The field of 32 players for next week’s Coral World Grand Prix at Cheltenham Racecourse has now been confirmed.
The final qualifying event is this week’s BetVictor German Masters, and at the start of the tournament in Berlin there were 19 players outside the top 32 of the one-year ranking list who could have earned a place in Cheltenham with a deep run.
However all 19 were knocked out by the semi-final stage, which meant Li Hang held on to 32nd place.
The players heading to Cheltenham are (the seeing order could change depending on results over the final weekend in Berlin):
The full draw and format will be announced on Monday. Four of the first round matches have already been scheduled.
The tournament was staged in Cheltenham Racecourse for the first time last year, and Bristol’s Trump took the title by beating Ali Carter in the final.
Televised live by ITV4, the event has total prize money of £380,000.
The Coral World Grand Prix is the first of the Coral Series events, with the top 16 going through to the Coral Players Championship in Southport (February 24 to March 1) and then only the top eight make the Coral Tour Championship in Llandudno (March 17-22).
Liang Wenbo has pledged to donate all of his prize money at next week’s Coral World Grand Prix to the Huizhou Red Cross in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.
This is a fantastic act of generosity from Liang in very difficult circumstances. Everyone at WST would like to send our best wishes to those people impacted on by this outbreak and our thoughts are with all our friends across China.
Magnificent gesture by Liang Wenbo!
“Provisionally” the draw looks like this (source snooker.org)
Actually it can’t change anymore unless there are withdrawals.