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A mixed doubles snooker event will take place in Milton Keynes in September

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Men’s World Champions Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Selby will take part in the inaugural BetVictor World Mixed Doubles (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Archive)

The World Snooker Tour has announced a new addition to its schedule with the introduction of a mixed doubles event.

The first BetVictor World Mixed Doubles tournament will take place in September.

Snooker is hoping to “show its inclusivity” in Milton Keynes, where the world’s top four men will each be paired by the top four women in a new event which will be shown live by ITV.

WST Chairman Steve Dawson said: “This is the first time a mixed doubles snooker event will be broadcast live on free-to-air television, so this is a very important moment for our sport.

“We are delighted to partner with ITV and BetVictor for this fantastic tournament.

“Snooker is a game for everyone, regardless of age, gender and nationality, and we have proven this with the expansion of our tour and the sport locally.

“There’s no reason the men and women can’t compete together and we’re delighted to have – for the first time – four women on our professional tour in the coming season.”

Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson will each be paired with Reanne Evans, Ng On Yee, Nutcharut Wongharuthai and Rebecca Kenna.

The team draw will take place in advance, with one man drawn to play alongside each woman and four pairs will compete in a round-robin format, followed by the final, on the weekend. -end from September 24 to 25.

Each round robin match will feature four frames, with all frames to be completed and teams will score a point for each frame, the WST said.

The two players from each team will make alternate visits to the table rather than alternate shots and the top two teams from the group stage will advance to the best-of-seven frame final.

Dawson added: “The BetVictor World Mixed Doubles will be an opportunity for all eight players to compete in pairs, creating a different dynamic to the usual individual formats.

“It will be fascinating to watch for both live audiences and viewers.”

It will be the first televised mixed doubles snooker event since 1991, when Steve Davis and Allison Fisher teamed up to win the title in Hamburg.