UK Seniors Championship 2021: Qualifying Preview

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The latest installment of action from the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour takes place at the Crucible Sports and Social Club in Reading next week with qualifiers for the upcoming 2021 UK Seniors Championship.

Around 70 players are set to feature in two separate knockout events (Event One: 20-22 July / Event Two: 23-25 July) with the finalists of both winning a lucrative ticket into the 16-player main draw.

The venue stages of the UK Seniors Championship will once again be held at the Bonus Arena in Hull between the 12th-15th August. Amongst those already scheduled to be there include defending champion Michael Judge, former winners Jimmy White and Ken Doherty, seven-times world champion Stephen Hendry and newly crowned world seniors champion David Lilley who triumphed at the Crucible Theatre in May.

The Line-Up

Several well-known cueists will be in Reading next week aiming to claim one of those four qualification berths.

The number one seed is seniors stalwart Patrick Wallace who reached the last four in Sheffield a couple of months ago.

Former world seniors champions Darren Morgan and Aaron Canavan will both be present, as too will former event finalists at this level, Tony Chappel and Johnathan Bagley.

Professional players ranked outside of the world’s top 64 are permitted to enter, an opportunity that Alfie Burden, Igor Figueiredo, Gerard Greene, Rory McLeod, Lee Walker and 2017 World Seniors Champion Peter Lines have all taken advantage of.

Former world number two Tony Knowles – fresh from an impressive display at Q-School – and 1977 UK Professional Champion Patsy Fagan will both be taking out their cues again. Former professional ranking finalists Dean Reynolds and Rod Lawler are also set to be in the mix.

Super Seniors

Towards the end of the week, there will also be the latest events from the Super Seniors circuit, open to players aged 55 and over.

Competing for prize money and all-important ranking points, both tournaments feature 16 players and include former English Professional Championship finalist Les Dodd, Morgan and the current Super Seniors number one Gary Filtness.