Snooker: Nüßle succeeds at World Cup qualification premiere


In the third attempt, snooker talent Florian Nule survived a round of World Cup qualification for the first time. The 19-year-old stylian defeated two-time old amateur amateur champion Ben Henkorn in a 6: 2 frame in the qualifying tournament in Sheffield on Wednesday. The four-time national champion will now meet 47-year-old British Mark King, who was eleventh in the world rankings on Saturday.

The way to the World Cup to be held in Sheffield on 17 April is still a long way to go. Out of 112 contestants in the qualification, only 16 get tickets to the World Cup, with Nule having to win three more rounds. The final of the World Cup is to be held again this year as the first indoor event in Great Britain in front of an audience. The World Snooker Federation announced it on Wednesday. It is expected that on May 2 and 3, the final will be able to utilize full spectator capacity at the Crucible Theater.

As the tournament progressed, more and more spectators were admitted. In the first round, which lasts from April 17 to 21, an occupancy rate is 33 percent. The rules of distance still apply between groups of spectators. In the second round, capacity has been increased to 50, up to 75 percent in the quarters and semi-finals. A minimum distance is not necessary. Masks are required throughout the tournament.

The Snooker World Cup is part of a UK government pilot project that may gradually allow viewers to return to major events.

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