Thursday 21 April

Top of the Hill – The Machine Leads Provisional Rankings

Following his second Ultimate Pool Pro Series title victory in as many months, Michael Hill has moved to the top of the provisional 2023 professional rankings.

A total of six professional events have already been completed this season, along with the ongoing Champions League which runs on Monday nights.

Event 1 and 4 winner Hill heads the leaderboard with 15,250 points.

Jordan Shepherd sits second on 12,000; the Pro Cup winner nearly won his second trophy of the campaign when he reached the final of last weekend’s Event 3.

Chris Melling (11,000) – the previous provisional number one – is now third, whilst Event 3 winner Jack Whelan (9,500) shoots up to fourth.

Pro Grand Slam champion Stevie Dempsey (9,000) completes the top five in fifth.

Even more so this year with the professional ranks set to expand to 80 players for 2023, the race to finish inside the elite top 16 rankings is very important. Those that do end up in the top 16 will automatically go through to the last 32 of all Pro Series events next season – avoiding the preliminary rounds.

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Challenger and Women’s Series'

With four of this season’s eight Challenger Series events now completed, last weekend’s Event 4 winner Callum Singleton leads the way on 8,125 points.

This season’s other event winners make up the top four with Josh Corkett (7,325) in second, Neil Brittain (6,650) in third and Cameron Tolley (6,125) in fourth.

Connor Jones enjoyed a very impressive weekend in Birmingham, reaching a semi-final and a final. He is placed fifth on 5,550.

The top 16 ranked players at the end of the year will all earn promotion to the 2023 professional ranks.

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The inaugural Women’s Series has also reached its halfway stage and we look set for an exciting conclusion to the campaign with Event 2 winner Amy Beauchamp and Event 1 winner Harriet Haynes tied on 7,500 points each, although Beauchamp takes top spot as it stands due to countback.

Main event finalists Sandy King (4,500) and Alexandra Cunha (3,500) are third and fourth respectively.

The top ranked player at the end of the season (other than Emma Cunningham) will also join the top tier in 2023.