The draw for the 2023 European Open Championship set to take place at Hotel Esperanto, Fulda in Germany from August 8-13 is complete with defending champion Albin Ouschan starting out against Poland’s Dawid Brzezinski whilst local favourites Joshua Filler and Thorsten Hohmann will meet Joerg Rywotzki and Bernd Jahnke respectively.
The European Open Championship is one of five 256-player field tournaments promoted by Matchroom on the World Nineball Tour with players set to fight through a seeded double elimination stage led by the top 128 on the World Nineball Tour Rankings before only 64 make it to the single elimination rounds. Stakes are high with a $200,000 prize fund in the offing and the first automatic spots set to be locked in for both Team Europe and USA ahead of the 2023 Mosconi Cup taking place at Alexandra Palace, London from December 6-9 2023.
57 countries will be represented in Fulda with the likes of World Cup of Pool winning duo James Aranas and Johann Chua set to line up whilst some legends of the game will return to the World Nineball Tour including Oliver Ortmann and Tony Drago. 2015 World Snooker champion Stuart Bingham will make his Nineball debut against former World Pool Masters finalist Lo Ho Sum and now seasoned regular Gary Wilson meeting Nikita Rudenko. The tie of the round will be World Pool Championship semi-finalist Wu Kun Lin who will take on former US Open semi-finalist Chang Yu-Lung in an all Chinese Taipei affair.
Selected Round 1 Matches
- Albin Ouschan vs Dawid Brzezinski
- Thorsten Hohmann vs Bernd Jahnke
- Wu Kun Lin vs Chang Yu-Lung
- Joshua Filler vs Joerg Rywotzki
- Francisco Sanchez Ruiz vs Jani Siekkienen
- Ko Pin Yi vs Raphael Wahl
- Johann Chua vs Graeme Hamilton
- James Aranas vs James Devlin
- Lo Ho Sum vs Stuart Bingham
- Pia Filler vs Clemens Ebert
- Daniel Stuerz vs Oliver Ortmann
- Gary Wilson vs Nikita Rudenko
The European Open Championship will take place from August 8-13.
All times are local (CEST)
8-11 August – from 10 am daily
12 August – 12 pm – 4:30 pm / 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
13 August – 12 pm – 4:30 pm / 6 pm – 9 pm
The top 128 players in the field were seeded based on the 2023 World Nineball Tour Rankings with Round 1 matches taking place over the opening two days.
Outright betting markets will open in the coming days with match odds also available through online gaming websites in the coming days. Keep an eye on the Matchroom Pool social media channels for the latest.
Live rack-by-rack scoring will be available throughout the event at www.matchroompool.com thanks to our partners PRP.
Wherever you are in the world, you will be able to sweat the action with broadcasters globally and live on the Matchroom Pool and Multi Sport YouTube channels in selected territories and on Matchroom.Live. UK and Ireland-based fans can see the final two days on Sky Sports with the opening four on Matchroom.Live and the Matchroom YouTube. Fans in the USA will be able to watch all six days live on DAZN whilst those in Scandinavia, the Baltics, Poland, and Netherlands can watch live on Viaplay. Fans in the Philippines meanwhile will be able to sweat the action on TAP Go and those in Vietnam on VietContent channels.