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Nineball Pool: Carlo Biado and Niels Feijen build US Open momentum with tournament wins

Carlo Biado and Niels Feijen both enjoyed a weekend to remember, picking up World Nineball Tour Ranking Event victories in the United States and Serbia respectively.

Biado, the 2021 US Open Pool champion, made the perfect preparation for a return to the US Open by landing the Raxx Pool Room Open in a hill-hill thriller with Germany’s World Cup of Pool finalist Mortiz Neuhausen.

The Black Tiger was the cream of a strong 126-man field in West Hempstead, New York, having beaten the likes of European Open champion David Alcaide, former World Pool Master Alex Kazakis and 2022 US Open Pool Championship finalist Max Lechner en-route to the final.

Exciting 19-year-old prodigy Neuhausen had showcased his qualities throughout the event, having sent Biado to the loser’s bracket in a commanding 9-4 display earlier in the tournament.

Victories over Kazakis and former World Champion Fedor Gorst project the German’s ability to thrive at the top of the game for many years to come.

Elsewhere, Niels Feijen’s quest for a 15th appearance at the Mosconi Cup were enhanced after landing the $3,000 first prize in Loznica, Serbia.

The veteran Dutchman flexed his superiority on the Nineball Balkan Tour, remaining unbeaten throughout to defeat Serbian Luka Bulatovic 9-5 in the final.

Victory for Feijen strengthens his position inside the top 16 of the WNT Rankings, who will be targeting a deep run to the latter stages of the US Open, where two more players will secure their places in Team Europe and USA at the 30th Anniversary Mosconi Cup taking place at Alexandra Palace, London from December 6-9th 2023.

The competition couldn’t have been hotter in Central Europe, with all four quarter-finals matches going hill-hill, seeing World Cup of Pool stars Sanjin Pehlivanovic and Aleksa Pecelj eliminated by Faruk Terzic and Bulatovic respectively.

JS Junior Open champion 13-year-old Maks Benko continued a stellar year with a run to the semi-finals – losing out to eventual champion Feijen.

Next World Nineball Ranking Event

The inaugural Connecticut Open is next on the WNT, as players compete for vital Ranking Points ahead of the US Open Pool Championship. Taking place at US 1 Billiards & Bar in West Haven, Connecticut.

Next Matchroom Event 

The signature Matchroom multi-table and oldest major in the sport, the US Open Pool Championship takes place at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City, USA from September 25-30 where Francisco Sanchez Ruiz will look to defend his title.

The SVB Junior Open will return on September 28-29

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