Fan Zhengyi will begin the defence of his BetVictor European Masters title against Michael Judge when the world ranking event takes place in August in Germany.
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Last season, China’s Fan caused one of snooker’s biggest ever upsets when he beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-8 in the final in Milton Keynes. This time the 21-year-old will be up against experienced Irishman Judge in the opening round.
The tournament runs from August 16 to 21 at the fantastic Stadhalle venue in Fuerth, Germany. Tickets are on sale now, for details CLICK HERE
World Champion O’Sullivan will be up against his (unrelated) namesake Sean O’Sullivan in the opening round. Judd Trump will face Noppon Saengkham while Mark Selby will take on Yuan Sijun.
Those four matches have been held over to the venue in Fuerth, while all other first round ties will take place during the qualifying round, to be staged at the Morningside Arena in Leicester on July 15-17 and July 22-25.
Matches to look out for in the qualifying round include:
John Higgins v Scott Donaldson, Sunday July 24 at 7pm
Ali Carter v Reanne Evans, Friday July 22 at 7pm
Mark Williams v Liam Highfield, Friday July 15 at 2.30pm
Stephen Hendry v Mark Joyce, Saturday, July 23 at 7pm
The winner of Hendry against Joyce will meet the winner of Ronnie O’Sullivan and Sean O’Sullivan in round two, raising the possibility of snooker’s two seven-time World Champions going head to head.
Details on how to watch the qualifiers and the main event will be announced soon.
Number of frames:
Up to and including QFs best of 9 frames
SFs best of 11 frames
Final best of 17 frames (8/9)
Seeds 1-32 placed in specific positions in the draw so if top seeds win in Round 2, seed 1 meets seed 32 in Round 3, seed 2 meets seed 31, and so on. Seeds 33-128 Drawn at random in Round 1