Tuesday 18th~Friday 21st of December at The World Snooker Academy,Sheffield
The World Open started life in Scotland in 2010 as a replacement for the Grand Prix and won by the then World Champion Neil Robertson.
It was a new initiative that invited amateurs to participate in a World Snooker professional run tournament, but following the BBC Snooker cut backs it was canceled and was in limbo for 18 months until it was snapped up in China as part of the growing Chinese World Snooker Tour.
Mark Allen won the event beating Stephen Lee 10-1 in the final.
Despite the change of format from the original concept amateurs are still invited. This year Gareth Allen, Duane Jones, Michael Wild and Justin Astley will be taking their place in Round 1 alongside players that includes Aditya Mehta, Kurt Maflin, Tony Drago, Zhang Anda and Martin O'Donnell.
Joining in Round 2 will be the likes of Andy Hicks, Liu Chuang, Alan McManus, Jimmy White, Mike Dunn and two up and coming stars Cao Yupeng and Luca Brecel.
Round 3 will include Jack Lisowski, Liang Wenbo, Michael White, Xiao Guodong, Jamie Jones, Nigel Bond and 6 times World Champion Steve Davis.
And finally Round 4 Peter Ebdon, Robert Milkins, Ryan Day, Joe Perry, Martin Gould, Jamie Cope and the 1997 World Champion Ken Doherty will be taking to the table.
Few days before Christmas but who will be celebrating the festive period with a ticket to Haikou?
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