European Tour 4: Players to Watch in Paul Hunter Snooker Classic

Joe StrangeContributor IAugust 24, 2013

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 06:  Ronnie O'Sullivan of England in action against Barry Hawkins of England during the final of the Betfair World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre on May 6, 2013 in Sheffield, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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Saturday sees the second day of the Paul Hunter Classic take place in Furth, Germany.

The tournament has been a part of the Players Tour Championship since 2004, when Paul Hunter beat close friend Matt Stevens 4-2 to lift the inaugural title.

The competition, which was formerly known as the Grand Prix Furth, was renamed after the tragic death of 27-year-old Hunter in 2006.

Despite being a minor ranking tournament, this year's event has attracted many of the world's best players and it promises to showcase some top-class snooker.

Here's a look at three of the players worth watching over the next two days.

All rankings courtesy of


What: Paul Hunter Classic

Where: Furth, Germany

When: August 23-25

Watch: British Eurosport 2, 11 p.m. BST, Saturday August 24 


Ronnie O'Sullivan

Current world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has endured a difficult start to the 2013/14 season.

After pulling out of the opening ranking event of the new season, the Wuxi Classic, for personal reasons, he made his first appearance outside of the UK for 15 months at the Bulgarian Open in June.

After defeat to John Higgins in the semi-finals and a surprise loss to Peter Lines in the last 32 at the Bluebell Wood Open earlier this month, O'Sullivan is looking to regain some form in Germany.

Still the most gifted player on the tour when at his best, The Rocket is more than capable of lifting the trophy this weekend.


Steve Davis

Veteran Steve Davis is no longer the force he was but the Englishman still shows glimpses of the ability which won him six World Championships back in the 1980s.

The 56-year-old is yet to taste success this season but dispatched world No.37 Jamie Cope 4-3 in the opening round in Germany.

Now ranked 52nd, Davis will be hoping he can roll back the years and hit some form ahead of the prestigious Shanghai Masters next month.


Aditya Mehta

Although he's currently ranked No. 73 in the world, Aditya Mehta is a man with newfound confidence and self-belief.

The Indian star discovered some of his best form at last month's World Games in Colombia, winning a gold medal after defeating then world No. 35 Liang Wenbo of China.

The 27-year-old is yet to win a ranking event but has started his bid for glory superbly in Furth, beating Tony Drago of Malta by four frames to nil in round one.

He might not go all the way and win it but Mehta has the quality to cause an upset or two this weekend.