Which Lady Will Ronnie O’Sullivan Pair Up With in New Event?
World Snooker Mixed Doubles 2022 to hit ITV screens in September as the top four men and top four women players compete alongside each other in Milton Keynes.
Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Mark Selby, and Neil Robertson will pair up with the top four women players of , new tour graduate Rebecca Kenna, current World Women’s Champion Nutcharut Wongharuthai and female Legends Ng On Yee and Reanne Evans in a new unique event at the Marshall Arena for the 2022/23 season.
In a bid to showcase the equality of snooker and the inclusivity of the game in the modern era, this is the first time an event of this nature has been held since 1991 when the World Champion Steve Davis joined Allison Fisher to win a mixed doubles title in Hamburg.
The @BetVictor World Mixed Doubles is here!
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The random draw will take place in advance of the event, with one man drawn to play alongside each woman. The four pairs will compete over two days in a round-robin format, followed by the final, with the winning team to be crowned inaugural champion.
Each round-robin match will be four frames, with all frames to be completed. Teams will score one point for each frame. At the end of the group phase, the top two teams will go through to the final, which will be the best of seven frames. The two players in a team will make alternate visits to the table (rather than alternate shots).
Said WST Chairman Steve Dawson: “Snooker is a game for everyone, regardless of age, gender and nationality, and we have proved this with the expansion of our tour and of the sport at grassroots level. There is no reason why men and women can’t compete together and we are thrilled to have – for the first time – four women on our professional tour in the coming season.”
“The BetVictor World Mixed Doubles will be an opportunity for the eight players to compete in pairs, creating a different dynamic to the usual individual formats. It will be fascinating to watch both for the live audience and television viewers.
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