Mosconi Cup XX set to be ‘best one yet’

Barry Hearn with the Mosconi Cup 2012 winners, Team Europe

FOLLOWING ON from the huge success of the Mosconi Cup in London last month, Matchroom Sport can announce that both the American and European sides for the 2013 event, which takes place in Las Vegas in December, will comprise entirely of wildcard picks.

Europe won their third Mosconi Cup in succession in December but not before the game American side had given them plenty of scares in the 11-9 victory at the York Hall. The defeat though meant America have now won pool’s most prestigious trophy just once in the past seven years.

This December will see the landmark 20th edition of the Europe v USA challenge and the overall score stands at 11-7 to America with one match tied. 2013 also marks 100 years since the birth of cue sports legend Willie Mosconi and 20 years since the great man’s death.

Commented Matchroom Sport Chairman and Mosconi Cup founder Barry Hearn, “When I first promoted the Mosconi Cup back in December 1994 it was an instant hit, and it has been very satisfying to have seen it grow into the biggest tournament on the pool calendar.

“Last December at the York Hall saw one of the closest Mosconi Cups of recent times and we were rewarded with fantastic viewing figures on Sky Sports as well as blanket live coverage on ESPN3 in the USA.

“2013 will see a very special event in many ways as it is its 20th year and we plan to make Mosconi Cup XX the biggest and best one yet.

“We will be pulling out the stops to bring the biggest names in pool from both sides of the Atlantic together for a humdinger of a match and I hope that the competition has helped cement Willie Mosconi’s legacy and kept his name alive to new generations of pool fans.”

Exact venue details as well as the dates of the 20th annual Mosconi Cup will be announced in the coming weeks.