Chang Yu-Lung and Omar Al-Shaheen have both withdrawn from the upcoming World Pool Masters at the Europa Point Sports Complex, Gibraltar due to travel issues.
Former World Champion and Hall of Famer Mika Immonen and two-time World Cup of Pool winner Mario He will replace Yu-Lung and Al-Shaheen respectively when the world’s most prestigious invitational pool tournament gets underway May 5-8.
Immonen will meet Spain’s Francisco Sanchez Ruiz in the preliminary stage on Friday, 6 May to face Albin Ouschan in the Last 16.
He meanwhile takes on Switzerland’s Dimitri Jungo with the winner set to meet Nineball World No. 5 Max Lechner.
The top eight seeded players from the 2022 Nineball World Rankings enter at the last 16, where they are joined by the winners from the preliminary round, where players ranked 9-24 face-off.
The pick of the draw sees the Ko brothers, Ping Chung and Pin Yi go head to head to reach the Last 16 and take on two-time champion David Alcaide. Recently crowned champion of the world Shane Van Boening will meet one of Lo Ho Sum of Hong Kong, China, or Denis Grabe of Estonia. Masters rookie Oliver Szolnoki takes on America’s Skyler Woodward with Joshua Filler awaiting the winner.
US Open runner-up Aloysius Yapp faces the winner of Jayson Shaw and Mieszko Fortunski. Naoyuki Oi meanwhile faces one of Abdullah Alyousef and two-time winner Niels Feijen.
Fans will be treated to Szolnoki against Woodward and Shaw’s encounter with Fortunski in the opening session on Thursday, 5 May before the preliminary stage concludes on Friday afternoon with Ping Chung vs Pin Yi and Sanchez Ruiz against Immonen.
The 2022 World Pool Masters is live globally wherever fans are in the world including Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, DAZN in all relevant territories, Viaplay and Matchroom.Live. See the full list of broadcasters here.
Thursday 5th May – Evening Session – Preliminary Stage – 5:30pm UK time
Oliver Szolnoki vs Skyler Woodward
Mario He vs Dimitri Jungo
Denis Grabe vs Lo Ho Sum
Jayson Shaw vs Mieszko Fortunski
Friday 6th May – Afternoon Session – Preliminary Stage – 12:00pm UK time
Ko Ping Chung vs Ko Pin Yi
Eklent Kaçi vs Dennis Orcollo
Abdullah Alyousef vs Niels Feijen
Francisco Sanchez Ruiz vs Mika Immonen
Friday 6th May – Evening Session – Last 16 – 6:00pm UK time
Alexander Kazakis (1) vs Dennis Orcollo or Eklent Kaçi
Max Lechner (5) vs Mario He or Dimitri Jungo
Shane Van Boening (2) vs Lo Ho Sum or Denis Grabe
Saturday 7th May – Afternoon Session – Last 16 – 12:00pm UK time
David Alcaide (4) vs Ko Ping Chung or Ko Pin Yi
Aloysius Yapp (6) vs Mieszko Fortunski or Jayson Shaw
Naoyuki Oi (7) vs Abdullah Alyousef or Niels Feijen
Saturday 7th May – Evening Session – Last 16 / Quarter Final 1 – 5:30pm UK time
Joshua Filler (8) vs Oliver Szolnoki or Skyler Woodward
Albin Ouschan (3) vs Francisco Sanchez Ruiz or Mika Immonen
Quarter Final 1