18th June – 2017 Mosconi Cup
Filler breaks through in China to go top
JOSHUA FILLER, the 19-year-old from Germany, stunned the pool world as he took the China Open beating a string of world-class opponents in Shanghai. It was the youngster’s breakout victory and sends him soaring to the top of the Mosconi Cup Team Europe World ranking.
Filler collected a massive 80 points for his victory and there were nine other Europeans in the points including semi-finalist Thorsten Hohmann who bagged 53. With the previous four events counting for both European and World Rankings, the European ranking stays the same.
Taking place from Monday 4th to Thursday 7th December, the 2017 Mosconi Cup will take place at the prestigious Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.
Unlike previous years there will be only two rankings instead of three. The first will be the ‘European Ranking’ which includes the five European ‘A’ and five European ‘B’ events. The winner of this ranking will gain a spot on the Mosconi Cup side.
The second ranking will be the ‘World Ranking’ which will comprise all 12 events. The first and second placed players in this ranking will gain spots on the European Mosconi Cup team.
In the event that the winner of the European Ranking also comes first or second in the World Ranking, then the player filling the third position in the World Ranking will gain an automatic spot. The remaining two players will be wildcard picks.
The next ranking event is the UK Open from August 4/6 which counts towards both European and World Ranking.
2017 European Mosconi Cup Rankings – World List (After five events)
1 Joshua Filler (GER) 141
2 Ralf Souquet (GER) 129
3 Nick van den Berg (NED) 126
4 Albin Ouschan (AUT) 93
5 Francisco Sanchez Ruiz (ESP) 84
6 David Alcaide (ESP) 80
7 Niels Feijen (NED) 79
8 Mario He (AUT) 73
9 Ruslan Chinakhov (RUS) 69
10 Marco Teutscher (NED) 66
2017 European Mosconi Cup Rankings – European List (After four events)
1 Nick van den Berg (NED) 113
2 Ralf Souquet (GER) 102
3 David Alcaide (ESP) 80
4 Mario He (AUT) 73
5 Francisco Sanchez Ruiz (ESP) 71
6 Ruslan Chinakhov (RUS) 69
7 Niels Feijen (NED) 66
8 Joshua Filler (GER) 61
T9 Albin Ouschan (AUT) 53
T9 Denis Grabe (EST) 53
Points Cut Off
Events with a field upwards of 80 players – top 32
Events with fields between 64 and 79 players – top 24
Events with less than 64 entries – top 16.
2017 MOSCONI CUP is sponsored by Rasson Billiards who supplies the Official Table; the cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are Super Aramith by Saluc. Predator is the Official Cue of the event and Ultimate Team Gear provide all Mosconi Cup apparel.
Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport: email@example.com
Notes: MATCHROOM SPORT is one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and is responsible for over 1,000 hours of original programming across a range of sports. Based in the UK and chaired by charismatic founder Barry Hearn, they operate three pool events; the Mosconi Cup, the World Cup of Pool and the World Pool Masters. In addition, the company produce a multitude of events in darts, snooker, tenpin, golf, fishing, ping pong, poker and boxing.