The English Open is underway in the Metrodome, in Barnsley and here are some images of the setup, shared on twitter
The build-up for this tournament has been a lot more “animated” than anything we had earlier this season, with a number of mini promotional videos, most featuring Ronnie, shared on social media by Eurosport UK and Quest.
They have also invited a new pundit in the studio … no less than the World Champion
2017 English Open: Mark Selby story reveals Ronnie O’Sullivan confidence ahead of the English Open
This is his reaction, on twitter
At the table, there weren’t many surprises, although there were a few very close matches. The likes of John Higgins, Judd Trump, Kyren Wilson, and Anthony McGill were all taken to a deciding frame. To me, there was only one really unexpected result: Aditya Mehta beating Sam Craigie by 4-0. “Adi” is, of course, a very good player but his form has been very poor in recent months, after a long period out of the game with injuries and while it’s nice to see him coming back, the scoreline is certainly not one I expected given Sam Craigie recent form.
Ronnie’s first-round opponent is now known, it’s Zhang Anda.