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Snooker stars to play Grand Final in Algarve

By DAISY SAMPSON daisy.sampson@algarveresident.com

World class snooker players will be in the Algarve in May to play in the inaugural final of the World Series of Snooker.

Top ranking players from around the world, including John Higgins, Steve Davis, Shaun Murphy and Ken Docherty, will all be present in the region for the final, which is due to receive worldwide coverage thanks to it being televised by Eurosport.

Organisers of the event believe that this will be the pinnacle of a fantastic tournament that has seen competitors play to packed houses across the world.

Pat Mooney, managing director of FSTC sports management, organisers of the event, told the Algarve Resident: “We put the location of the final out to tender and had a number of different offers including Copenhagen and Berlin. However, it was the players who decided that they wanted to play the final in the Algarve and Portimão seemed a perfect choice.”

The final is to be held in the Pavilhão Arena in Portimão between May 8 and 10 and is being staged in association with the Allgarve 09 programme of sporting, cultural and musical events scheduled throughout the summer season in the Algarve.

Five thousand live spectators and 22.5 million global viewers are expected to watch the final in Portimão.

“If you enjoy watching snooker on the TV then you will find it truly addictive to watch the game live,” said Pat Mooney.

He added: “The players have so much personality and you can really experience this live; it is also really intense when you are in the hall with the players.”

The competition hopes to encourage young local people to not only take up the sport but to also take part in the competition.

Paul Carr told the Algarve Resident: “Local players will be able to compete in the competition as wild card entrants and we are hoping that in the future we will be able to organise open qualifiers so that everyone will have the chance to see if they can make it as a snooker player.”

“The Algarve may well be known for golf but we want to make snooker a big sport here as well. We believe that for snooker to remain popular we need to encourage the youth to take part and we hope that by being able to watch some of the great players live in new international locations, this will boost the popularity of the sport as has been the case in eastern Europe in recent years,” said Pat Mooney.

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Tickets for the competition are yet to go on sale but further information about the tournament is available at www.theworldseriesofsnooker.com

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