The Rocket will take to the stage on the opening day of the tournament at K2 Crawley at 1pm on Monday October 15.
O’Sullivan won the title in Barnsley last season, thrashing Kyren Wilson 9-2 in the final with an astonishing 98% pot success rate.
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Monday October 15 1pm
Ronnie O’Sullivan v opponent
Mark Williams v opponent
Not before 7pm
Mark Selby v opponent
Shaun Murphy v opponent
Tuesday October 16 1pm
John Higgins v opponent
Kyren Wilson v opponent
Not before 7pm
Judd Trump v opponent
Barry Hawkins v opponent
The world ranking event runs from October 15 to 21, with 128 of the world’s leading players competing for the Steve Davis Trophy and a top prize of £70,000. The full draw and format will be released early next week.
Televised by Eurosport and Quest, it is the first of the season’s Home Nations series, to be followed by tournaments in Belfast, Glasgow and Cardiff. Any player winning all four trophies will bank a massive £1 million bonus.
Tickets are on sale now and start at just £10 – and with up to eight tables in play during the early rounds, it’s tremendous value for the chance to see many of the best cuemen on the planet show their skills.
All-day tickets start at just £20, and there are still a limited number of tickets available for the showpiece final on Sunday October 21st, with all-day tickets at £55. There are also a limited number of Event Passes which give access to every session of the tournament for just £160!
For ticket details visit www.worldsnooker.com/tickets or call 0871 620 7052