VIETNAM’S CAPITAL HANOI TO HOST THE FIRST ASIAN OPEN POOL CHAMPIONSHIP OCTOBER 10-15 2023
Matchroom Pool is proud to announce the inaugural Asian Open Pool Championship will take place in Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi October 10 – 15 in partnership with the Department of Culture and Sport for Hanoi City and the country’s number one sports agency Vietcontent and United Kingdom broadcaster Sky Sports. Another global stop on the World Nineball Tour, the Asian Open will be staged at the Hanoi Indoor Games Gymnasium inside the Vietnam National Sports Complex as part of an initial three-year partnership with the City.
- Asian Open Pool Championship to take place in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi from 10-15 October 2023
- $200,000 prize fund for 256 player field event
- WNT top 128 ranked players to feature
- First signature Matchroom multi-table open event in Asia
- Vietnam Junior Open to take place 13-14 October
The Asian Open Pool Championship becomes the fifth signature Matchroom multi-table event on the World Nineball Tour with both Vietcontent and the Department of Sport for Hanoi City instrumental in securing what will be the biggest pool tournament in Southeast Asia as 256 players battle it out for the $200,000 prize fund over six days.
Led by local World Nineball Tour Vietnamese stars Duong Quoc Hoang, Nguyễn Anh Tuấn, and Asia’s biggest names like World Pool Masters Champion Ko Pin Yi, Spanish Open Champion Dang Jin Hu, WNT No. Aloysius Yapp, and WNT. Naoyuki Oi the tournament promises to be one of the biggest on the calendar with 29 players from the region represented in the top 128 in the world on the latest WNT Rankings alone.
The World Nineball Tour’s first Matchroom open event in Asia underlines a commitment to provide playing opportunities for all in every corner of the world with a platform for players to earn their way into the biggest invitational events by order of merit on the calendar whilst earning a fair living.
Entries will now open on Sunday, 2 July at 12pm CEST costing $250 with the top 128 on the WNT Rankings at the conclusion of the Spanish Open Pool Championship given priority entry. Prior to the Asian Open Pool Championship and following the conclusion of the event, World Nineball Tour ranking events will take place in Southeast Asia as part of the wider growth of Nineball in the region with details to be announced soon.
As part of Matchroom’s commitment to growing the grassroots of the game, the Vietnam Junior Open will also take place on October 13-14 alongside the final stages of the main event with a prize fund of $10,000 on offer for the 64-player field that will be open to juniors aged 17 and under. More details on entry will follow soon.
Ko said: “The opportunity to play a World Nineball Tour major closer to home is brilliant for my brothers and me. We look forward to traveling to Vietnam to experience the Asian Open Pool Championship and everything Hanoi has to offer. It’s exciting to see the expansion of the World Nineball Tour across the world. I know the crowd will welcome us all and create an amazing atmosphere for us all.”
USA legend and WNT No. 3 Shane Van Boening cannot wait: “I cannot wait to head to Vietnam for the first time, the country will be the 64th country I’ve played in, I’ve heard so much about the pool community in Hanoi so this is an amazing opportunity to experience another part of Asia. The Asian Open Pool Championship is a massive step forward for the World Nineball Tour and I cannot wait for more stops on the continent to be added – it really shows how quickly Nineball is expanding across the globe and gives me even more chances to explore the globe.”
Duong Quoc Hoang said: “It’s amazing that such an amazing and beautiful tournament will take place in Vietnam. The Vietnamese fans are very welcoming to everyone and I am sure all our people will be looking forward to this event. They will turn out in their thousands to watch the Asian Open Pool Championship. I am so excited for the World Nineball Tour to come to Hanoi City. I’m excited for this opportunity and want to thank Vietcontent and Matchroom and everyone else who has made this possible.”
Matchroom Multi Sport Managing Director Emily Frazer said: “The World Nineball Tour is expanding and we’re going to the beautiful Hanoi City in Vietnam. The Asian Open Pool Championship, 256 players, and a $200,000 prize money on offer led by the top 128 on the WNT Rankings heating to Vietnam. We’re really excited. The final two days will be live on Sky Sports. Sky Sports have been instrumental to our push of Nineball following the schedule and putting these events on back to back so they’ve been really pushing Nineball for us with the calendar. We have a great team on the ground with Vietcontent and the Department of Culture and Sport for Hanoi City.”
“We’re heading to these locations to push the world Nineball Tour. The Vietnam Junior Open will take place during the Asian Open. It’s a great opportunity for Juniors to come onto the main stage and get experience in front of the cameras. We should be traveling the world and getting more global players on the World Nineball Tour rankings. The Asian Open Pool Championship will also be the final stop for the Race to Mosconi Cup standings.”
Vietcontent President Ms. Tran Thuy Chi quote: Vietnam currently is one of the countries with the largest number of pool players in Asia and the World. In, Hanoi capital has been considered as a strong city of 9-ball pool for many years until now and the players from capital athletes have contributed 3 SEA Games gold medals to the Pool National team in 2009. It’s the reason for Hanoi to cooperate with Matchroom to host the very first Asian Open Championship in October of 2023. And we the date will coincide with Independence Day of Hanoi so it is the best opportunity to bring Hanoi to the world in bring the world to Hanoi.
“Together with the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports, Vietcontent is excited to be the host partner of this event, a very meaningful event for billiards fans in Vietnam in particular and sports in general.Vietcontent President Ms. Tran Thuy Chi quote: Vietnam currently is one of the countries with the largest number of pool players in Asia and the World. In, Hanoi capital has been considered as a strong city of 9-ball pool for many years until now and the players from capital athletes have contributed 3 SEA Games gold medals to the Pool National team in 2009. It’s the reason for Hanoi to cooperate with Matchroom to host the very first Asian Open Championship in October of 2023. And we the date will coincide with the Independence Day of Hanoi so it is the best opportunity to bring Hanoi to the world and bring the world to Hanoi. Together with the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports, Vietcontent is excited to be the host partner of this event, a very meaningful event for billiards fans in Vietnam in particular and sports in general.”
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