Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump go head to head in a blockbuster 2024 World Grand Prix final in Leicester on Sunday.
Ironically, the 10th final of this tournament is a repeat of the first from 2015, which Trump won 10-7 at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.
Nine years on, we can expect an absolute belter at the Morningside Arena between the top two players in the world, and the two players of the season so far.
Between them in 2023-24, they have captured six trophies (three each) and over £1.3 million in prize money.
A further £100,000 will go to the winner of the 14th final contested between the two players, with Trump prevailing in eight of the previous 13.
Although, O’Sullivan came out on top in the two most recent showpieces – notably at the 2022 World Championship, where the pair memorably shared an emotional embrace after he wrapped up his 18-13 victory and seventh Crucible crown.
They are also the only multiple winners of the World Grand Prix, with the Rocket (two) aiming to join the Ace on three titles.
O’Sullivan, who lifted this trophy in 2018 and 2021, is appearing in his 63rd ranking final fresh from a scintillating semi-final display against good friend Ding Junhui, in which he made four centuries on the way to a comprehensive 6-1 rout.
That made it 13 successive wins for the Rocket. He has now hit seven tons this week, including one in each of his victories over Pang Junxu, Zhou Yuelong and Gary Wilson, and will want to continue in that vein as he looks to add to his triumphs at the Shanghai Masters, UK Championship and Masters this season.
Meanwhile, Trump is gearing up for his 50th final at a tournament carrying ranking points (including eight Players Tour Championship events).
It is also his fifth of this season, having already captured the English Open, Wuhan Open and Northern Ireland Open, while also finishing as runner-up to Barry Hawkins at the European Masters.
Having won this trophy in 2015, 2019 and 2020, the Ace will look to pull clear of O’Sullivan with a fourth title that would ensure he remains the most successful player in the tournament’s history.
The best of 19 frames will determine who lifts the trophy on Sunday at the Morningside Arena at Leicester.
Play gets under way at 1pm GMT with the opening eight frames, before playing to a finish from 7pm GMT with a maximum of 11.
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