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Ronnie O’Sullivan will face Judd Trump in the stand-out first round tie at the tournament, which runs from February 7 to 13 at Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton.
Here’s the schedule:
Monday February 7
Neil Robertson v Kyren Wilson
Mark Williams v Gary Wilson
Tuesday February 8
Zhao Xintong v Barry Hawkins
Yan Bingtao v David Gilbert
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Judd Trump
Mark Allen v Ricky Walden
Wednesday February 9
John Higgins v Hossein Vafaei
Luca Brecel v Jimmy Robertson
(Allen / Walden v Williams / G Wilson)
Thursday February 10
(Zhao / Hawkins v Yan / Gilbert)
(O’Sullivan / Trump v N Robertson / K Wilson)
Friday February 11
(Higgins / Vafaei v Brecel / J Robertson)
Saturday February 12
Sunday February 13
Only the top 16 on the one-year ranking list are in the draw, so it’s an elite field of the best players of the season so far.
Zhao Xintong is the runaway rankings leader and number one seed, so he will face 16th seed Barry Hawkins in the first round. O’Sullivan is third on the list so will face 14th-placed Trump in a blockbuster clash.
Cazoo Masters champion Neil Robertson will be up against Kyren Wilson, while defending champion John Higgins will meet new BetVictor Shoot Out king Hossein Vafaei.
The tournament will be televised by ITV4 and a range of other broadcasters worldwide.
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