The draw for the 2023 World Grand Prix is now confirmed, following the conclusion of the BetVictor English Open. The top 32 players on the one-year ranking list qualify for the first event in the 2023 Players Series, to run from January 16 to 22 at the Centaur Arena at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Ronnie O’Sullivan will start the defence of his title with a tough test against Barry Hawkins – a repeat of the 2013 World Championship final. Other stand-out first round ties include Judd Trump against Hossein Vafaei, Shaun Murphy to face Ali Carter and Gloucestershire’s local favourites Jack Lisowski and Robert Milkins to go head to head.
The draw is:
Mark Allen (1) v David Gilbert (32)
Lyu Haotian (17) v Joe O’Connor (16)
Zhou Yuelong (9) v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (24)
Robert Milkins (25) v Jack Lisowski (8)
Noppon Saengkham (28) v Mark Selby (5)
Ronnie O’Sullivan (21) v Barry Hawkins (12)
Mark Williams (13) v Jamie Jones (20)
Ding Junhui (4) v Stuart Bingham (29)
Kyren Wilson (3) v Robbie Williams (30)
Shaun Murphy (14) v Ali Carter (19)
Sam Craigie (22) v Tom Ford (11)
Gary Wilson (6) v Anthony McGill (27)
Luca Brecel (7) v Joe Perry (26)
Hossein Vafaei (23) v Judd Trump (10)
Xiao Guodong (18) v Neil Robertson (15)
Ricky Walden (31) v Ryan Day (2)
The match schedule will be announced soon. Tickets for the tournament, starting at just £17, are on sale now and fans are urged to book fast now that the draw has been announced. For details CLICK HERE
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