John Virgo ‘hopeful’ of BBC Masters return

Snooker commentator John Virgo says he is hoping to return to the BBC commentary box when the Masters takes place next week.

The commentator well known for his famous expression ‘Where’s The Cueball Going’ was not available for BBC’s coverage of both the World Championship and the UK Championship in 2020 due to self isolation and coronavirus reasons.

Wishing his followers a Happy New Year on Twitter, Virgo – who has been part of the BBC snooker team for decades – said he was hoping to be back from January 10 – when the Masters gets underway.

Unfortunately due to the serious numbers of coronavirus infections in parts of the UK, the Masters at London’s Alexandra Palace will be played behind closed doors.

Virgo tweeted: “Happy New Year snooker lovers, hoping to be at the Masters. Unlikely I will see any of you there unfortunately.

“A year out of our lives, hopefully it will be back to normal soon. Have a good one, all the very best JV.”

Virgo’s tweet attracted more than 600 likes from snooker fans.

One Twitter user replied: “Cant (sic) wait to hear your dulcet tones back on the airwaves JV. All the best!

And another said: “Really missed you this year JV.”

The Masters is one of snooker’s biggest tournaments and traditionally features the world’s top 16 players in the rankings. This year it takes place between January 10 and 17.

Ronnie O’Sullivan has won the tournament the most times – seven – and will begin his bid for an eight Masters title with a first round match against Ding Junhui.

Last year’s winner Stuart Bingham will face Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un Nooh.

Featured Image: By Monique Limbos


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