This morning saw the draw made for this year’s World Championship.
The draw, which took place at noon and was watched live by thousands of snooker fans from around the world, saw snooker’s elite stars drawn against the 16 winners from the qualifying stages.
Defending champion and world number one Mark Selby will begin his campaign with a match against Joe Perry.
And five-times world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has been drawn to play Stephen Maguire in arguably one of the most exciting ties of the first round.
All the action gets underway on Saturday morning with, as is tradition, Selby playing the opening game in front of a packed Crucible crowd.
Below is the draw in full and in seeds order.
Mark Selby vs Joe Perry
Mark Allen vs Liam Highfield
Kyren Wilson vs Matthew Stevens
Shaun Murphy vs Jamie Jones
John Higgins vs Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Stuart Bingham vs Jack Lisowski
Luca Brecel vs Ricky Walden
Judd Trump vs Chris Wakelin
Ding Junhui vs Xiao Guodong
Anthony McGil vs Ryan Day
Marco Fu vs Lyu Haotian
Barry Hawkins vs Stuart Carrington
Mark Williams vs Jimmy Robertson
Neil Robertson vs Robert Milkins
Ali Carter vs Graeme Dott
Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Stephen Maguire