The winner of snooker’s new English Open next month will receive the Steve Davis Trophy, in tribute to one of the sport’s all-time greats who retired this year.
Six-time World Champion Davis was given a standing ovation in April when he announced his farewell to the professional game at the scene of his greatest victories, the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
The English Open has been introduced as part of the brand new Home Nations Series and will see the best in the world battling it out at Event City in Manchester from 10-16 October 2016.
Along with the £70,000 first prize, the players will be fighting it out to be the first ever name on the Steve Davis Trophy.
Davis, winner of 28 ranking titles, said: “It will be a proud moment when I see the trophy being handed out for the first time and it’s very flattering to have been given this honour. It’s fantastic to have a new tournament in England and having the trophy in my name will make it special for me.”
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn added: “Steve has given so much to snooker over the years. He is a great ambassador for the sport and a fantastic champion.”
The English Open, televised by Eurosport, will feature 128 players including top stars like Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump and Mark Selby. Tickets are still available but are selling fast – for details see www.worldsnooker.com/tickets
Any player winning all four Home Nations events will earn a massive £1 million bonus.
Home Nations events;
English Open – Event City, Manchester, October 10-16
Northern Ireland Open – Titanic Exhibition Centre Belfast, November 14-20
Scottish Open – Emirates Arena, December 12-18
Welsh Open – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, February 13-19