If Martin Luther King said "I have a dream", the snooker players can very easily state that "We have a German dream", for each and every one of them felt the warmth and support received during last year's edition of the German Masters from the packed audience. Such a thrill to play for a crowd like that.
Although the competition itself is not a new one, it was only last year when it was properly introduced into the eye's of the public and transformed into a genuine ranking event. After last year's edition the conclusion was a simple one: Germans love snooker and snooker loves Germany. So we are going back this year.
But the 2011 edition was a special one also because Mark Williams won the title. The Welshman has a pretty close history with Germany, here happening to win one of his first abroad titles.
|Mark Williams is defending champion|
Surely he'll try to defend his crown and to win himself a nice trophy after such a "silent" times spent away from the winning line. It's not going to be easy, by any means, with such a great line-up of tough players, but if someone can do well under pressure is Williams.
This year's German Masters is starting with no less then eight wildcards matches, closely followed by the first matches from the Last 32 round. So it's going to be a busy day.
EuroSport's commentators are on duty this week, so we are going to have the pleasure of hearing Dave Hendon and Joe Johnson again, but also Mike Hallett and Mike Smith.
So, let's cut the talking (aka. reading in this case) and see tomorrow's match schedule, shall we?
9am (Wildcard round)
Ken Doherty v. Patrick Einsle
Adrian Gunnell v. Peter Bullen
Yu Delu v. Chris Norbury
Mike Dunn v. Craig Steadman
Liu Song v. Soner Sari
Shaun Murphy v. Barry Hawkins
Stephen Maguire v. Ryan Day
James Wattana v. Mario Wehrmann (wildcard match - Wehrmann withdrew so Wattana gets a bye to play Graeme Dott in the Last 32).
Paul Davison v. Krzysztof Wrobel (wildcard match)
Tom Ford v. Philip Arnold (wildcard match)
Mark Williams v. Doherty/Einsle
John Higgins v. Mark Davis
Stuart Bingham v. Peter Ebdon
Stephen Lee v. Gunnell/Bullen
Martin Gould v. Ricky Walden*all hours are UK time
TV coverage for the UK:
09:00 - 12:00 British EuroSport
13:00 - 16:00 British EuroSport
All matches including the quarter-finals are played under the "best of nine" rule and they can be watched also online at: www.sportlemon.tv