Author: Grieta


Story and Photo by Ted Lerner (Doha, Qatar)–Day time temperatures reach over 110 degrees Fahrenheit, (44 celcius) here in Doha, Qatar but with a bevy of the world’s best pool players on hand to contest the sport’s most prestigious title, the action this week inside the glittering Al Sadd Sports club promises to make the searing outside air seem downright chilly. 128 of the finest pool talents from 44 countries have arrived and settled in here in one of the Middle East’s most progressive countries, all ready for what are sure to be brutally intense and highly dramatic battles...

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Pool fans around the world now have another great resource to keep up to date with all the happenings from the World 9-ball Championship which begins June 21st in Doha, Qatar. The World Pool Association is now on Twitter. Our Twitter user name is @poolwpa. You can go directly to our Twitter page at, The WPA will be providing complete online coverage from the World 9-Ball Championships. The event begins June 21st with a three day qualifier which will offer 12 open spots. The tournament  proper begins June 25th and runs through July 1. 128 of the world’s...

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STORY BY TED LERNER (COURTESY OF BILLIARDS DIGEST) THE DAY after Francisco Bustamante won the World 9-ball Championship in Doha, Qatar, in June, he received a text message on his cell phone from none other than the President of the Philippines, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. The president, himself an avid pool player from Bustamante’s hometown, had just been sworn in to a six-year term in office. Despite a hectic schedule and many pressing problems besetting the nation of 90 million people, the new president took a few moments to send the newly crowned world champion a message. “This is...

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The center of the pool universe moves to one of the most vibrant places in the Middle East next week, as the World Pool Association’s World 9-ball Championship gets set to kick off in Doha, Qatar, June 21–July 1. 128 of the finest pool talents from 44 countries will gather at Doha’s Al Sadd Sports Club to contest what is widely considered as one of the most prestigious titles in the sport.  The prize fund is $250,000 with $36,000 going to the winner. The Philippines Francisco “Django” Bustamante will be back to defend his crown, which he won last...

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CHRIS MELLING, the latest in a long-line of English 9 ball talent, blasted his way to the top of the 2011 Mosconi Cup European Rankings, following a string of world-class performances to win the China Open in Shanghai last week. Melling now finds himself a whopping 22 points ahead of his nearest rival Nick Van den Berg, with a 35 point safety net between himself and fourth spot. With the top three players on the list at the conclusion of the 13 event series guaranteed a Mosconi berth, Melling looks a prime candidate for Las Vegas. “The Mosconi...

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Story and Photos by Ted Lerner (Shanghai, China)–Give Chris Melling an inch, and he takes a mile. That’s just how Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Kai Lun must feel right now, as the burly Englishman put on one of the most powerful displays of 9-ball pool seen in the professional game in some time, capturing the China Open in an all out rout, 11-3. Melling won $40,000 and, in the process, declared loud and clear that he will be a force to be reckoned with among an already strong heap of English and European  pool players for the foreseeable future. “That’s...

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