Wednesday 6th~Saturday 9th of February at The World Snooker Academy,Sheffield
The Welsh Open is the third longest running ranking tournament with it being staged every year since the inaugural tournament in 1992. when the current World no 1 Mark Selby was only 8 years of age.
Since it was first staged 22 years ago only 12 players have won the event; Stephen Hendry (3), John Higgins (3), Ken Doherty (2), Steve Davis (2), Mark Williams (2), Paul Hunter (2), Ronnie O'Sullivan (2), Stephen Lee, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, Ali Carter, and Ding Junhui.
The qualifying for the Welsh Open is slightly different to what we've been used to in recent years.
Best of 7 frame matches with no intervals and the top 16 entering at the Last 64 stage. So who will make it to the venue in Newport? 8 players, the top 4 seeds Ding Junhui, Mark Selby, Judd Trump, John Higgins plus Welshmen Mark J Williams, Matthew Stevens, Ryan Day and Dominic Dale Last 64 Matches has been put through to the venue already so who will join them there?
Round 1 will see Aditya Mehta, Luca Brecel, Liu Chuang, Chen Zhe, Jack Lisowski, Cao Yupeng, Xiao Guodong, David Gilbert, Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon, Rory McLeod, Mike Dunn, James Wattana, Anthony McGill, Nigel Bond, Pankaj Advani, Mark Joyce, Liang Wenbo, Tony Drago, Scott Donaldson, Jimmy White, Alan McManus,Steve Davis, Welshmen Jamie Jones, Michael White,Daniel Wells, and Amateurs Duane Jones and Gareth Allen taking to the table.
Entering in round 2 will be the likes of Marco Fu, Mark Allen, Jamie Cope, Allister Carter, Neil Robertson, Stuart Bingham, Ricky Walden, Ken Doherty, Mark Davis, Graeme Dott, Peter Ebdon, Shaun Murphy, Stephen Maguire, and Barry Hawkins.
ORDER OF PLAY
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- Joined: 02 October 2009
- Location: North Wales
- Snooker Idol: Mark Selby
- Highest Break: 25
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