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Universal Chinese Taipei to Launch Series of WNT Ranking Events

World Nineball Tour

Universal Chinese Taipei Open
Universal Chinese Taipei Open

The World Nineball Tour is heading to Chinese Taipei with the addition of the inaugural Universal Chinese Taipei Open – the first in a series of WNT Ranking Events held in Taipei.

Hosted by WNT partner Fullcan Management Consulting between 16-18th November at Hulk Billiards Flagship Hall in Taipei Ximengding, the latest WNT Ranking Event will welcome the brightest Nineball talents from across the continent to one of Taipei’s premier pool rooms.

Chinese Taipei is a hotbed for producing global talent, with current World Pool Master Ko Pin Yi and brother, WNT No.11 ranked Ko Ping Chung, hailing from the City of Azaleas.

With a total prize fund of $15,460 and conducted under the WNT Event Rules, the Universal Chinese Taipei Open is the latest in a string of WNT Ranking Events heading to South-East Asia.

Bolstering the World Nineball Tour in Asia, alongside the recent addition of the Hanoi Open Pool Championship, Vietnam’s capital will play host to the Peri 9-Ball Open in the days ahead of Matchroom’s latest Major. Between November 29th to December 3rd, Singapore will host the TE Capital 9-Ball Open for the second consecutive year.

This first event will act as a springboard to expand Matchroom’s activity in Chinese Taipei, with the second Open event set to be held in December, with a view for four additional WNT Ranking Events held in Taipei in 2024.

Marvin Wang from Fullcan Management Consulting said: “We feel honoured to become a joint promoter of Matchroom for the Chinese Taipei Open (CTO).

“Pool in Taipei has had a very prosperous and fruitful growth and produced several world champions such as Chao, Wu, Chang, and the Ko brothers for the men’s and Liu, Lin, and Chou for the women’s. We appreciate all the great efforts from our players to bring almost 30 world titles for Chinese Taipei.

“These remarkable achievements makes Chinese Taipei famous for pool not only in Asia but also worldwide. Fullcan is a CPBA affiliate company managing for the sales and channel marketing for CPBA and Moori worldwide.

“We are grateful to see World Nineball Tour Ranking events held in Taipei. Asia has a total population over 4.2 billion. There are tonnes of good players in Asia, and we want to create stages for these underdogs to shine.

“We are privileged to have Universal as our title sponsor for our inaugural event – a highly-reputable global cue manufacturer. Hopefully, we can see more partners and sponsors joining our dream to create a stronger environment for the Asian pool community.”

Hulk Pool Room’s Claire Chen added: “Taipei is the fourth safest city in the world, and we welcome all players worldwide to enjoy the warm and hospitable atmosphere.

“With Six Metro lines, Taipei is one of the most accessible transport systems in the world to allow player’s to join us at Hulk.

“In the daytime, I wish you all the very best performance during the tense competition. At night, we welcome you to experience the beauty of our capital, to relax, and to recharge yourself.”

Matchroom Multi Sport CEO Emily Frazer is excited about the direction of the WNT in Asia: “Since the birth of the WNT, it is integral to our professional tour to work with partners who share our vision of a truly global tour for everyone.

“I’d like to express my thanks to Marvin and the team at Fullcan Management for their collaborative efforts in launching a new series of events with us in Chinese Taipei. This is an untapped market for Nineball with substancial growth and demand, plus with our reigning World Pool Masters Champion hailing from that region, it makes this the perfect next launch. I am thrilled at our progression of events in South-East Asia, which will only further expand and develop as we look ahead to 2024.

“A truly global, professional tour.”

More details will follow soon for Player Entries, as well as how fans will be able to watch the action live through Matchroom Pool’s social media channels. For further information, please contact Jackie Ku here.

Adam Clapham ~ Matchroom Multi Sport

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