U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships (Men's Championships)
October 24 - October 30, 2015
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside
The U.S. Open is the longest run and most prestigious 9-Ball event in the world. This year marks the 40th Annual U.S. Open, scheduled for October 24 - October 30, 2015 at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside in Norfolk, VA.
Started in 1976 and held at Q-Master Billiards in Norfolk VA, the first championship had 16 players. Now the U.S.Open is the longest running and most prestigious 9-ball event in the world with a field limited to 128 players from more than 20 countries.
Fans from across the globe attend and mark their calendars year after year to get their VIP seats.
The tournament format is double elimination (a player is out of the tournament after losing two matches) until two players remain.
A little trivia:
- It took 20 years for the tournament to see a repeat champion - Nick Varner was the first to win back to back in 1989 and 1990.
- 2014 marked the third victory in a row for Shane Van Boening of South Dakota
- The oldest pool player to have ever won the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships is Mike Lebron at 54 years old in 1988.
- The youngest pool player to have ever won the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships was Mike Sigel at 21 years old in 1976.