Judd Trump faces a tough draw against former World Champion Peter Ebdon in the first round of the English Open in Crawley.

The draw and format for the world ranking event have been announced, with crowd favourites Trump and Ronnie O’Sullivan both in action on an opening day at K2 Crawley on Monday, October 14th.

O’Sullivan reached the semi-finals in Crawley last year

World Champion Trump will take on Ebdon at 1 pm on that day, with O’Sullivan to play Jamie O’Neill at 7 pm.

Defending champion Stuart Bingham has been drawn against Poland’s Kacper Filipiak, with that match to be played on Monday afternoon.

Sussex’s Mark Davis, who reached the final last year, faces former World Champion Graeme Dott on the evening of Tuesday, October 15.

Other matches to look out for in the first round include:

Snooker legend Jimmy White against China’s Bai Lanning – Tuesday, October 15 evening session

Kyren Wilson against former English Open champion Liang Wenbo – Tuesday, October 15 afternoon session

China Championship winner Shaun Murphy against Chang Bingyu – Monday, October 14 evening session

Neil Robertson against Kishan Hirani – Tuesday October 15 evening session

Mark Williams takes on Jamie Clarke – Tuesday October 15 afternoon session

Mark Selby faces Barry Pinches – Monday, October 14 afternoon session

Up-and-coming talents Jack Lisowski and Jackson Page go head to head – Tuesday, October 15 afternoon session

In all, there will be 128 players in the field, each needing to win seven matches to capture the Steve Davis Trophy and a top prize of £70,000.

The tournament runs from October 14 to 20. It’s the first Home Nations event of the season, followed by tournaments in Belfast, Glasgow and Cardiff, with a £1 million bonus available for any player who can win all four. All events are televised by Eurosport and Quest.

Special offers include all-day tickets for students for £8 and an event pass for every session of the tournament for just £160.


Source: World Snooker