The Romanian Masters starts on Wednesday with the inaugural invitational event in Bucharest. In total, 16 players will be taking part in this opening event, and it primarily involves the top ranking players from the world. However, some crucial absentees from the event would include Ding Junhui and Ronnie O’Sullivan. This absence opens up the possibility for our players to enjoy a time in the limelight.
Sadly, the Romanian Masters will not be providing any addition to the ranking points. Instead, the winner of the title will be able to go home with a decent € 50,000 prize money on Sunday. There has been slight discontent amongst the lower ranked players about the lack of top names on a consistent basis. A bigger lineup will certainly help the event, but this current smaller lineup is largely seen as a way to fill the already inflated bank balances.
However, the argument in favour of the top-ranked players is that they have been quite consistent in recent periods. Despite the complaints, there is every possibility of the remaining players to do extremely well in this tournament. If the upcoming tournament ends up being successful, there is a significant possibility of a bigger tournament being launched in the future. Romania is not alien when it comes to the circuit and it was previously part of the 2016 European Masters.
Judd Trump was able to win the 2016 edition of the tournament by overcoming O’Sullivan. However, he has not been the best of form coming into this event. As a result, the 28-year-old is very keen on getting a positive result at the Romanian Masters – especially given that the World Championship will be in Sheffield for around a couple of weeks. The former champion will be up against Luca Brecel in the last 16 draw.