EuroSport to Broadcast New Chinese Event

EuroSport to Broadcast New Chinese Event

Eurosport will screen live coverage of the Chinalife Xingpai Hainan Classic, a new invitation event taking place next week. The tournament features 12 members of the world's top 16 and all four days will be live on Eurosport2... and Dennis Taylor makes an appearance!

Snooker legend Dennis Taylor is set to take on snooker’s class of 2011 after announcing he is to travel to China to play in the first ever Chinalife Xingpai Hainan Classic in association with 110sport.

As one of the first players to put snooker on the map in China the tournament organisers requested that the 1985 world champion was added to the £200,000 event held in what has been hailed as ‘the Chinese Hawaii’.

“It’s great to be back and I am really excited about returning to playing in what promises to be a fantastic event,” Taylor beamed to

“In 1985 myself and Steve Davis became the first players to travel out to China and it was an incredible experience.

“I played a Chinese player who was wearing a long tie and had a shirt down to his knees, he couldn’t even make a break of 20 – now we have half a dozen top players from China and Ding Junhui only recently won the Masters.”

When questioned on his ability to compete with snooker’s current stars, Taylor admits he may be facing a struggle – although he is adamant if he doesn’t beat them on the table he’ll be victorious on the golf course.

“Hainan looks like a wonderful place and the golf clubs will be travelling with me – I might not beat them at snooker but I will beat them on the golf course.

“Recently I have been playing on the Legends and Seniors Tour so I have been playing however I am not expecting much.

“What can promise there will be plenty of Irish humour as I enjoy my reunion with Chinese snooker fanatics and the best players in the game.”

World champion Neil Robertson, world no.1 John Higgins, Chinese hero Ding Junhui and other top stars such as Ali Carter, Shaun Murphy and Stephen Hendry are set to play alongside local wildcards.

Provisional TV times (CET, for UK time deduct one hour):
Thursday, March 10: 7-10am, 12-3pm
Friday, March 11: 7-10am, 12-3pm
Saturday, March 12: 7-10am, 1.45-3pm
Sunday, March 13: 7-10am, 14.15-3pm



This should be an interesting tournament and a great chance to see how some of the top players are performing. Some people might see Dennis Taylor's inclusion in the tournament as a bit pointless because of the amount of money on offer (winner even gets more than John Higgins got for winning the Welsh Open) should be going to possibly players on the main tour that show some promise like Jack Lisowski or Anthony McGill but I don't see it that way. You have to earn the right to appear in these special events and Dennis has done by winning the 1985 World Championship.

Posted Mar 5, 2011
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