Breakaway snooker tour put on hold


The prospect of two rival snooker tours has been averted for this year at least but breakaway hopefuls, The Sportsmasters' Network, are refusing to rule out any future bid.

TSN managing director Gerry Sinclair admitted his organisation's efforts to recruit players for a breakaway tour had been dented by a World Snooker Association "monopoly".

Sinclair admitted the WSA "hold all the cards" and plans to challenge that in court on May 8th.

But in the meantime TSN have admitted defeat in their quest to set up a rival tour for next season.

They may not have enough time to recruit enough players in time for next season with the WSA's campaign starting in mid-August - a couple of weeks before any rival tour by TSN would be up and running.

Sinclair said: "We have decided to end the uncertainty - there is a stalemate. The WSA held all the cards in as much as getting access to the players was extremely difficult."

"It was an unreasonable restraint of trade - and that's the basis of the action we're taking in May." PA