He will line up at Pond's Forge in Sheffield next week, needing to win three matches to book a place at the Crucible.
WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: "The WPBSA has a few discretionary invites this year for worthy players, and once Betfred signed up as title sponsor we had no hesitation in offering one to Fred. He is a keen player, and with his renowned ruthless streak, he could be a dangerous opponent. I know he has been working hard on his game in recent weeks and it will be fascinating to see whether he can qualify for the Crucible."
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