David Alcaide’s dramatic hill-hill win in the 2023 European Open Pool Championship final against Anton Raga in Fulda, Germany has seen the Spaniard move into pole position for an automatic spot in the Race to Mosconi Cup standings as well as into the World Nineball Tour Rankings top 10.
Alcaide and Raga played out one of the most dramatic finals witnessed this year in a battle of experience and youth with the wiley warrior in Alcaide coming good to pounce on a late Raga mistake for a maiden Matchroom signature multi-table title. The $30,000 winnings see Alcaide move up to number to in the Race to Mosconi Cup standings and into the top ten of the World Nineball Tour Rankings for the first time. It was a week to remember for Raga who was making his debut in a Matchroom major as well as his first time ever in Europe and he took full advantage. A run to the final sees Raga enter the world’s elite at world number 51, the second-highest Filipino behind former US Open champion Carlo Biado.
Shane Van Boening’s run to the semi-finals sees the five-time US Open champion strengthen his grip on the second automatic spot for Team USA in the Race to Mosconi Cup standings with compatriot Skyler Woodward locking in the first spot after the South Dakota kid fell to eventual winner Alcaide in Germany. See more as Woodward locks in the first spot on Team USA here.
NEXT WORLD NINEBALL TOUR RANKING EVENT
The first-ever Oceania Nineball Tour event in partnership with Pockets Sports will take place in Adelaide, Australia with a prize fund of $30,000 from August 18-20 – more information including the entry list is available here.
NEXT MATCHROOM EVENT
The signature Matchroom multi-table and oldest major in the sport, the US Open Pool Championship takes place at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City, USA from September 25-30 where Francisco Sanchez Ruiz will look to defend his title. The SVB Junior Open will return on September 28-28 with entries open to Juniors aged 17 and under from Thursday, 17 August at 3pm UK time. Buy your tickets here from $25.