2002/03 snooker season
|2002/03 snooker season
|Beginning of the season||September 24, 2002|
|End of season||May 5, 2003|
|number of players||326|
|Triple Crown Winner|
|UK Championship||Mark Williams|
|World Champion||Mark Williams|
|Ranking first||Ronnie O'Sullivan|
The 2002/03 snooker season was a series of snooker tournaments that were part of the Main Tour . In the year before, 14 titles were played, of which 11 events remained - a trend that should continue in the following year. Apart from the two invitation tournaments, there were also points to be won for the world rankings.
After 13 years, the Thailand Masters was no longer held; Local hero James Wattana was no longer among the best in the world in recent years, so local interest had waned. The second Asian tournament, the China Open , also dropped out of the tournament calendar (but should return later). Also new was the short-lived Champions Cup . For the Scottish Masters , this 21st event should be the last. After an extended summer break on September 24, 2002, it formed the start of the 2002/03 season, which traditionally ended on May 5, 2003 with the World Cup finals.
The following table shows the final results of the season.
|September 24th to September 29th, 2002||Scottish Masters 2002||Glasgow||Invitation tournament||Ronnie O'Sullivan||John Higgins||9: 4|
|October 4 to October 12, 2002||LG Cup 2002||Preston||World ranking tournament||Chris Small||Alan McManus||9: 5|
|October 21 to October 31, 2002||Benson & Hedges Championship 2002||Mansfield||Invitation tournament||Mark Davis||Mehmet Husnu||9: 6|
|November 2002||Merseyside Professional 2002||Liverpool||Non-ranking tournament||Mark Davis||Stephen Maguire||5: 2|
|November 9th to November 17th, 2002||British Open 2002||Telford||World ranking tournament||Paul Hunter||Ian McCulloch||9: 4|
|December 1 to December 15, 2002||UK Championship 2002||York||World ranking tournament||Mark Williams||Ken Doherty||10: 9|
|January 22 to January 26, 2003||Welsh Open 2003||Cardiff||World ranking tournament||Stephen Hendry||Mark Williams||9: 5|
|February 2 to February 9, 2003||Masters 2003||London||Invitation tournament||Mark Williams||Stephen Hendry||10: 4|
|March 11 to March 16, 2003||European Open 2003||Torquay||World ranking tournament||Ronnie O'Sullivan||Stephen Hendry||9: 6|
|March 25 to March 30, 2003||Irish Masters 2003||Dublin||World ranking tournament||Ronnie O'Sullivan||John Higgins||10: 9|
|April 5 to April 13, 2003||Scottish Open 2003||Edinburgh||World ranking tournament||David Gray||Mark Selby||9: 7|
|April 19 to May 5, 2003||2003 World Snooker Championship||Sheffield||World ranking tournament||Mark Williams||Ken Doherty||18:16|
The snooker world ranking is only updated after each full season and takes into account the performance of the past two seasons. The following table shows the 32 best placed players of the 2002/03 season, based on the results of the 2000/01 and 2001/02 seasons . The position in the previous year is given in brackets.
|Place 1 - 8||Place 9 - 16||17th - 24th place||Place 25 - 32|
|1||Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)||9||Paul Hunter (9)||17th||Anthony Hamilton (19)||25th||Steve Davis (21)|
|2||Mark Williams (1)||10||Jimmy White (11)||18th||John Parrott (22)||26th||Anthony Davies (31)|
|3||Peter Ebdon (7)||11||Mark King (13)||19th||David Gray (30)||27||Marco Fu (17)|
|4th||John Higgins (3)||12||Graeme Dott (14)||20th||Dominic Dale (20)||28||Tony Drago (29)|
|5||Ken Doherty (4)||13||Joe Perry (27)||21st||Dave Harold (15)||29||Chris Small (24)|
|6th||Stephen Hendry (5)||14th||Quinten Hann (25)||22nd||Drew Henry (18)||30th||Nigel Bond (23)|
|7th||Stephen Lee (8)||15th||Alan McManus (12)||23||Fergal O'Brien (16)||31||Ali Carter (61)|
|8th||Matthew Stevens (6)||16||Joe Swail (10)||24||Michael Judge (28)||32||James Wattana (32)|
- The 2002/2003 Season. In: snooker.org. Retrieved March 19, 2016 .
- 2002/2003 Embassy World Rankings. In: snooker.org. Retrieved March 19, 2016 .