World Snooker has moved into a new market after announcing details of its first event in Hungary.
Budapest’s Snooker Terminal academy will stage a Challenge Tour event on November 24-25. It will mark the eighth Challenge Tour event of the season.
The Challenge Tour is running for the first time this season as a secondary circuit below the World Snooker Tour. The top two players on the final Order of Merit will earn a two-year card to the professional circuit.
As part of World Snooker’s agreement to stage an event in Budapest, the Hungarian national champion will receive a wild card to all Challenge Tour events this season, from event three onwards. Further details of the new Budapest event will be announced in due course.
World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to bring a tournament to Hungary for the first time as our sport continues to move into new territories. To compete in this event in Budapest will be a fantastic opportunity for the Challenge Tour players. We look forward to working with our friends at the Hungarian Billiards Federation on a successful event.
“Having already staged the first two Challenge Tour events we can see it will be an extremely competitive circuit with a high standard of play, and a huge reward at the end for the two players who earn a World Snooker Tour card.”