8th Dec, 2016

Ronnie O'Sullivan set to open Snooker's Champion of Champions event in Coventry

Steve Carpenter 16th Oct, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

FIVE-TIME World Snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan will get things underway when the eagerly anticipated Champion of Champions event comes to Coventry next month.

One of snooker’s newest showpiece events brings together many of the best snooker players on the planet including the likes of World Number One Mark Selby, two-time winner Neil Robertson and recent European Masters winner Judd Trump

O’Sullivan is already a two-time winner of the Champion of Champions event, which will be broadcast live on ITV4, but he missed last year’s event after taking a break from the sport.

O’Sullivan will take on Shoot Out champion Robin Hull in the tournament’s opening match on Monday, November 7, with German Masters winner Martin Gould up against World Seniors Champion Mark Davis in the second group 3 semi-final.

The following day in Group 1, defending champion Neil Robertson comes up against the winner of the forthcoming International Championship, and Shanghai Masters champion Ding Junhui takes on World Open winner Ali Carter in the afternoon session.

Wednesday features action from Group 2 as World Number One Mark Selby takes on the winner of this week’s English Open, and Players Championship winner Mark Allen faces Gibraltar Open champion Marco Fu.

The concluding day of group action is Thursday when Group 4 plays out with Shaun Murphy, winner of the World Grand Prix taking on the China Championship winner followed by China Open and European Masters victor Judd Trump against Indian Open champion Anthony McGill.

The four group winners proceed to the best of 11 semi-finals, played on Friday, November 11. A 19-frame final will be played over two sessions on Saturday, November 12.

Should the winner of any of the remaining three events on the qualifying list – the English Open, International Championship and China Championship – have already qualified for the Champion of Champions that spot shall be filled by the highest player on the one-year ranking list at the conclusion of the tournament in question.

Tickets are on sale now at www.championofchampionssnooker.co.uk with Premium and VIP packages available.

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS 2016 – FIXTURES

Monday, November 7 – Group 3

Afternoon session

Ronnie O’Sullivan vs. Robin Hull

Martin Gould vs. Mark Davis

(both best of 7 frames)

Evening session

Group final (best of 11 frames)

Tuesday, November 8 – Group 1

Afternoon session

Neil Robertson vs. International Championship Winner

Ding Junhui vs. Ali Carter

(both best of 7 frames)

Evening session

Group final (best of 11 frames)

Wednesday, November 9 – Group 2

Afternoon session

Mark Selby vs. English Open winner

Mark Allen vs. Marco Fu

(both best of 7 frames)

Evening session

Group final (best of 11 frames)

Thursday, November 10 – Group 4

Afternoon session

Shaun Murphy vs. China Championship winner

Judd Trump vs. Anthony McGill

(both best of 7 frames)

Evening session

Group final (best of 11 frames)

Friday, November 11

Afternoon session

Winner Group 1 vs. Winner Group 4

(best of 11 frames)

Evening session

Winner Group 2 vs. Winner Group 3

(best of 11 frames)

Saturday, November 12

Afternoon session:

Final (best of 19 frames)

Evening session:

Final (best of 19 frames)