BetVictor German Masters Draw
The draw and format for the 2022 BetVictor German Masters qualifiers is now available.
The qualifying rounds will run from October 18 to 26 at Chase Leisure Centre in Cannock, followed by the final stages at the famous Tempodrom venue in Berlin from January 26 to 30.
All players will need to win two qualifying matches to make it through to Berlin.
Judd Trump has won the title in each of the last two years, and this time he’ll face Tian Pengfei in the opening round. Ronnie O’Sullivan will meet Hossein Vafaei while World Champion Mark Selby will be up against Ross Muir.
Germany’s Lukas Kleckers will begin his bid to qualify for the Tempodrom against Yuan Sijun, while Berlin-based Simon Lichtenberg will take on Sanderson Lam.
Father and son Peter and Oliver Lines will face each other in the second round if they both win their opening matches, against Chang Bingyu and Mark Williams respectively.
Players need to win two matches to get to Berlin. Interestingly, the qualifiers format is different this year, and, IMO better. Indeed, each day, except the first and the last will see three sessions played: the first and last will feature round one matches, the afternoon one will feature the second round matches opposing the first round winners from the previous day.
I wasn’t really expecting it, given what happenend in recent years, but Ronnie has entered the event and his due to play Hossein Vafaei on Monday, October 25, 2021. It’s not an easy first match, but Ronnie quite likes Hossein and should be up for the challenge. I’d rather have this than another match against a low ranked player that he is expected to beat whilst his opponent somehow has nothing to lose.
Should he win, Ronnie would face Andrew Higginson or Steven Hallworth the next day. He famously beat Higginson by 5-4 from 4-0 down in the first round at the Tempodrom in 2012. He was in danger to need to qualify for the World Championship. He went on to win the title that week and later triumphed at the Crucible.