Snooker - Four more book spots on World Snooker Tour

Ahmed Saif became the first Qatari to turn pro as four more players booked spots on the World Snooker Tour.

Snooker - Four more book spots on World Snooker Tour

View photo

SNOOKER snooker generic file photo

Four more players booked their places on the main tour for 2013/14 after victories at the second of this month’s three Q School events.

Hartlepool’s Ryan Clark was the first man to qualify after he saw off the challenge of Zak Surety and Ben Harrison respectively to book a place on the pro circuit for the next two seasons.

He will be joined on the tour by Swiss player Alexander Ursenbacher after he showed great form, including an event high 140 break, to beat two former professionals in the form of Reanne Evans and Paul Wykes. In qualifying, he becomes only the second Swiss player after Darren Paris to make the pro tour.

Going one better in becoming his first countryman to join the pro ranks was Qatar’s Ahmed Saif, who booked his place after victories over Anthony Parsons and Jamie Rhys Clarke.

"I have been waiting fror this day for a long time, it makes me very proud to be the first pro snooker player from my country," said Saif, who represented Qatar at the 2010 Asian Games. "I have played very well this week and won a few close matches.

"I just hope I can play well on the main tour, keep my place, enjoy myself and do well for my country. Snooker is becoming popular now in Qatar and hopefully my success can help. It would be great to have a ranking event there,"

And Scotland’s Ross Muir became the final player to break onto the tour with a resounding 4-0 victory against Irish former pro David Morris.

View comments (2)