The qualifying rounds of the 2023 Cazoo World Championship are set to take place from April 3-12 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, with tickets now on sale at just £10 per day. The top 16 seeded players will automatically progress to the final stages at the Crucible from April 15 to May 1, while the remaining 128 players will compete in the qualifying rounds for 16 coveted spots.
This year’s tournament promises to be an exciting showcase of both established legends and up-and-coming talents, including former Crucible champions Stephen Hendry, Ken Doherty, and Graeme Dott, as well as Jimmy White, Stephen Maguire, Stan Moody (the new WSF Junior Championship Winner), and World Women’s Champion Baipat Siripaporn.
The matches in the qualifying rounds will be played in a best-of-19 format from the opening round, with sessions scheduled at 10 am, 2:30 pm, and 7 pm for the first three rounds, running from April 3-10. The fourth and final round, known as Judgement Day, will take place on April 11 and 12, with session times at 11 am and 5 pm.
The 128 players will be divided into four rounds, with round one pitting players ranked 81-112 against those seeded 113-144. In round two, the 32 winners will face players ranked 49-80, followed by round three where the 32 winners will face players ranked 17-48. In the fourth and final round, the 32 winners will play against each other, with the 16 winners progressing to the Crucible.
A spokesperson for the World Snooker Tour (WST) expressed excitement for the upcoming tournament, noting that the atmosphere in the qualifying rounds can be just as intense as it is at the Crucible. The spokesperson added that the strength in depth of snooker outside the top 16 is greater than ever before, with many young talents coming through, such as Liam Davies, who won two matches last year at just 15 years old.
According to the spokesperson, the qualifying rounds are an integral part of the Cazoo World Championship experience, and this year’s line-up promises to be fantastic. Tickets for the Crucible often sell out a year in advance, making the qualifying rounds a great alternative for fans to watch a wide range of players and be part of snooker’s biggest tournament.