WST has published the draw and format for the coming UK Championship:
Cazoo UK Championship Draw And Format
Neil Robertson will start the defence of his Cazoo UK Championship title against John Astley at the tournament in York later this month.
The event runs from November 23 to December 5 at the York Barbican, with 128 players all needing to win seven matches to capture a title which was first contested in 1977.
The opening round from November 23 to 25 will be televised live by Eurosport, with the second round onwards screened globally by BBC, Eurosport, CCTV, Matchroom Live and a range of other broadcasters.
Tickets for the tournament are still available and start from just £8. Sessions are expected to sell out fast now that the schedule has been released so fans must book quickly.
The tournament returns to York for the first time since 2019, having been staged behind closed doors in Milton Keynes in 2020.
Robertson beat Judd Trump 10-9 in a dramatic final last year to capture the trophy for the third time. He meets amateur Astley on Thursday November 25 at 2.30pm. Trump will be up against David Lilley on the same day at 7.30pm.
Crowd favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan takes on two-time ranking event winner Michael White on Wednesday November 24 at 7.30pm. World Champion Mark Selby plays Ross Muir on the same day at 2.30pm.
Other top stars in the field include John Higgins, Mark Williams, Shaun Murphy, Kyren Wilson, Ding Junhui, Mark Allen, legends Jimmy White and Stephen Hendry, top female players Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee, and many more.
The second round begins on Saturday November 27. All matches are best of 11 frames up until the final on Sunday December 5 which is best of 19.
The Cazoo UK Championship is one of snooker’s Triple Crown events, alongside the Cazoo Masters and the Betfred World Championship.
Big thanks to Phil Haigh for “compiling” that for us, and providing a much more readable schedule of the event:
2021 UK Championship Snooker draw, format and schedule revealed
The first traditional major of the snooker season gets underway on 23 November as the UK Championship returns to York after a year away from its home in North Yorkshire.
The UK Championship moved to Milton Keynes last year due to the pandemic, but still delivered an epic final which saw Neil Robertson edge out Judd Trump in a deciding frame.
The draw for this year’s event has been made with Trump taking on World Seniors champion David Lilley and Robertson kicking off the defence of his title against John Astley.
Ronnie O’Sullivan gets two-time ranking event winner Michael White, while world champion Mark Selby plays Ross Muir.
The first round matches are all live on Eurosport with BBC coverage beginning at the second round.
UK Championship draw, format and schedule
Tuesday 23 Nov
Anthony McGill vs Iulian Boiko
Zhou Yuelong vs Chen Zifan
Kyren Wilson vs Soheil Vahedi
Lu Ning vs Wu Yize
Tom Ford vs Andrew Pagett
Stephen Maguire vs Sanderson Lam
Shaun Murphy vs Si Jiahui
John Higgins vs Michael Georgiou
Andrew Higginson vs Mark Joyce
David Grace vs Peter Devlin
Jak Jones vs Oliver Lines
Dominic Dale vs Ashley Carty
Scott Donaldson vs Farakh Ajaib
Mark Davis vs Ashley Hugill
Li Hang vs Mitchell Mann
Chris Wakelin vs Jamie Clarke
Wed 24 Nov
Ricky Walden vs Craig Steadman
Gary Wilson vs Ian Burns
David Gilbert vs Alfie Burden
Xiao Guodong vs Zhang Jiankang
Mark Williams vs Lei Peifan
Barry Hawkins vs Reanne Evans
Ding Junhui vs Zhang Anda
Mark Selby vs Ross Muir
Kurt Maflin vs Gerard Greene
Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Michael White
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh vs Stephen Hendry
Jack Lisowski vs Sean Maddocks
Liam Highfield vs Jamie Wilson
Noppon Saengkham vs Aaron Hill
Stuart Carrington vs Zhao Jianbo
Nigel Bond vs Robbie Williams
Anthony Hamilton vs Allan Taylor
Matthew Selt vs Chang Bingyu
Jamie Jones vs Cao Yupeng
Alex Ursenbacher vs Ben Hancorn
Matthew Stevens vs Hammad Miah
Mark King vs Jackson Page
Sunny Akani vs Steven Hallworth
Elliott Slessor vs Fan Zhengyi
Thu 25 Nov
Joe Perry vs Fraser Patrick
Martin Gould vs Barry Pinches
Liang Wenbo vs Andy Hicks
Zhao Xintong vs Yuan Sijun
Neil Robertson vs John Astley
Yan Bingato vs Ng On Yee
Ali Carter vs Jimmy White
Graeme Dott vs Jamie O’Neill
Stuart Bingham vs Dean Young
Judd Trump vs David Lilley
Mark Allen vs Michael Judge
Ryan Day vs Peter Lines
Tian Pengfei vs Simon Lichtenberg
Ben Woollaston vs Rory McLeod
Lyu Haotian vs Gao Yang
Joe O’Connor vs Fergal O’Brien
Jordan Brown vs Duane Jones
Luca Brecel vs Xu Si
Jimmy Robertson vs Lee Walker
Martin O’Donnell vs Lukas Kleckers
Michael Holt vs Zak Surety
Sam Craigie vs Ken Doherty
Robert Milkins vs Louis Heathcote
Hossein Vafaei vs Pang Junxu
Round One (best of 11)
Tue 23 Nov – 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Wed 24 Nov – 9.30pm, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Thu 25 Nov – 9.30pm, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Round Two (best of 11)
Sat 27 Nov – 1pm & 7pm
Sun 28 Nov – 1pm & 7pm
Round Three (best of 11)
Mon 29 Nov – 1pm & 7pm
Tue 30 Nov – 1pm & 7pm
Round Four (best of 11)
Wed 01 Dec – 1pm & 7pm
Thu 02 Dec – 1pm & 7pm
Quarter-finals (best of 11)
Fri 03 Dec – 1pm & 7pm
Semi-finals (best of 11)
Sat 04 Dec – 1pm & 7pm
Final (best of 19)
Sun 05 Dec – 1pm & 7pm
I think that Michael White is a good draw for Ronnie. Michael plays an open game and doesn’t hang around.
I have put in blue the first round matches that I expect to be interesting and close.
In green, I have put two matches that may spring a surprise. I still expect the highest seed to win them, but both Ross Muir and Fraser Patrick have shown good form recently. Those matches could be much closer than most expect.