The annual German Open pro-am is being renamed The Paul Hunter Classic in memory of the former Masters champion, who died of cancer last October.

Hunter, who passed away five days before his 28th birthday, competed in the event in 2005 despite his ilness and was a popular player in Germany.

A press release from the tournament organisers said:

"We acknowledge the important role Paul Hunter played in establishing the biggest and most prestigeous snooker event in the German speaking countries.

"Between Christmas and New Year Thomas Cesal, organiser of the event from the SSC Fürth, was in touch with Lindsey Hunter to get her approval of re-naming the event after Paul. She not only agreed but also underlined that the new official name is an honour to Paul.

"She also remebered that Paul Hunter always enjoyed this event and the unique atmosphere.

"The 2007 Paul Hunter Classic will take place from August 23rd until August 26th in the city hall of Fürth. Because the city of Fürth is celebrating its 1.000th anniversary the event is running over four days for the first time.

"Among the lineup in Fürth also will be top professionals like Ronnie O’Sullivan, Matthew Stevens, Neil Robertson, Barry Hawkins and others from the pro ranks."


Anonymous said...


Does this mean there may be a possible return to the world ranking calendar of the Paul Hunter Classic - formerly the German Open?

Thanks, Joe

Dave H said...

Doesn't look likely in the short term, which is hard to fathom