Grand Prix 2000
Grand Prix 2000
|Tournament type:||World ranking tournament|
Telford , England
|Opening:||October 13, 2000|
|Endgame:||October 22, 2000
|Highest Break:||143 ( Brian Morgan )|
The 2000 Grand Prix was a snooker tournament of the 2000/01 season that was held from October 13-22 , 2000 at the Telford International Center . The city of Telford in western England was the venue for the tournament only once, which has changed locations several times since 1993.
Defending champion was the Scot John Higgins . This time he only reached the quarter-finals. The previous year he had defeated Mark Williams in the final. The Welshman reached the final again this year and this time won his second Grand Prix title after 1996 with a 9-5 win over Ronnie O'Sullivan .
Prize money / world ranking points
There was approximately £ 30,000 more in prize money this year than in 1999. The extra money went to the losers in the last two qualifying rounds, who got £ 150 and £ 300 more, respectively. The bonuses were redistributed by expanding the starting field in the main tournament to 64 players. There were also adjustments to the points for the world rankings . There were up to 300 points more for all placements.
|Prize money||World ranking
|Quarter finalist||£ 9,400||1,625|
|Round of 16||£ 4,800||1,330|
|Last 32||£ 3,900||1,140|
|Last 48||£ 3,150||874|
|Last 64||£ 2,400||684|
|Last 96||£ 1,550||524|
|Last 128||£ 950||402|
|Highest break||TV phase: £ 5,000
before: £ 1,000
|All in all||£ 426,350|
The year before, 64 players had played the main tournament in Preston . This year only 48 players competed in Telford . In round 1 32 players competed, the top 16 of the world rankings were set for round 2.
16 players made it through the qualification successfully. They competed in round 1 against the world ranking players from 17th to 32nd.
Top 32 to the final
kl. = without a fight
For the third time in a year, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Williams competed in a final. O'Sullivan had previously won twice, but in between Williams had won the world championship and taken first place in the world rankings. The two shared the first four frames of the final, then Williams took the lead with a century break and expanded it frame by frame to 6-2 at the end of the afternoon session. With the lead he went into the evening strengthened and immediately added the sixth frame in a row to 7: 2. O'Sullivan didn’t give up without a fight and reduced it again to 5-7, but when the Welshman got his eighth frame, that was the preliminary decision and with frame 14 Williams made the 9-5 victory perfect. It was the tenth ranking win in his career.
The qualification took place between August 26 and September 12, 2000. 156 players had registered for the tournament and in four rounds the 16 players who then competed in the main tournament in Telford in October were determined from the 124 players from 33rd place in the world rankings .
11 players achieved 23 breaks of at least 100 points in the main tournament. Although he only played two rounds, John Higgins scored four Centurys as did tournament winner Mark Williams . Ali Carter secured £ 1,000 for the highest break in qualifying with a break of 134 points.
a scored in round 1 (round of the last 48 without the top 16 players)