  • Format

    Ranking event
  • Winner Prize Money

    TBC
  • Current Champion(s)

    John Higgins
  • Qualifier Location

    Preston
  • Qualifier Venue

    Guild Hall
  • Qualifier Start Date

    15 Aug 2018
  • Qualifier Finish Date

    22 Aug 2018

The 2018 Indian Open will run from September 18 to 22.

John Higgins won the title for the first time in 2017 by beating Anthony McGill 5-1 in the final in Visakhapatnam.

Snooker was invented in India back in the 1870s and there is a rich tradition of cue sports in the country.  It is part of our global vision that snooker will thrive there and grow in popularity.

In 2016 the world ranking event rook place in Hyderabad in Southern India for the first time. Anthony McGill won his first ranking title, beating Kyren Wilson 5-2 in the final.

The Indian Open was first staged in 2013 in New Delhi. That was the first ever world ranking event staged in the country where snooker was invented nearly 140 years earlier. The country’s top player Aditya Mehta gave that ambition a boost by reaching the final of the inaugural event, though he lost to Ding Junhui.

The second Indian Open was staged in Mumbai in 2015, won by Michael White who captured his first ranking title. The enthusiasm  of the local fans and the warm reception always received in ‘Incredible India’ have made this event a welcome addition to the calendar.

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