World Grand Prix draw announced as defending champion misses out

World Snooker has today announced the draw for next week’s World Grand Prix.

The tournament will star the top 32 performing players of the season so far and will be a ranking event meaning players taking part can increase their world ranking position with a good performance at Preston’s Guildhall..

Ronnie O’Sullivan is the top seed following his brilliant campaign which has seen him win three ranking titles so far and earn more than £425,000 in prize money. The Rocket will face Robert Milkins on the opening night of the competition which will be held starting from next Monday (February 19).

There’s also a place for Snooker Shoot Out winner Michael Georgiou who will play Luca Brecel – a man he beat en-route to his memorable victory at the Watford Coloessium.

Here’s the draw in full:

Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Robert Milkins

Martin Gould vs Yan Bingtao

Mark Allen vs Xiao Guodong 

John Higgins vs Ali Carter

Shaun Murphy vs Ricky Walden

Ryan Day vs Jack Lisowski

Stephen Maguire vs Li Hang

Luca Brecel vs Michael Georgiou

Judd Trump vs Michael White

Graeme Dott vs Joe Perry

Neil Robertson vs David Gilbert

Mark Selby vs Jimmy Robertson

Ding Junhui vs Mark King

Kyren Wilson vs Mark Joyce

Anthony McGill vs Cao Yupeng

Mark Williams vs Stuart Bingham

But there is no place for world number 8 Barry Hawkins who won last year’s World Grand Prix. The Englishman failed to reach the top 32 of the one year’s list and therefore does not qualify for the event.

Another big name to miss out is China’s Liang Wenbo who fell £4,000 short of the qualifying cut-off point.

First and second round matches will best-of-seven frames. The quarter-final matches will be a race to five frames while the semi-finals will be best-of-eleven. The final will be played as a best-of-19.




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