The World Snooker Federation (WSF) and Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC) have jointly announced a new agreement which will see two major amateur tournaments held in Adelaide in South Australia in January 2021.
Following the successful staging of the WSF Junior Open and WSF Open tournaments, won by China’s Gao Yang and England’s Ashley Hugill, respectively, in Malta earlier this year, both mixed-gender competitions are now set to take place next year at the Snooker SA Venue.
Both competitions will be open to all players who are in good standing with their National Federation and will offer main tour qualification to the professional World Snooker Tour from the start of the 2021-2022 season.
Snooker SA, established by the Billiards and Snooker Association of South Australia (BSASA) at "The Venue" in 2015, houses 12 full-size snooker tables and is based in the heart of Adelaide with local accommodation and amenities easily accessible.
Snooker has a proud history in the region dating back more than 100 years to the formation of the BSASA in 1913 and has seen many great champions crowned, including Australia's current world number two Neil Robertson, winner of the inaugural SA Snooker Open in 2001.
"Together with our friends at the ABSC, I am extremely pleased to be able to announce the next staging of these two highly prestigious WSF tournaments in Adelaide next year," WSF President Jason Ferguson said.
"This year’s open entry events in Malta proved extremely successful in breaking down barriers, providing opportunity for all to gain access to the World Snooker Tour.
"Our new World Junior Open demonstrated clearly that there is a new generation of players waiting to appear in our major televised events.
"The tournament provides a fantastic opportunity for these players to compete for a world junior title in our sport, with many of them also then contesting the subsequent open competition with the world’s best amateur players."
Ferguson added: "The World Snooker Federation is going from strength to strength and to fit with the WSF’s vision of reaching out to all destinations around the world, we are delighted to be working alongside the experienced and passionate ABSC team.
"When staging international amateur events such as these, it is vital we find attractive international destinations for all.
"Having personally visited Adelaide in the past, I am sure all players along with their families and friends will soak up this wonderful Australian experience by the sea.
"Once again, these tournaments will be open to all and will again provide direct access to the World Snooker Tour, not only through main tour cards, but also further opportunities to compete in prestigious ranking tournaments."
ABSC President Frank Dewens stated the national governing body is "delighted and honoured" to be offered the opportunity to host the two tournaments.
"The ABSC together with the Australian Confederation of Billiards Sports are providing our elite snooker players the opportunity to play against the best in the world," he said.
"Whilst Australia is at a distinct disadvantage geographically, these tournaments will be bringing the best in the world to Australia and to our region."