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Welsh Open trophy to be named after Ray Reardon

The Welsh Open trophy has been named in honour of six-time world champion Ray Reardon.

The tournament has been incorporated into the new Home Nations Series alongside the English, Scottish and Northern Irish Opens. The English and Northern Irish trophies have been named after Steve Davis and Alex Higgins respectively.

Reardon, who won the world title in 1970, four in succession from 1973 and another in 1978, now joins that list and said: "It's quite something to have the Welsh Open trophy named after me.

"I'm ecstatic about it. It's a real honour."

The tournament takes place in Cardiff from February 13-19. It was won last season by Ronnie O'Sullivan, with whom Reardon has previously worked in a coaching capacity.

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