Miscommunication Mars Opening Rounds of U.S. Open
U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships / Chesapeake, VA
by Inside POOL Staff
Several players have received incorrect information regarding the beginning of the 33rd Annual U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships, which has resulted in a last-minute scramble.
Former BCA Open champion Tony “The Silent Assassin” Robles says he contacted Q-Master Billiards twice and received information both times that the players’ meeting for the U.S. Open was to be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 19. Mike Lebron, former U.S. Open champion, also says he received the same information.
Robles didn’t arrive until late Saturday evening and found that he had missed the players’ meeting and the draw, but after explaining things to tournament director Ken Shuman, he was able to take the place of one of the byes and now plays CJ Wiley at 11 p.m. Wiley was not at all bothered by this, saying, “I don’t care—I just want to play!”
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However, the rounds are underway and have gone through three sessions already. Tony “T-Rex” Chohan matched up with Chris Bartram on the television table and bested him 11-7 in a quick match that saw some early 9 balls. Mike Dechaine fought tooth and nail against Tony “The Sniper” Crosby and sent him west 11-10. Ernesto Dominguez earned a quick win when Jason Hunt forfeited his first match, and Scott Huggins sent consummate road man Eric Durbin to the left side 11-5.
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