The UK Snooker Championship has enjoyed an explosive start with shock results, big performances and two high-profile exits in the first round.
Experienced pro Shaun Murphy was defeated by amateur player, 19-year-old Si Jiahui. The former UK champion fell behind 5-1, clawed it back to 5-5, then was defeated by the Chinese youngster in the biggest upset of the tournament so far.
Murphy blasted the inclusion of amateur players in the tournament, telling BBC Radio 5 Live: “I feel extremely hard done by that I have lost to someone who shouldn’t even be in the building.
- UK Snooker Championship 2021 schedule – daily order of play
“I don’t know why we as a sport allow amateurs to compete in professional tournaments. This is our livelihood. This is our living. We are self-employed individuals and not contracted sportsmen.
“I am not picking on him as a young man, he deserved his victory. Amateurs should not be allowed in professional tournaments, the end.”
Reigning champion Neil Robertson backed up his claims only to be knocked out the competition by amateur John Astley just days later.
RadioTimes.com brings you everything you need to know to enjoy watching the tournament, including times and schedule.
How to watch the UK Snooker Championship 2021 on TV and live stream
Coverage of the UK Snooker Championship is readily available across Eurosport platforms, with some BBC coverage coming soon.
Many Sky Sports customers will already have Eurosport included in their package.
Non-Sky Sports customers can sign up from just £4.99 per month or £39.99 for a full year.
You can subscribe to Eurosport Player independently or add it to your Amazon Prime subscription. You can even sign up for free trials for both Eurosport and Amazon Prime so you can enjoy their coverage for a week without paying.
From the second round onwards (November 27th), matches will also be shown live across BBC platforms including BBC Two, iPlayer and the Red Button.
UK Snooker Championship 2021 schedule
First round: Tuesday 23rd – Friday 26th Nov
Second round: Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th Nov
Third round: Monday 29th – Tuesday 30th Nov
Last 16: Wednesday 1st – Thursday 2nd Dec
Quarter-finals: Friday 3rd Dec
Semi-finals: Saturday 4th Dec
Final: Sunday 5th Dec
When is the UK Snooker Championship 2021?
The UK Snooker Championship 2021 started on Tuesday 23rd November 2021.
The competition will run for nearly two weeks, culminating in the final on Sunday 5th December 2021.
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UK Snooker Championship 2021 prize money
There’s a hefty prize money pot on offer for the UK Snooker Championship. Here’s the full low-down, including bonuses for hitting the highest break:
- Winner: £200,000
- Runner-up: £80,000
- Semi-finals: £40,000
- Quarter-finals: £24,500
- Last 16: £17,000
- Last 32: £12,000
- Last 64: £6,500
- Highest break: £15,000
- TOTAL: £1,009,000
Who won the UK Snooker Championship in 2020?
Neil Robertson triumphed in 2020 after defeating World No.1 Judd Trump in a tense, show-stopping final.
The Australian took the deciding frame to win 10-9 against his esteemed opponent after Trump spurned a glorious chance to claim the title.
In the final frame, Trump failed to complete an easy pink, with just the pink and black left to win the title. His miss opened the door for Robertson to snatch the victory.