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World Snooker Championship 2024 Draw | Luca Brecel to face David Gilbert

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The draw for the 2024 World Snooker Championship has been confirmed, with reigning champion Luca Brecel to face David Gilbert in Round One.

The sport’s annual show-piece features the world’s top 16 ranked players alongside a further 16 qualifiers as they battle it out for £2.4 million in prize money from April 20 to May 6.

A host of decorated stars and exciting emerging talents lock horns at the sport’s spiritual home – The Crucible Theatre – for the 48th consecutive staging in Sheffield.

Brecel, who secured a fairy-tale first world title last year, begins the defence of his crown with a clash against 2019 semi-finalist Gilbert on Day One of the tournament.

Ronnie O’Sullivan is bidding to make history by becoming an eight-time World Champion to eclipse the joint record he currently holds with Stephen Hendry.

The Rocket is also vying to clinch a first seasonal Triple Crown, having won the UK Championship and Masters titles this season, and starts out against 22-year-old Welshman Jackson Page, a semi-finalist in the recent World Open.

One of the stand-out ties of the First Round sees 2019 World Champion Judd Trump – a five-time ranking event winner this season – take on Iran’s Hossein Vafaei – twice a ranking event semi-finalist this season.

Meanwhile, four-time World Champion Mark Selby has been drawn to face fellow Leicester cueist Joe O’Connor, while 2020 world finalist Kyren Wilson meets 52-year-old Dominic Dale – returning to The Crucible for the first time in a decade.

Four-time World Champion John Higgins begins his 30th consecutive Crucible campaign with a tie against Jamie Jones – who knocked out 2010 champion Neil Robertson in a deciding frame in the final qualifying round on Wednesday.

Three-time World Champion Mark Williams, who claimed the Tour Championship title earlier this month, opens up against Si Jiahui – who enjoyed a sensational run to the semi-finals on debut here 12 months ago.

Another stand-out tie sees 14-time ranking event winner Ding Junhui, runner-up in the 2016 World Championship, take on six-time ranking finalist Jack Lisowski.

Players Championship winner Mark Allen, the number four seed, starts out against Robbie Williams – making his first appearance in the main draw since 2016.

Two-time world finalist Ali Carter – who has also finished runner-up in The Masters this season – meets former UK Champion and Crucible semi-finalist Stephen Maguire.

Gary Wilson, the reigning Welsh Open and Scottish Open champion, will take on 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham, as 2013 world finalist Barry Hawkins hosts four-time ranking event winner Ryan Day.

Shaun Murphy, the 2005 World Champion, will face China’s Lyu Haotian, while reigning International Champion Zhang Anda plays last year’s quarter-finalist – Jak Jones.

Former Welsh Open champion Robert Milkins faces former WST Classic finalist Pang Junxu, while 14th seed Tom Ford – runner-up in the 2023 International Championship – takes on former Crucible semi-finalist Ricky Walden.

The full schedule of play will be confirmed in due course.

World Snooker Championship 2024 Draw

Luca Brecel (1) v David Gilbert
Robert Milkins (16) v Pang Junxu
Ali Carter (9) v Stephen Maguire
Shaun Murphy (8) v Lyu Haotian
Mark Selby (5) v Joe O’Connor
Kyren Wilson (12) v Dominic Dale
John Higgins (13) v Jamie Jones
Mark Allen (4) v Robbie Williams
Judd Trump (3) v Hossein Vafaei
Tom Ford (14) v Ricky Walden
Zhang Anda (11) v Jak Jones
Mark Williams (6) v Si Jiahui
Ding Junhui (7) v Jack Lisowski
Gary Wilson (10) v Stuart Bingham
Barry Hawkins (15) v Ryan Day
Ronnie O’Sullivan (2) v Jackson Page