|Going back to Sheffield|
It's no secret that the World Open tournament has been confirmed to take place in China at the end of February, in Haikou. This is the third ranking event staged in China and the contract World Snooker signed is due to last for the next five years.
But first things first: we need to have some qualifiers. And so, the city that's in love with snooker (as I am), Sheffield is staging for the next four days the mighty battles of cues that will send 16 players straight to Haikou, on Hainan Island.
So, without any further ado, here's Day One match schedule:
David Morris v. Adam Wicheard
Sam Baird v. Luca Brecel
Sam Craigie v. Daniel Wells
Tian Pengfei v. Stuart Carrington
David Grace v. Aditya Mehta
Andrew Norman v. Paul Davison
Yu Delu v. Cao Yupeng
Andrew Pagett v. Dechawat Poomjaeng
Adam Duffy v. Lucky Vatnani*all hours are UK time
All matches will be played under the "best of 9 frames" rule.