The draw and format for the top 16 seeds at the Betfred World Championship is now available.
The tournament at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield runs from April 21 to May 7.
For the draw and format for the qualifying rounds, click here. On Thursday April 19 at 10am, the 16 qualifiers will be drawn at random against the 16 seeds.
Not sure I like the way this is panning out for Ronnie. He will play on the first day, afternoon session, then the next day, Sunday, in the morning. It is very unusual for the seed n°2 to play on the first and second days, they usually play towards the middle of the week. If he wins, he will have to wait until the next friday to play his next match. Maybe that’s not too bad, he will probably go home in between. But then, again if he wins, he has a two days gap, and his QF last two sessions are the two last sessions of that round, consecutive sessions. That’s definitely not great as the players don’t have much time to relax a bit and eat something. It’s always that way for the seed n°2, and it’s done to try to avoid an “empty” session in case some matches finish with a session to spare, but it’s not ideal for the players involved. Then again, if he wins, he will play two sessions of his semi final on the Saturday, with the last session in the evening – which was to be expected given that he’s seed n°2 – but it will start half an hour later than usual and that match often finishes quite late even without any additional delay. Last year it was Selby who was in that position – without the additional delay – and he was knackered on the first day of the Final. That said, it’s normal that the defending champion gets the “easiest” format of course.