The draw and format for the English Open, which runs from October 12 to 18 in Milton Keynes, is now available.
It’s the first Home Nations event of the 2020/21 season and will be broadcast extensively on Eurosport and a range of other broadcasters worldwide.
Mark Selby will start the defence of his title against China’s Fan Zhengyi on Monday October 12. On the same day, World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan’s opening opponent will be France’s top player Brian Ochoiski.
On Tuesday October 13, standout matches will include world number one Judd Trump taking on last season’s Rookie of the Year Louis Heathcote, and John Higgins up against giant-killer James Cahill.
Last 16: £7,500
Last 32: £4,000
Last 64: £3,000
High break: £5,000
Other than the “obvious” here are my first round picks to watch:
- Kurt Maflin v Peter Devlin
- Chang Bingyu v Aaron Hill
- Yan Bingtao v Alan McManus
- Zhao Xintong v Pang Junxu
- Gao Yang v Kaçper Fillipiak
- Michael White x Zhao Jianbo
Now I’ll be lucky if more than one of those is streamed …