Don’t panic, those two have not be drawn against each other in the last 128!
Here are the draw and format as published by Worldsnooker today
The draw and format for the 2017 English Open in Barnsley is now available.
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Tickets are still available for the English Open and the current ‘Barmy Barnsley’ special offer has all-day tickets available for just £5 for the first four days (October 16-19) – the best value for money in the world of sport! This offer will finish soon so book now! For all details and to book seats CLICK HERE
All of snooker’s top stars are set to compete in the world ranking event. Matches to look out for in the first round include:
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Ian Burns or Zhang Anda (Tuesday not before 7pm*)
Judd Trump v Robbie Williams (Monday 1pm)
Mark Selby v Scott Donaldson (Tuesday 1pm)
Shaun Murphy v Soheil Vahedi (Monday not before 8pm)
Neil Robertson v Billy Joe Castle (Tuesday not before 8pm)
John Higgins v Elliot Slessor (Monday not before 7pm)
Mark Allen v Jimmy White (Monday afternoon)
Liang Wenbo v Duane Jones (Monday afternoon)
Ding Junhui v Chris Keogan (Tuesday afternoon)
Luca Brecel v Ryan Day (Tuesday 1pm)
The Eurosport-televised event will see players competing for a top prize of £70,000 and the Steve Davis Trophy. And the winner will go into the second Home Nations event of the season with a chance to land a £1 million bonus if he can win further titles in Belfast, Glasgow and Cardiff.
With all 128 players in action over the first two days (Monday October 16 and Tuesday October 17) and with seven tables in the arena, it’s a fantastic chance for fans to see many of their heroes in action for the price of a single ticket.
* Please note that we previously advertised Ronnie O’Sullivan’s first match as 7pm on Monday evening and John Higgins as 7pm on Tuesday evening, and these two matches have now been swapped. This is because one of the preliminary ties (Ian Burns v Zhang Anda) was drawn to play O’Sullivan in round one, so the preliminary match will be played on Monday and the round one match will be played on Tuesday. Where possible, we avoid scheduling any player to play two matches on the same day, unless it is the same for both players.
In other news Rolf Kalb said on twitter that the Shanghai Master will not be shown on the Eurosport player at all, neither the qualifiers, nor the main event. That’s a big, big shame. There will probably be a streaming in China (I only guess), but we know how unreliable this is through their firewall, and we have to hope it’s not regionaly restricted as was the Hong Kong Masters