The 2022 British Open commences on Monday with Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, and Mark Selby amongst these within the attract Milton Keynes.
It has been a stagnated begin to the 2022/23 season, and this represents solely the third rating occasion of the time period to date.
Except for the eight-player World Blended Doubles, there’s been no motion involving Essential Tour gamers for a month.
Rustiness could play an element, which might open the door for a number of the lower-ranked and unfancied contenders to contend on the Marshall Area.
Prize, Historical past, and Format
The British Open was as soon as a staple on the Essential Tour’s schedule, operating yearly from 1985 to 2004 at numerous widespread venues such because the Meeting Rooms in Derby and the Plymouth Pavilions.
A lot of the star names of that period ended up on the roll of honour, together with Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, Jimmy White, Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins, and Mark Williams.
The latter secured triumph upon the event’s return final yr, taking house a cool £100,000 for his efforts in a 6-4 defeat of Gary Wilson within the ultimate.
Whereas the champion’s cheque stays the identical in 2022 and the British Open draw is once more random for every spherical, the format has been tweaked a little bit.
There was a lot ire surrounding final yr’s brief encounters, with best-of-five fixtures utilised within the earlier phases.
A extra conventional format is in operation this time round, with seven frames required for each spherical up till the quarter-finals, which enhance to one of the best of 9.
The semi-finals will subsequently be contested over eleven frames with a 19-frame title decider figuring out who lands the silverware subsequent Sunday.
2022 British Open draw
An FA Cup fashion format lends itself to the prospect of loads of intriguing ties because the rounds progress in Milton Keynes.
Lots of the first spherical has already been performed, with a preliminary stage held in August in Wigan.
The highest 16 seeds have had their opening matches held over to the primary venue, with world champion O’Sullivan’s first opponent being Alexander Ursenbacher.
Reigning champion Williams kicks off his defence in opposition to Andres Petrov, with final yr’s crushed finalist Wilson in motion in opposition to Shaun Murphy.
Two hard-to-call clashes embrace Mark Selby’s date with Ricky Walden and a match between a few final season’s rating occasion winners in Joe Perry and Hossein Vafaei.
Judd Trump’s tie in opposition to up-and-coming Chinese language star Si Jiahui is one other potential match of intrigue to control.
The likes of Ding Junhui, David Gilbert, Ryan Day, and Ng On Yee are already within the second-round draw after coming by their opening assessments final month.
A lot of the prime stars are within the 2022 British Open draw, with Neil Robertson representing the one marquee identify who determined to skip the competitors.
Matches held over:
Mark Allen vs Stuart Carrington
Alexander Ursenbacher vs Ronnie O’Sullivan
Ricky Walden vs Mark Selby
Duane Jones vs Barry Hawkins
Shaun Murphy vs Gary Wilson
Mark Davis vs Kyren Wilson
Joe Perry vs Hossein Vafaei
Anthony McGill vs Wu Yize
Dominic Dale vs Jack Lisowski
Judd Trump vs Si Jiahui
Yan Bingtao vs Oliver Brown
Bai Langning vs Zhao Xintong
Andy Hicks vs John Higgins
Lei Peifan vs Stuart Bingham
Mark Williams vs Andres Petrov
Graeme Dott vs Luca Brecel
Jamie Jones vs Elliot Slessor
Zhao/Bai vs Bingham/Lei
Ding Junhui vs Vafaei/Perry
Zhang Jiankang vs Jak Jones
David Gilbert vs Lyu Haotian
Selby/Walden vs Mark Joyce
Jordan Brown vs Ng On Yee
Craig Steadman vs Ben Mertens
Lisowski/Dale vs Mitchell Mann
Higgins/Hicks vs Yuan Sijun
Brecel/Dott vs McGill/Wu
David Grace vs Xu Si
Dean Younger vs Trump/Si
Li Hold vs Allen/Carrington
Andy Lee vs Yan/Brown
Gerard Greene vs Ryan Day
Lu Ning vs Zhou Yuelong
Ben Woollaston vs Williams/Petrov
Tian Pengfei vs Jimmy Robertson
Robbie Williams vs Lukas Kleckers
Anthony Hamilton vs Jamie Clarke
Ok.Wilson/Davis vs Hawkins/D. Jones
Noppon Saengkham vs Fraser Patrick
Chen Zifan vs Ross Muir
John Astley vs Chang Bingyu
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh vs Matthew Stevens
Xiao Guodong vs Peter Strains
O’Sullivan/Ursenbacher vs Joe O’Connor
Dylan Emery vs Cao Yupeng
Murphy/G. Wilson vs Zhang Anda
Zhao Jianbo vs Ian Burns
Steven Hallworth vs Hammad Miah
The place to Watch the British Open
Viewers within the UK and Eire will have the ability to watch day by day stay protection on ITV Sport, with Eurosport broadcasting the occasion throughout the remainder of Europe.
Extra particulars on watch from different areas of the world might be seen right here.
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