The field of 16 top snooker stars has now been confirmed for the Coral Players Championship in Preston, which runs from March 4 to 10.
Only the leading 16 players from the one-year ranking list have qualified for the £380,000 world ranking event at the iconic Guild Hall. The ITV-televised tournament is the second of three events in the 2019 Coral Snooker Series.
Top stars in action in Preston will include Coral World Grand Prix champion Judd Trump, five-time World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, world number one Mark Selby, World Champion Mark Williams, four-time Crucible king John Higgins, Mark Allen, Neil Robertson and many more.
The first round matches are below (seedings in brackets):
Mark Allen (1) v Stephen Maguire (16)
David Gilbert (8) v Stuart Bingham (9)
Ronnie O’Sullivan (5) v Barry Hawkins (12)
Mark Selby (4) v John Higgins (13)
Neil Robertson (3) v Joe Perry (14)
Mark Williams (6) v Ali Carter (11)
Kyren Wilson (7) v Jack Lisowski (10)
Judd Trump (2) v Jimmy Robertson (15)
The tournament starts at 7pm on Monday March 4, and concludes with the showpiece final on Sunday March 10.
A spokesman for World Snooker said: “It’s an incredibly strong field with the great names of modern snooker in the draw. And some of the first round matches would grace the final of any tournament, in fact Mark Selby and John Higgins met in the World Championship final two years ago!
“We are delighted to be heading back to the Preston Guild Hall, where major snooker tournaments have been staged since 1978. We know how much the fans in Lancashire love our sport, and the players know it is one of the best arenas on the circuit.
“This is an extremely prestigious event with an elite field. As well as battling for the title and top prize of £125,000, players are also competing to secure a place in the top eight on the one year ranking list and qualify for the third and final event in the Coral Snooker Series, the Coral Tour Championship in Llandudno (March 19-24).
“Judd Trump could be the man to beat having won the Coral World Grand Prix, if he can win the next two events he’ll complete the ‘Coral Slam’ and earn a massive £500,000. It is going to be a week of snooker of the highest quality in Preston, and we strongly urge fans to get tickets booked quickly because certain sessions will sell out.”
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