Barry Hearn press conference

17:34:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

World Snooker's chairman, Barry Hearn has just finished his press conference, held at the Crucible theatre from Sheffield.

Bazza announced he'll be sharing some interesting news and so he did, although he admitted the "juicy" stuff will be make public on April 28th in a different press conference.

One of the greatest news is the fact that the Masters trophy will be renamed "The Paul Hunter Trophy" in memory of the player that won it three times in grand style. A nice touch and much-waited for, if I must say so myself.

Other important news regard the fact that the number of ranking events will be increased from 18 to a "minimum of 20" and the prize money will reach £10m for the next season.

Hearn also talked about Steve Davis' retirement and added that it was a true honour to manage him throughout his entire career.

A very important issue has been brought to attention: players struggling with depressing (see the latest statements of Michael White and the past ones from Mark Allen), Hearn talking about the important of "mental health" in snooker and the support via WPBSA.

Hearn also responded about O'Sullivan's latest reaction of refusing to talk to the press after his opening match in this year's World Championship and stated that the he got a warning, but that might change in the near future.

These were some of the most important matters that Barry Hearn approached, with the promise that more will follow on April 28th.