The updated draw and match schedule for the 2021 BetVictor Championship League world ranking event is now available.
Judd Trump, Shaun Murphy, Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins, Mark Williams and defending champion Kyren Wilson will be among those battling for the trophy in the event which starts on July 18th.
Note that Ng On Yee and Zhou Yuelong have pulled out of the event, replaced by Saqib Nasir and Joshua Thomond respectively.
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Zhou Yuelong withdrawal is maybe not too unexpected, but On Yee was really looking forward to start playing on the Main Tour and her withdrawal is almost certainly the result of ongoing travel restrictions. As such, it’s pretty worrying for her as well as for Marco Fu as the covid-19 situation in the UK doesn’t look like it’s improving any time soon.
Anyway, here is the “programme” for phase 1: