WST has published the draws and format of the two next events:
BetVictor German Masters Qualifiers Draw And Format
The qualifying rounds of the 2021 BetVictor German Masters will run from November 10 to 14 in Milton Keynes.
Defending champion Judd Trump will meet Anthony Hamilton in the first round, while last year’s runner-up Neil Robertson will take on Ben Woollaston.
Germany’s top players Simon Lichtenberg and Lukas Kleckers have been drawn against Amine Amiri and Zhou Yuelong respectively.
Mark Selby, who leads the BetVictor European Series rankings after two of the six events, will face Fergal O’Brien.
Details of how to watch the qualifiers will be released soon.
Players coming through two rounds will go through to the final stages, scheduled to take place in Berlin from January 27 to 31.
Northern Ireland Open Draw And Format
Judd Trump will begin the defence of his Northern Ireland Open title against Gerard Greene at the world ranking event later this month.
World number one Trump will be aiming to win the event for the third year in a row, having beaten Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final in both 2018 and 2019. This year’s tournament runs from November 16 to 22 in Milton Keynes and it’s the second Home Nations event of the season; Trump having captured the first at last month’s Matchroom.Live English Open.
He’ll be up against Greene at 1pm on the opening day. World Champion O’Sullivan will face Jamie O’Neill on the same day at 7pm.
Northern Ireland’s top player Mark Allen will be up against Anthony Hamilton, while Northern Irish amateur Declan Lavery has been handed a tie with Neil Robertson.
John Higgins will meet Daniel Wells while Mark Selby’s first match is against Andrew Higginson.
The event, played behind closed doors, will receive extensive live coverage from Eurosport and a range of other broadcasters worldwide. Details of how to watch will follow soon.
Ronnie hasn’t entered the German Masters and there is no surprise there. He wouldn’t fancy two round of qualifiers, in the Milton Keynes bubble, just next week and probably also isn’t too keen to travel abroad under the current circumstances. That said, the way things are going, there is no certainty that the event will be staged at the Tempodrom in Berlin.
As for the Northern Ireland Open, on paper, Ronnie doesn’t have a bad draw but he might well play Elliott Slessor, his bogey opponent, in the second round…
That said we have some interesting matches between young players to look forward to:
Alex Ursenbacher v Lei Peifan
Chen Zifan v Xu Si
Zhao Xintong v Si Jiahui
Lukas Kleckers v Chang Bingyu
Zhao Jianbo v Brian Ochoiski
Aaron Hill v Jackson Page
Yuan Sijun v Luo Honghao
We have also some possibly difficult first matches between experienced players:
Barry Hawkins v Alan McManus
Ben Woollaston v Ricky Walden
Shaun Murphy v Ryan Day
Matthew Stevens v Jimmy Robertson