WST has published the draw and format for the 2022 Northern Ireland Open (main event) to be played in Belfast next month
Friday 2 Sep 2022 03:28PM
World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, defending champion and local favourite Mark Allen, Judd Trump, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson are among the snooker kings set to play on the first day of the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open in Belfast on Sunday October 16th.
The tournament at the fantastic Waterfront Hall runs from October 16 to 23. It’s the first of the season’s BetVictor Home Nations Series, with the winner to receive the Alex Higgins Trophy. Antrim’s Allen won the title for the first time last year when he beat John Higgins 9-8 in a dramatic final.
The event will be televised by Eurosport and a range of other broadcasters worldwide. All of the world’s top 16 are among a line up of over 70 players. Matches on the opening day include:
Kyren Wilson v Ken Doherty (10am)
Judd Trump v Rod Lawler (1pm)
Mark Selby v Reanne Evans (afternoon session)
Neil Robertson v Fraser Patrick (afternoon session)
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Lukas Kleckers (7pm)
Mark Allen v Chang Bingyu (not before 8pm)
Local talent Joe Connolly, age 14 from Belfast, has been handed a wild card place in the event and he’ll be up against 18-year-old Robbie McGuigan, the Northern Ireland amateur champion. That match takes place on the Sunday afternoon.
I only “scanned” through the draw quickly but one last 64 match in particular caught my attention: Ding Junhui v Micael White.