U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships

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Chesapeake Conference Center, site of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship from 1997 to 2011

The U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships is an annual professional men's nine-ball pool tournament that began in its current form in 1976, although previous versions of a "U.S. Open Nine-ball Tournament" had been held as early as 1970.[1] The U.S. Open is one of the most sought-after titles in nine-ball and in pool generally. Traditionally, winners of the U.S. Open are given a green blazer and are awarded free entry fees to all future U.S. Open tournaments.

The Women's U.S. Open is a separate event, sanctioned by the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA).

History[edit]

In its first edition in 1976, the U.S. Open was contested by just 16 players. Over the years, the number of participants steadily increased, reaching its current level of 256 players.[2]

The tournament is a male-only event, though it is otherwise a true "open" tournament, in that the only requirement is the payment of the entry fee, which was $1000 in 2015. The total purse for the tournament at that time was $200,000, where the winner was awarded $40,000.

Original U.S. Open promoter Barry Behrman (right) with Rob Sykora of Billiard Club Network (left) at the 2004 event.

The tournament's original venue was Q-Master Billiards pool hall, in Norfolk, Virginia, which hosted the event, other than one year, until 1988.[3] From 1997 to 2011, the U.S. Open Men's Division was held at the Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake, Virginia.[3] Q-Masters is still involved in the tournament.[4]

Original promoter Barry Behrman died on April 23, 2016. His children, Brady Behrman and Shannon Behrman Paschall, took over operating the tournament until 2018, when it was sold to Matchroom Sport, who moved it to Las Vegas.[5]

Women's tournament[edit]

Unlike the men's tournament, the U.S. Open is not a true "open" event. Each female player must qualify through the Women's Professional Billiard Association, the professional women's billiards tour based in the United States, in order to compete in this annual event.

Format[edit]

The tournament format is essentially double-elimination (a player is out of the tournament after losing two matches) until two players remain. Most professional pool "double-elimination" events, however, are not true double-elimination formats, where the player who reaches the finals from the loser's side has to defeat the winner's side player twice for the title. At the U.S. Open, matches are played in races to 11, with the winner breaking. However, the final match, as is customary with most professional nine-ball tournaments today, is one extended race. At the U.S. Open, the extended race in the finals is 13 games.

Past champions[edit]

Men[edit]

Year Winner
2019 Germany Joshua Filler
2018 Not played[6]
2017 Scotland Jayson Shaw
2016 United States Shane Van Boening (5)
2015 Chinese Taipei Cheng Yu-hsuan
2014 United States Shane Van Boening (4)
2013 United States Shane Van Boening (3)
2012 United States Shane Van Boening (2)
2011 England Darren Appleton (2)
2010 England Darren Appleton
2009 Finland Mika Immonen (2)
2008 Finland Mika Immonen
2007 United States Shane Van Boening
2006 United States John Schmidt
2005 CanadaPhilippines Alex Pagulayan
2004 United States Gabe Owen
2003 United States Jeremy Jones
2002 Germany Ralf Souquet
2001 United States Corey Deuel
2000 United States Earl Strickland (5)
1999 United States Johnny Archer
1998 United States Buddy Hall (2)
1997 United States Earl Strickland (4)
1996 United States Rodney Morris
1995 United States Reed Pierce
1994 Philippines Efren Reyes
1993 United States Earl Strickland (3)
1992 United States Tommy Kennedy
1991 United States Buddy Hall
1990 United States Nick Varner (2)
1989 United States Nick Varner
1988 Puerto Rico Mike Lebrón
1987 United States Earl Strickland (2)
1986 United States David Howard (2)
1985 United States Jimmy Reid
1984 United States Earl Strickland
1983 United States Mike Sigel (3)
1982 United States David Howard
1981 United States Allen Hopkins (2)
1980 United States Mike Sigel (2)
1979 United States Louie Roberts
1978 United States Steve Mizerak
1977 United States Allen Hopkins
1976 United States Mike Sigel

Records[edit]

  • Earl Strickland and Shane Van Boening, both of the U.S., share the record for winning the Men's U.S. Open the most times: five. Strickland in 1984, 1987, 1993, 1997, and 2000. Van Boening in 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016.[7]
  • Van Boening holds the record for the most consecutive wins: three. (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Van Boening is the winner of the largest first-place prize ever offered at the event, $50,000, in 2007. Van Boening remained undefeated in the field of 233 players, beating Ronato Alcano 13–10 in the final.[8]
  • The oldest pool player to ever win the men's tournament to date is Mike Lebrón of Puerto Rico, 54 years old at the time of his victory. The youngest are Mike Sigel of the U.S., and Joshua Filler of Germany, both aged 21.[9]

Women[edit]

Year Winner
2012 England Allison Fisher (6)[10][11]
2011 England Allison Fisher[10][11]
2010 South Korea Ga-young Kim (3)[12]
2009 South Korea Ga-young Kim[12]
2008 England Kelly Fisher[13]
2007 England Allison Fisher[10][11]
2006 England Allison Fisher[10][11]
2005 England Allison Fisher[10][11]
2004 South Korea Ga-young Kim[12]
2003 Northern Ireland Karen Corr[14]
2002 Sweden Helena Thornfeldt
1999 England Allison Fisher[10][11]
1994 United States Jeanette Lee[15]
1992 United States Robin Bell
1991 Sweden Ewa Laurance[16]
1990 United States JoAnn Mason
1989 United States Loree Jon Jones
1988 Sweden Ewa Laurance (2)[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ > U.S.Open 9-Ball Tournament > Arlington, Virginia | January 27 1970
  2. ^ Barry Behrman (July 7, 2011). "Statement From Barry Behrman and Shannon Berhman Paschall-Exclusive to AZB". AzBilliards.com. Retrieved 2011-07-15.
  3. ^ a b "History". USOpen9BallChampionships.com. Norfolk, VA: Q-Master Billiards. 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2010.
  4. ^ "Contact". USOpen9BallChampionships.com. op. cit. 2010. Retrieved June 14, 2010.
  5. ^ "History". USOpen9BallChampionships.com. Norfolk, VA: Q-Master Billiards. 2009. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  6. ^ http://www.matchroompool.com/usopenpool/#history
  7. ^ USOpen9BallChampionships.com Archived 2007-10-20 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 21 October 2007
  8. ^ "US Open Down to Final Four", BilliardsDigest.com, October 20, 2007. Retrieved October 21, 2007
  9. ^ "History of The U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships". U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships. Archived from the original on 2004-04-10. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  10. ^ a b c d e f "WPBA's Top 5". Billiards Digest. Chicago, Illinois: Luby Publishing. 30 (3): 55. February 2008. ISSN 0164-761X.
  11. ^ a b c d e f Cuetec Cues US Open Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine, WPBA.com. Retrieved 21 October 2007.
  12. ^ a b c "Player biographies (Ga Young Kim)". WPBA.com. Archived from the original on January 24, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  13. ^ "Player biographies (Kelly Fisher)". WPBA.com. Archived from the original on June 9, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  14. ^ "Player biographies (Karen Corr)". WPBA.com. Archived from the original on October 9, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  15. ^ "Player biographies (Jeanette Lee)". WPBA.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  16. ^ a b "Player biographies (Ewa Laurance)". WPBA.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved 2009-09-06.

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