The 2018 European Masters will run from October 1st to 7th.

Belgium staged a World Snooker ranking event for the first time in 23 years in October when the 2017 event took place in Lommel.

Judd Trump won the title, beating Stuart Bingham 9-7 in the final.

The popularity of snooker has grown in Belgium in recent years, particularly through television coverage on Eurosport as well as the success of talented young player Luca Brecel.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We were thrilled to grow our footprint in Europe by staging a ranking event in the beautiful city of Lommel for the first time.

“Snooker has grown at an astonishing rate in Europe in recent years and our viewing figures on Eurosport are fantastic. Our sport is extremely popular in Belgium and now the fans there have had the chance to see their heroes play live.

“We want to see more gifted young players like Luca Brecel emerge from the continent, and staging major tournaments is an important way of keeping our growth going and inspiring the next generation.”