WPA World Nine-ball Championship

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The WPA World Nine-ball Championship is an annual, international, professional nine-ball pool (pocket billiards) tournament, founded in 1990, sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA), and principally sponsored and organised by Matchroom Sport (who provide the event's official website, under the less specific name World Pool Championship). It is divided into men's, women's and wheelchair Divisions. Since 2010, it is held in Doha, Qatar.

Nine-ball type of sport

Nine-ball is a contemporary form of pool, with historical beginnings rooted in the United States and traceable to the 1920s. The game may be played in social and recreational settings by any number of players and subject to whatever rules are agreed upon beforehand, or in league and tournament settings in which the number of players and the rules are set by the sponsors. During much of its history, nine-ball has been known as a "money game" in both professional and recreational settings, but has since become established as a legitimate alternative to eight ball, straight pool and other major competition games.

Pool (cue sports) family of cue sports

Pool is a classification of cue sports played on a table with six pockets along the rails, into which balls are deposited. Each specific pool game has its own name; some of the better-known include eight-ball, eightball pool and its variant blackball, nine-ball, ten-ball, seven-ball, straight pool, one-pocket, and bank pool.

World Pool-Billiard Association World gouvernent body for pool billiards

The World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) is the international governing body for pool. It was formed in 1987, and was initially headed by a provisional board of directors consisting of representatives from Japan, the United States, Sweden, and Germany. as of February 2019, the WPA president is Ian Anderson of Australia, and the organization is headquartered in Sydney. It is an associate of the World Confederation of Billiards Sports (WCBS), the international umbrella organization that encompasses the major cue sports. It also sanctions rules and events for carom billiards.

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History

In the summer of 1989, the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) began plans for a world championship tournament. The group sent invitations, rules, sports regulations and by-laws. Reception was positive, and a provisional Board was created. [1]

In March 1990, the inaugural WPA World Nine-ball Championship was held in Bergheim, Germany. The playing field included 32 men and 16 women in separate divisions, and has since become an annual event. The event was organised solely by the WPA from this inauguration through 1999. [2]

Bergheim, North Rhine-Westphalia Place in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Bergheim is a German city 20 km west of Cologne and the capital of the Rhein-Erft-Kreis. The city's Niederaußem district is one of the most important suppliers for energy from lignites in Europe.

In July 1999, Matchroom Sport attempted to get involved with the organisation of the event, but their bid failed. The WPA event was played in Alicante, Spain, and won by Nick Varner of the United States. Broadcast on ESPN, it was the first pro nine-ball championship to be televised. Matchroom Sport, meanwhile, instead organised tournament called the "World Professional Pool Championship", a competing and non-WPA-sanctioned event in Cardiff, Wales, which was won by Efren Reyes of the Philippines. [3]

Matchroom Sport is a sport event promotions company led by the founder and owner English entrepreneur Barry Hearn and his son Eddie Hearn. It first came to attention in the sports of snooker and boxing and is also involved in pool, bowling, golf, fishing, darts, Table Tennis, and poker and as of late 2016 gymnastics. The company is based in Brentwood, Essex. Matchroom has a comprehensive broadcasting agreement in the United Kingdom with Sky Sports.

Alicante City in Spain

Alicante is a city and port in Spain on the Costa Blanca, the capital of the province of Alicante and of the comarca of Alacantí, in the south of the Valencian Community. It is also a historic Mediterranean port. The population of the city of Alicante proper was 330,525, estimated as of 2016, ranking as the second-largest Valencian city. Including nearby municipalities, the Alicante conurbation had 452,462 residents. The population of the metropolitan area was 757,085 as of 2014 estimates, ranking as the eighth-largest metropolitan area of Spain.

Spain Kingdom in Southwest Europe

Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a country mostly located in Europe. Its continental European territory is situated on the Iberian Peninsula. Its territory also includes two archipelagoes: the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The African enclaves of Ceuta, Melilla, and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera make Spain the only European country to have a physical border with an African country (Morocco). Several small islands in the Alboran Sea are also part of Spanish territory. The country's mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north and northeast by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean.

