The format for this event has been updated: Stuart Bingham will play on Monday, with John Higgins playing on Tuesday.

Neil Robertson will defend the ManBetX Welsh Open title in Cardiff next week with top stars including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Mark Selby, John Higgins, Ding Junhui, Shaun Murphy and home favourite Mark Williams also in the field.

The tournament at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff runs from February 10 to 16. Tickets to see all of the world’s best players are still on sale and start at just £10.

O’Sullivan last won the Welsh Open in 2016

Robertson won the title for the second time last year, beating Stuart Bingham 9-7 in the final, and this time he starts his defence against Jamie Clarke, one of 14 Welsh players in the field.

Four-time Welsh Open champion Ronnie O’Sullivan faces China’s Zhang Jiankang at 1 pm on Tuesday, February 11.

World Champion and world number one Judd Trump takes on James Cahill.

Tour rookie Jackson Page, from Ebbw Vale, will be up against Kyren Wilson, while veterans James Wattana and Jimmy White go head to head.

Three-time World Champion Mark Williams plays Oliver Lines at 1 pm on Monday, February 10.

John Higgins takes on Joe O’Connor in a rematch of their quarter-final clash last year which O’Connor won 5-3.

In all, there are 129 players battling for the Ray Readon Trophy at the fourth and last Home Nations event of the season.

Televised by BBC Wales and Eurosport, the Welsh Open has been ever-present on the calendar as a world ranking event since 1992.

Fans are urged to book tickets fast as certain sessions will sell out now that the draw has been announced.


Source: World Snooker