Defending champion Neil Robertson will face Andrew Pagett in the first round of the BetVictor English Open in December, with the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, John Higgins and Mark Selby also in the field.
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The final stages of the tournament run from December 12-18 and will be held at the Brentwood Centre in Essex for the first time. Tickets are on sale now and start at just £10, for details CLICK HERE
Local favourite O’Sullivan, from Chigwell, will meet Ben Mertens in the opening round. Trump will be up against Jackson Page while Selby will face Noppon Saengkham.
Higgins will play Gerard Greene while Mark Williams will face a Welsh derby against Matthew Stevens, a repeat of the 2000 Crucible final. Kyren Wilson will take on 12-time Women’s World Champion Reanne Evans. The schedule for the final stages will be announced soon.
The qualifying round will run from October 25 to 30 at the Morningside Arena in Leicester, with all winners going through to Brentwood.
With 131 players, there is a need for three matches in a pre-qualifying round involving four Tour players, selected at random from seeds 65-129, and the two wildcard players, Lewis Ullah and Callum Beresford.
The two Round One pre-qualifying matches involving the two wildcard players and Round Two matches involving the Top 16 seeded players, plus matches 13 and 17 for the winners of the Round One pre-qualifying matches, will be held over and played at the final stages venue.
The third Round One pre-qualifying match will be played at the qualifiers, along with the Round Two match involving the winner.
Part of the BetVictor Home Nations Series, the event will be televised by Eurosport and a range of other broadcasters worldwide.