Home hero Bob Chaperon became the first player to qualify for the 2020 World Seniors Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre after winning the ROKiTPhones.com Toronto Qualifying event last weekend.
Held at Ontario’s The Corner Bank venue and in conjunction with the Canadian Billiards and Snooker Association, this was the first of several qualifying opportunities for players aged over 40 to line up at the home of snooker next summer.
Nearly 60 entries from across Canada and beyond began the event but it was experienced former professional Chaperon who emerged triumphant. The 1990 British Open champion and World Cup winner received a bye in the opening round before eliminating fellow countrymen Agim Edrenic and Alan Whitfield in the last 32 and 16 respectively.
Returning the next day, he defeated Englishmen Aidan Owens and Richard Emery to secure a berth in the final where he faced last year’s Toronto qualifying champion Joris Maas of the Netherlands. In a dramatic title decider, 61-year-old Chaperon came through in a deciding frame to confirm his Crucible return; his last appearance there was in 1992.
Earlier this year Chaperon claimed the Canadian National Snooker Championship for a second time – 38 years on from his maiden victory in the event.
To view all the results from Toronto last weekend please visit snookerscores.net