Professional Snooker - 2016 World Open
25th-31st July 2016 / Yushan Number 1 Middle School, Yushan, China
WORLD OPEN WILDCARDS CONFIRMED
Next up on the World Snooker circuit is the 2016 World Open from Yushan in China; the biggest event this campaign so far with a total prize fund of £520,000 - £90,000 of that going to the eventual winner.
Qualifying took place last month in Preston, you can find out who booked their place during the three days via our professional snooker section. The venue stages are between the 25th-31st July.
Just like last week's Indian Open, this tournament took a small hiatus from the calendar last season, but now returns to China. Yushan will be hosting a top level snooker event for the first time; previously this tournament was held in Haikou between 2012-2014.
There are 8 'preliminary' matches before the Last 64 main draw.
Defending champion Shaun Murphy plays Sanderson Lam whilst the World Champion and World Number 1 Mark Selby has a 'Hollywood' clash with the legendary Jimmy White.
Just like other competitions, the host nation's top two ranked stars automatically feature - here that is Ding Junhui (v Michael Georgiou) and Liang Wenbo (v Chris Wakelin).
A quartet of local wildcards have been invited; these are Huang Jiahao, Hu Hao, Xu Si and Liu Yiqi who will meet professionals Hammad Miah, Zhang Anda, James Wattana and Matthew Stevens respectively.
Of the Top 16 players who entered (Mark Allen and Ronnie O'Sullivan didn't), only Martin Gould failed to qualify.
The whole tournament is due to be broadcast on Eurosport.
To see the full draw, please visit the tournament page on snooker.org here.
FACT - The last 9 major ranking events in China have yielded 9 different winners...
Shaun Murphy (2014 World Open)
Ding Junhui (2014 China Open)
Neil Robertson (2014 Wuxi Classic)
Stuart Bingham (2014 Shanghai Masters)
Ricky Walden (2014 International Championship)
Mark Selby (2015 China Open)
Kyren Wilson (2015 Shanghai Masters)
John Higgins (2015 International Championship)
Judd Trump (2016 China Open)
Written by Michael Day on the 12th July 2016