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Hong Kong Masters (snooker)i

The Hong Kong Masters is a non-ranking snooker tournament that has been held sporadically since the 1980s. It initially ran from 1983-88, then ran again in 1990-91. It was revived with a special event in 2017, and returned in 2022.

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‘There’s a new benchmark,’ world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan says, while Marco Fu reveals his plans after hometown Masters put him back on the big stage.

Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump and the rest battle the heat, and freezing air con, while some want to join the audience and fantasy football transfers are a priority.

The world champion resists Marco Fu fightback to take HK$1 million prize at Hong Kong Coliseum, watched by another record crowd on landmark occasion for the city.

Hongkonger Marco Fu beats John Higgins in thriller thanks to a maximum break in the deciding frame, before Ronnie O’Sullivan recovers to see off Neil Robertson.

Local favourite Ng On-yee beaten but arena is warmed by supreme Ronnie O’Sullivan, after Mark Williams struggles to stay awake as he arrives as Covid stand-in.

Local favourite Marco Fu, absent from the snooker circuit during the pandemic, beats a ‘bamboozled’ Mark Selby before John Higgins and Judd Trump share a high-quality encounter.

Mark Selby says snooker calendar lacks time to fit in quarantine before tournaments, as Hong Kong holds its first major international sports event since start of pandemic.

Mark Williams to replace the Chinese sensation following test result on day of tournament launch, in ill-timed blow as play gets under way at Hong Kong Coliseum.

Players may enter Hong Kong Masters venue during first three days in city – a right not enjoyed by other incoming travellers – but officials reject comparison with actress.

11 mainland Chinese through to last 32, as Judd Trump aims to reclaim top ranking from Ronnie O’Sullivan before the players move on to the Hong Kong Masters.

Hongkonger misses out on final with playing partner Judd Trump in a mixed-doubles tournament lauded by the players, but is in the main draw for the British Open.

‘It’s an amazing showcase for the women’s game … they settled into the swing of things a lot quicker than me and Ronnie [O’Sullivan] did,’ Ng’s playing partner Judd Trump says.

Scrapping of hotel quarantine for arrivals is welcomed by snooker officials ahead of next month’s event, but players could yet be affected by new border policy.

Officials announce line-up for 8-player tournament featuring likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Selby, after government’s late cap on numbers at running and swimming races plunged other events into uncertainty.

Seven-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan reveals he is taking a two-month break but hopes to make his comeback at October’s Hong Kong Masters event.

World Snooker Tour adds tournament to calendar, with 8 of world’s best players to take part in event Hong Kong officials say will show city is ‘back for business’.

Quarantine is ‘very difficult for players to accept, with the rest of the world having opened,’ source says. ‘The world governing body could not believe it.’

World’s best including Judd Trump and Mark Selby tweet support for Hong Kong Masters’ potential return, but it depends on government nod and quarantine rules.

Previous tournament in 2017 included likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins, but with social-distancing measures still in force in the city, Covid-19 could yet halt plans.