4 Snooker Players to Watch in 2020
Snooker has been graced with some incredible players down the years - with Stephen Hendry, Alex Higgins, Steve Davis, and Ronnie O'Sullivan just four of the sport's great names.
But times change, life moves on, and new champions come in to replace the old.
We've picked four snooker players who could each be set to have a very special 2020 - we're expecting at least one future world champion from the bunch.
Just like a new gambler who decides to master the basic strategy for blackjack, it took Chinese prodigy Yan Bingtao no time to get to grips with his game of choice - aged 17, he became the youngest-ever Ranking event finalist at the 2017 edition of the Northern Ireland Open.
But that's not all - Bingtao had already reached the final of the 2011 Zibo City championship when he was just 11.
Bingtao has already amassed £379,925 in career winnings, won the Riga Masters, reached semi-finals of both the UK Championship and the International Championship, and been ranked number 15 in the world.
His star is very much in the ascendency and 2020 could be the year he explodes.
Named as one of the most promising players for the best part of half-a-decade, Zhao Xintong is another Chinese snooker hopeful.
Zhao Xintong was barely 15 when he announced his talent to the snooker world. He did so by beating Xiao Guodong and Yu Delu on his way to the second round of the Zhangjiagang Open.
So far, Xintong has earned £197,287 in career winnings, made it to the semi-finals of the China Championship, reached the quarter-final of the Welsh Open, and had a career-high ranking of 41.
While he'd be a very leftfield choice to win the 2020 World Snooker Championship, he wouldn't be the lowest-ranked player to win it - Shaun Murphy was ranked 48 when he won the title in 2005.
He's the youngest player on this list - his 18th birthday is more than three months after the close of the 2020 World Snooker Championship - but Chang Bingyu is progressing extremely quickly.
Bingyu was a wildcard at the 2018 China Championships when he was only 16. Despite his youth, Bingyu beat the former world number 12, Robert Milkins, to reach the last 32.
It&39; very early days in Bingyu's career (2019-20 is his debut season on the pro tour), but he’s already earned £24,000 from his snooker skills and peaked at 91 in the world.
We aren't predicting big wins in 2020 for Bingyu, but you should certainly watch out for him. Why? Because you'll witness a future champion.
James Cahill may be the oldest and the lowest-ranked player (102 as of December 2019) on our list, but there's been a huge buzz about him since defeating Ronnie O'Sullivan in April 2019.
Cahill played amateur snooker until 2013, when he had a record-breaking performance at the EBSA European Under-21 Snooker Championships.
Entering as the 14th seed, Cahill ended as the winner and scored the only final whitewash in the championship's history - he beat Ashley Carty 6-0.
Cahill has won just ?90,357 in his six years as a pro and failed to go deep in any of the major tournaments. However, his defeat of O'Sullivan gives him the right to believe that he can have a breakout year in 2020.
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We've picked four snooker players at different stages of their career and whose promise is of different shades of green.
And while not all of them may have a transformative 2020, you should watch out for each of these players. Why? Because each one has it in them to have a very special year.