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Live Reporting

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  1. Who are the main contenders in Coventry?

    The IPA World Tour returns from a short break at the Doubletree Hilton in Coventry this weekend with the world’s best cueists looking to take the prestigious European Open, Professional and Amateur titles.

    So who will win? Comparing results from “undercard” events can be misleading because the pressure is far higher on the main tour.

    Liam Dunster still appears to be in decent form, as does World Champion Marc Farnsworth and the evergreen Ronan McCarthy, while Ben Davies and Neil Raybone continue to head the rankings and seem sure to be in the mix come finals time in Coventry.

    Local interest is provided by Jon McAllister, who still looks capable of winning another event of this calibre if he arrives with his A game, but the truth is that there are such strong fields in the Open and Pro ranks, choosing a winner is not easy.

    In the Ladies event, Emma Cunningham often looks unbeatable and is probably the likeliest winner, but Scotland’s Yvonne Ewing edged her out in a thrilling final in Bradford to prove that if you take your chances when they arrive, all things are possible in this game.

    Marc Farnsworth
    Image caption: World champion Marc Farnsworth
  2. Men's IPA World rankings

    1= Ben Davies (Wal)

    1=Paul Raybone (Eng)

    3 Craig Marsh (Wal)

    4 Clint I’Anson (Eng)

    5 Marc Farnsworth (GB)

    6 Simon Ward (Wal)

    7 Jordan Shepherd (Wal)

    8 Liam Dunster (Sco)

    9 Jon McAllister (Eng)

    10 Ronan McCarthy (GB)

  3. Women's IPA World rankings

    1 Emma Cunningham (NI)

    2 Vicki Lomax (Eng)

    3 Yvonne Ewing (Sco)

    4 Lauren Williams (Wal)

    5 Katie Kent-Taylor (Eng)

    6 Deb Burchell (Eng)

    7 Jenny Lawson (Sco)

    8 Ashley-Marie Bird (Eng)

    9 Amber Curran (Sco)

    10 Harri Shaw (Wal)

  4. What is the European Open?

    The European Open is the third of five events on the IPA Tour, with the Irish Open and English Open having taken place in February and March respectively. The International Open and British Open are set to take place across the rest of the year.

    The men's professional, men's open and women's titles will all be up for grabs in Coventry this weekend.

    In the pro ranks, the winner is the first to win eight frames and the open event is a first-to-seven format.

    The ladies event sees eight groups of four players in a round-robin format, with the group winners progressing through to the knockout stages. Each match is the best of 9 frames.

  5. BBC coverage

    All times are BST and subject to change.

    The BBC will bring you live coverage of the IPA World Tour 3 - European Open on the 4th August on the BBC Sport website and app, Connected TVs and on the BBC iPlayer.

    You can also catch-up with all the action again shortly after on the BBC iPlayer here.

    Sunday 4 August

    11:30-19:00, BBC Sport website and app, Connected TV and iPlayer

  6. How to get into Pool

    Get Inspired

    #GetInspired

    With tables regularly found in social spots across the UK, it is easy to enjoy a game of pool with friends.

    Bigger pockets (in eight ball), shorter cues, fewer balls - pool is certainly an easier sport for beginners to get stuck into than its technical cousins.

    However, cue ball control, massive amounts of spin and arm power are all needed to master the sport effectively.

    Blackball (without the bigger pockets) is the official competitive version in this country, run by the International Professional Pool Association.

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  7. Blackball pool: What do you need to know?

    Blackball is the official competitive version of pool played in the UK and is used on the IPA Tour.

    The recognised rules of Blackball are set by the WPA, pool's international governing body, and are designed to be creative and entertaining to watch.

    • Three-point rule: Points are awarded when breaking off - one point per ball that goes fully past an imaginary line between the middle pockets and/or one point per ball legally potted. Failure to reach the three-point minimum is a foul break.
    • 'Skill shot': It's okay to pot your own and your opponent's ball at the same time - this rewards attacking play by 'unblocking' pockets.
    • Fouls: The first shot after any foul is a free visit, but the player then continues with just one shot.
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