In 2000, the Matchroom and WPA agreed that tournaments would merge into a single official world championship. The WPA also agreed to recognise the results of the 1999 Matchroom event, meaning that official listings show both Varner and Reyes as 1999 world champions. Matchroom changed its promotional name for the event to the "World Pool Championship", dropping the word "professional" from the title. The event remained in Cardiff through 2003. [2]

In 2001, the number of competitors in the men's division was increased to 128 and a men's division first prize raised to $65,000. [2] [4]

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The 2004 and 2005 events were held in Taiwan, with a men's division first prize of $75,000 as of 2004. [2] The 2005 tournament saw two rules changes: last 64 and last 32 matches were extended to race-to-10 format, and the pockets on the tables were narrowed, to make the game more difficult. [5]

In the 2006 event, the Philippines became the host country for two years. All matches became alternating- break all the way from the group stages to the finals. Men's division first prize escalated to $100,000. In 2007, the event ran from November 3–11, and Daryl Peach of the England was the victor. Because of the global late-2000s recession the championship did not reappear on the calendar in 2008. For some time neither Matchroom nor the WPA released any predictions regarding its reinstatement, and no 2009 event was held, either. [6]

After this two-year hiatus, the tournament returned as the 2010 WPA World Nine-ball Championship in Doha, Qatar. Francisco Bustamante of the Philippines won the 2010 title. [7] Since then, the event has been held annually in Doha. [8]

Winners

YearDatesLocationWinnerRunner-upFinal score
1990 Bergheim, Germany Flag of the United States.svg Earl Strickland Flag of the United States.svg Jeff Carter
1991 Las Vegas, United States Flag of the United States.svg Earl Strickland (2) Flag of the United States.svg Nick Varner 9–7
1992 Taipei, Taiwan Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Archer Flag of the United States.svg Bobby Hunter
1993 Königswinter, Germany Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chao Fong-pang Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Hasch
1994 Chicago, United States Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Okumura Takeshi Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Yasunari Itsuzaki
1995 Taipei, Taiwan Flag of Germany.svg Oliver Ortmann Flag of the United States.svg Dallas West
1996 Borlänge, Sweden Flag of Germany.svg Ralf Souquet Flag of Sweden.svg Tom Storm 11–1
1997 Chicago, United States Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Archer (2) Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Kun-Fang Lee
1998 Taipei, Taiwan Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Takahashi Kunihiko Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Archer
1999 (A)July 18–26 Cardiff, Wales Flag of the Philippines.svg Efren Reyes Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chang Hao-ping 17–8
1999 (B)December 5–12 Alicante, Spain Flag of the United States.svg Nick Varner Flag of the United States.svg Jeremy Jones 13–8
2000 July 1–9 Cardiff, Wales Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chao Fong-pang (2) Flag of Mexico.svg Ismael Paez 17–6
2001 July 14–22 Flag of Finland.svg Mika Immonen Flag of Germany.svg Ralf Souquet 17–10
2002 July 13–21 Flag of the United States.svg Earl Strickland (3) Flag of the Philippines.svg Francisco Bustamante 17–15
2003 July 12–20 Flag of Germany.svg Thorsten Hohmann Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Alex Pagulayan 17–10
2004 July 10–18 Taipei, Taiwan Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Alex Pagulayan Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chang Pei-wei 17–13
2005 July 2–10 Kaohsiung, Taiwan Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Wu Chia-ching Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Kuo Po-cheng 17–16
2006 November 4–12 Pasay, Philippines Flag of the Philippines.svg Ronato Alcano Flag of Germany.svg Ralf Souquet 17–11
2007 November 3–11 Quezon City, Philippines Flag of England.svg Daryl Peach Flag of the Philippines.svg Roberto Gomez 17–15
2008
Not held
2009
2010 June 29 – July 5 Doha, Qatar Flag of the Philippines.svg Francisco Bustamante Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Kuo Po-cheng 13–7
2011 June 25 – July 1 Flag of Japan.svg Yukio Akakariyama Flag of the Philippines.svg Ronato Alcano 13–11
2012 June 22–29 Flag of England.svg Darren Appleton Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li He-wen 13–12
2013 September 2–13 Flag of Germany.svg Thorsten Hohmann (2) Flag of the Philippines.svg Antonio Gabica 13–7
2014 June 16–27 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Niels Feijen Flag of Austria.svg Albin Ouschan 13–10
2015 September 7–18 Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Ko Pin-yi Flag of the United States.svg Shane Van Boening 13–11
2016 August 1–4 Flag of Austria.svg Albin Ouschan Flag of the United States.svg Shane Van Boening 13–6
2017 December 5–14 Flag of the Philippines.svg Carlo Biado Flag of the Philippines.svg Roland Garcia 13–5
2018 December 10–20 Flag of Germany.svg Joshua Filler Flag of the Philippines.svg Carlo Biado 13-10

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