Since 2018 the WSF has played a key role in providing direct access to the World Snooker Tour through the staging of major international competitions.
Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic during the 2020/21 season, the WSF has reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the planned 2021 WSF Open and WSF Junior Open tournaments until 2022.
The tournaments were originally scheduled to be held in Adelaide, South Australia and both the WSF and the Australian Billiards and Snooker Council remain committed to hosting the event as soon as it is practical to do so for all involved.
The inaugural WSF Championships staged in March 2018 were headlined by an all-new mixed gender competition won by China’s Luo Honghao, who alongside runner-up Adam Stefanow from Poland subsequently turned professional for the first time.
Alongside this tournament, the event was also staged alongside the World Women’s Snooker Championship, won for the third time by Ng On Yee, while the first WSF Seniors Championship saw Brazil’s Igor Figueiredo defeat Darren Morgan to emerge victorious.
In 2020, the WSF returned to Malta with the WSF Open and the new WSF Junior Open competition. For the first time these tournaments were staged as entirely open events, with players of any gender or nationality welcomed to compete.
The junior competition was contested by China’s Gao Yang and England’s Sean Maddocks, with the former running out a 5-2 winner to claim the title and a two-year professional tour card. The open age competition saw Ashley Hugill reclaim his place on the World Snooker Tour with a 5-3 victory against Ukraine’s Iulian Boiko.
All four finalists would ultimately earn professional status as a result of their performances, while several other players would be rewarded for their achievements by qualification for prestigious professional events including the World Championship.