THE FIRST round draw for the 2015 World Championship was announced earlier this morning.
World snooker chairman Barry Hearn and six-times World Championship winner Steve Davis did the draw in front of thousands of viewers on World Snooker’s official YouTube website.
Defending champion Mark Selby will begin the defence of his title on Saturday morning when he faces Kurt Maflin.
Yesterday 16 qualifiers secured their places in the first round with four debutants making the trip to snooker’s biggest event this year. The debutants include Craig Steadman, Stuart Carrington, Anthony McGill and recent China Open semi-finalist Maflin.
THE FIRST ROUND DRAW
Mark SELBY vs Kurt MAFLIN
Stephen MAGUIRE vs Anthony McGILL
Joe PERRY vs Zhang ANDA
Shaun MURPHY vs Robin HULL
Barry HAWKINS vs Matthew SELT
Mark ALLEN vs Ryan DAY
Ali CARTER vs Alan McMANUS
Neil ROBERTSON vs Jamie JONES
Ding JUNHUI vs Mark DAVIS
John HIGGINS vs Robert MILKINS
Marco FU vs Jimmy ROBERTSON
Judd TRUMP vs Stuart CARRINGTON
Ricky WALDEN vs Graeme DOTT
Stuart BINGHAM vs Robbie WILLIAMS
Mark WILLIAMS vs Matthew STEVENS
Ronnie O’SULLIVAN vs Craig STEADMAN