World Snooker Championship first round draw made as Ronnie O'Sullivan discovers opponent

July 29, 2020
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Ronnie O’Sullivan will face Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the first round of this year’s World Snooker Championship.

The tournament at the Crucible will finally get underway on Friday having originally been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event is being used as a test for crowds with a limited amount of spectators allowed to attend the famous Sheffield venue.

And fans will see some exciting snooker with O’Sullivan set to face the Thai sensation in the opening round.

The Rocket will be looking for his sixth world crown though has not lifted the title since 2013.

Defending Crucible champion Judd Trump is ranked No 1 for the tournament and will face Tom Ford in the first round while second seed Neil Robertson takes on Liang Wenbo.

Mark Williams will face veteran Alan McManus with Mark Allen and John Higgins, who will play Matthew Stevens in the first round, in the same quarter of the draw.

O’Sullivan could face Ding Junhui in the second round with the Chinese sensation meeting Mark King in the opening clashes.

2015 World Snooker Championship winner Stuart Bingham faces qualifier Ashley Carty while three-time winner Mark Selby will have to get past Jordan Brown in the first round.

World Snooker Championship 2020 first round draw

Judd Trump (1) vs Tom Ford

Elliot Slessor vs Yan Bingtao (16)

Stephen Maguire (9) vs Martin Gould

Anthony Hamilton vs Kyren Wilson (8)

John Higgins (5) vs Matthew Stevens

Kurt Maflin vs David Gilbert (12)

Jack Lisowski (13) vs Anthony McGill

This year’s World Snooker Championship will finally begin on July 31
This year’s World Snooker Championship will finally begin on July 31

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Jamie Clarke vs Mark Allen (4)

Mark Williams (3) vs Alan McManus

Ashley Carty vs Stuart Bingham (14)

Ding Junhui (11) vs Mark King

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh vs Ronnie O’Sullivan (6)

Mark Selby (7) vs Jordan Brown

Noppon Saengkham vs Shaun Murphy (10)

Barry Hawkins (15) vs Alexander Ursenbacher

Liang Wenbo vs Neil Robertson (7)

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