The final teams have been confirmed for the 2019 World Cup of Pool with powerhouse nations such as Philippines, Germany and Holland all set to compete at the Morningside Arena, Leicester this June 25-30.
Tickets are on sale now at www.matchroompool.com for pool’s biggest doubles event with the draw to be announced shortly.
A further 15 teams have been added to the line-up with the final nation to be the winner of a European qualifying event, which will take place over the weekend of June 1-2 at IDM Club in Bucharest, Romania.
US Open and World Champion Joshua Filler will again compete alongside Ralf Souquet for Germany, with another Mosconi Cup legend in Niels Feijen being joined by Marc Bijsterbosch for Holland. Alex Pagulayan teams up with John Morra to represent Canada, and Ko brothers Pin-Yi and Ping-Chung will be aiming to win Chinese Taipei’s second World Cup title.
Other Asian nations will include Japan (Naoyuki Oi and Toru Kuribayashi), Hong Kong (Lo Ho Sum and Yip Kin Ling Leo), Singapore (Aloysuis Yapp and Sharik Aslam Sayed) and three-time World Cup winners Philippines (Carlo Biado and Jeff De Luna).
European representation is completed by France (Alex Montpellier and Fabio Rizzi), Russia (Fedor Gorst and Ruslan Chinakhov) and Poland (Konrad Juszczyszyn and Mateusz Sniegocki).
Elsewhere South American Champions Chile will be represented by Enrique Rojas and Alejandro Carvajal, while there will also be teams from Brazil and Saudi Arabia, with players to be confirmed shortly.
2019 World Cup of Pool Confirmed Teams:
Albania Eklent Kaci / Besar Spahiu
Australia Justin Sajich / Danny Stone
Austria Albin Ouschan / Mario He
Brazil TBC / TBC
Canada Alex Pagulayan / John Morra
Chile Enrique Rojas / Alejandro Carvajal
China Wu Jiaqing / Liu Haitao
Chinese Taipei Ko Pin-Yi / Ko Ping-Chung
Czech Republic Roman Hybler / Michal Gavenčiak
Estonia Denis Grabe / Mark Magi
Finland Petri Makkonen / Mika Immonen
France Alex Montpellier / Fabio Rizzi
Germany Joshua Filler / Ralf Souquet
Great Britain A Jayson Shaw / Chris Melling
Great Britain B Mark Gray / Imran Majid
Greece Alexander Kazakis / Nick Malaj
Holland Niels Feijen / Marc Bijsterbosch
Hong Kong Lo Ho Sum / Yip Kin Ling Leo
Italy Fabio Petroni / Daniele Corrieri
Japan Naoyuki Oi / Toru Kuribayashi
Malta Tony Drago / Clayton Castaldi
New Zealand Matt Edwards / Simon Singleton
Philippines Carlo Biado / Jeff De Luna
Poland Konrad Juszczyszyn / Mateusz Sniegocki
Russia Fedor Gorst / Ruslan Chinakhov
Saudi Arabia TBC / TBC
Singapore Aloysuis Yapp / Sharik Aslam Sayed
South Africa Richard Halliday / Jason Theron
Spain David Alcaide / Francisco Sanchez Ruiz
Sweden Marcus Chamat / Tomas Larsson
USA Shane van Boening / Skyler Woodward
Tickets for the 2019 World Cup of Pool are on sale now priced at £5 for weekday afternoons and £10 for weekday evenings and weekend sessions. A season ticket is available for £75 with premium ticket packages available for weekend days including food and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks.
The 2019 World Cup of Pool features 32 two-player teams battling for the $60,000 first prize from a total prize fund of $250,000. Matches are race to 7 in the first two rounds, race to 9 in the quarter and semi-finals and, for the first time, race to 11 in the final.
The 2019 World Cup of Pool is sponsored by the following partners: Iwan Simonis (Cloth), Saluc (Aramith Balls), Rasson (Table), Predator (cues), Kamui (chalk and tip).