World Champion Mark Selby, crowd favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, John Higgins and defending champion Shaun Murphy are among snooker’s cue kings who have already confirmed their participation in next month’s Ladbrokes World Grand Prix in Preston.
The world ranking event will take place at the iconic Guild Hall for the first time, from February 6 to 12. It will feature 32 players from a one-year ranking list which has been running throughout the season.
There is still one counting event to go – the German Masters which runs from February 1 to 5 – after which the final line up will be confirmed.
But several top stars already assured of qualification have entered the tournament and the following matches have been scheduled in order to give fans the chance to buy tickets for their favourite players in advance.
Monday February 6
Judd Trump v opponent
John Higgins v opponent
Tuesday February 7
Stuart Bingham v opponent
Shaun Murphy v opponent
Ronnie O’Sullivan v opponent
Marco Fu v opponent
Wednesday February 8
Mark Selby v opponent
Neil Robertson v opponent
A spokesman for World Snooker said: “It’s shaping up to be an amazingly strong field at the Guild Hall, with so many great champions in line to qualify. And there will be a few exciting up and coming players in the mix as well. It will be all to play for at the final qualifying event in Germany to see who can nail down a spot in Preston.
“We have so much history at the Guild Hall, going back to 1978 when the UK Championship was staged there for the first time. It’s a wonderful venue and we’re looking forward to bringing the World Grand Prix there. For the fans in the arena it’s going to be a thrilling experience as the atmosphere at live snooker is totally unique.”
The event will receive extensive live coverage each day from ITV4.
Fans can book tickets, which start at £13, for every session including the showpiece final on Sunday February 12, but seats MUST BE BOOKED FAST as certain sessions will sell out soon. For full details visit http://www.worldsnooker.com/tickets