The German Masters is a professional ranking snooker tournament, created in 1995.
The event was launched under the name of the German Open and was held as a ranking tournament from 1995 to 1997 before changing it’s name to the German Masters also switching format to a non-ranking event.
However this change of format was discontinued after one year, along with the whole German Master tournament in 1998.
13 years later in 2011 the event was reinstated in the snooker calendar and was turned into a ranking tournament, however the previous name, the German Masters was not altered.
The competition is currently held at the Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany between the 2nd and 6th February.
The German Masters is a 32 player tournament with the top 16 World Ranking players and 16 players who make it through the German Masters qualifiers. The prize for this event is thought to be around 300,000 Euros.
During the early years of the German Masters the event attracted high profile snooker players, such as John Higgins, Ken Doherty, John Parrott and John Higgins.
In 2011 after the event had been discontinued, the tournament was held as a ranking tournament due to the increasing fan base for professional snooker in Germany, bringing back the top ranked players in the world, Mark Williams, Stephen Maguire, Mark Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Through out the History of the German Masters only four different players have won the competition. Four time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and former Word Number One of three years John Higgins winning two German Masters tournaments each.
Previous German Masters Winners
German Open (ranking)
- 1995 – John Higgins
- 1996 – Ronnie O’Sullivan
- 1997 – John Higgins
German Masters (non ranking)
- 1998 – John Parrott
German Masters (ranking)
- 2011 – Mark Williams
- 2012 – Ronnie O’Sullivan
- 2013 – Ali Carter
Ali Carter took the German Masters crown from Ronnie O’Sullivan by beating Marco Fu in the final. Ali scored the biggest win since the tournament reclaimed its ranking event status, beating Fu by 9 frames to 6.
Carter, twice a losing World Championship finalist, took home the £55,000 first prize cheque but more importantly success marked a triumphant end an agonising two and a half years.