Only the best for the 2011 Masters

16:57:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Mark Selby, the 2010 Masters champion
The best 16 players in the world will make up the field of snooker's most celebrated invitation event, The Masters, in January.
The tournament will feature the sport’s in-form players, as the new rolling ranking system gave the chance for all professionals to strive for a place in the top 16 ahead of the seeding cut-off point, which fell earlier this month.

A spokesman for World Snooker said: “The Masters is all about prestige, it’s an invitation event for the very best, and we’ve got all of the elite players in the line-up. To ensure that all the in-form players are there, if a player from outside the top 16 wins the UK Championship in December, we will award him a wild card entry into the tournament.

“It’s going to be a glorious eight days of snooker and the atmosphere at Wembley Arena is like no other venue. We’re urging all snooker fans, and those who want to find out what the sport is all about, to get their tickets booked for what is one of the most thrilling events on the sporting calendar.”

The tournament runs from January 9 to 16, 2011, at Wembley Arena, and as it stands the first round matches are:

Sunday, January 9
Mark Selby v Mark King
Ali Carter v Peter Ebdon

Monday, January 10
Mark Williams v Ding Junhui
John Higgins v Graeme Dott

Tuesday, January 11
Ronnie O'Sullivan v Mark Allen
Stephen Maguire v Marco Fu

Wednesday, January 12
Neil Robertson v Stephen Hendry
Shaun Murphy v Jamie Cope