World Women’s Snooker (WWS) is today pleased to confirm the first provisional dates of the 2023/24 Tour calendar.
The announcement follows a landmark 2022/23 season, which has seen a full return to an international calendar with nine ranking events successfully held and supported by our strategic partners around the world.
A recognised qualification pathway to the World Snooker Tour since 2021, the WWS Tour operates under the auspices of snooker’s world governing body the WPBSA. Both organisations are committed to the continued growth of women’s snooker globally and to providing opportunities for women and girls everywhere to engage with and play competitively.
The WWS Tour has regularly seen record entry numbers in recent months and with total prize money and further opportunities within our sport continuing to increase, has never carried greater international recognition. With incredible opportunities available for elite players including two places on the World Snooker Tour each season, as well as opportunities to compete in events including the World Mixed Doubles and Champion of Champions, there has never been a greater incentive for women to pick up a cue.
Please note that this is not the complete calendar for the upcoming season and that further event dates will be added in due course.
The first ranking tournament of the 2023/24 season will see the Tour head to the United States for the second staging of the US Open, following its successful inaugural edition won by England’s Jamie Hunter last year.
To run from 11-13 August 2023, the event will return to the fantastic Ox Billiards in Seattle, which houses four full-size Xing Pai tables and has also hosted the US National Championship in recent months.
Supported by Mike Dominguez, owner of Ox Billiards, last season’s tournament saw a diverse field of players from the US and Canada, joined by recognised tour players including current professional Rebecca Kenna, who contested the first ever title held in the US.
Both WWS and Ox are excited to see the tournament return to the calendar for 2023 and remain committed to the growth of women’s snooker in the region.
The UK Women’s Snooker Championship will once again be staged at the popular Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds, England, from 22-24 September 2023 [Updated to include Friday play].
Won for a record-extending 11th time by Reanne Evans last July, the prestigious tournament is second only to the World Championship for longevity with this year’s event set to be its 36th edition.
Held in Leeds since 2015, the tournament has become synonymous with the venue which remains arguably the most recognisable snooker facility in the UK and has pledged additional backing for the event in 2023.
The fourth staging of the Australian Women’s Open will run from 7-10 October 2023 [updated from 19-22 October] as the circuit returns to the stunning Mounties venue in Sydney, Australia.
Won by Ng On Yee, Mink Nutcharut and most recently Jamie Hunter in recent years, the ranking tournament will again be jointly organised by World Women’s Snooker and the Australian Billiards and Snooker Council.
With only England currently boasting more ranked players, Australia remains a key location for the WWS Tour and earlier this year hosted its biggest tournament yet with the staging of the Asia-Pacific Women’s Championship won by Ploychompoo Laokiatphong.
The final event of 2023 is set to return to England’s capital as the Eden Women’s Masters will once again be held at Frames Sports Bar from 17-19 November 2023 [Updated to include Friday play].
Held in South London since 2019, the event has seen a different winner on each occasion at the venue and earlier this season attracted a record 49 entries, the most ever outside of the World Championship as Mink Nutcharut lifted the title for the first time.
The event will once again be supported by title sponsor Eden Resources, as well as the host venue which has embraced the event and women’s snooker in recent years.
Further information, including full entry packs will be published in due course.
Please note that all dates are provisional and subject to change. Always visit our calendar page for the latest dates.