World Grand Prix Snooker 2016 Draw – Judd Trump handed Mark Williams show-down

Jamie Shaw in Snooker News

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Judd Trump will begin the defence of his World Grand Prix title with a tasty clash against two-time World Champion Mark Williams in Llandudno.

World number six Trump, who edged out Ronnie O’Sullivan in an epic final 12 months ago, faces a tough opener against Welsh favourite Williams at Venue Cymru.

The young left-hander notably overcame Williams 4-3 in a high quality Quarter-Final en route to glory last year.

The World Grand Prix becomes a world ranking event as of this year and will feature 32 of the world’s top players battling it out for ¬£300,000 in prize money.

Reigning Masters and Welsh Open champion O’Sullivan has been handed a first round tie with Nottingham ace Michael Holt on the opening day of the competition on Tuesday March 8.

This tournament will be The Rocket’s last competitive appearance before the World Championship at the Crucible in April.

Current World Champion Stuart Bingham will take on Ruhr Open finalist David Gilbert, while former World Champions Neil Robertson and Peter Ebdon lock horns.

Other stand-out fixtures include a mouth-watering all-Scottish show-down between four-time World Champion John Higgins and former UK Champion Stephen Maguire.

Last year’s beaten world finalist Shaun Murphy opens up against former Indian Open winner Michael White – one of four Welsh cueists in action on home soil.

The tourament runs from March 8-13 at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, Wales and will be shown live on ITV4.

Ladbrokes World Grand Prix 2016 Draw

First Round

John Higgins v Stephen Maguire

Matthew Selt v Ryan Day

Judd Trump v Mark Williams

David Gilbert v Stuart Bingham

Mark Selby v Tom Ford

Luca Brecel v Ali Carter

Joe Perry v Barry Hawkins

Kyren Wilson v Jamie Jones

Martin Gould v Tian Pengfei

Shaun Murphy v Michael White

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Michael Holt

Liang Wenbo v Graeme Dott

Mark Allen v David Grace

Marco Fu v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

Ben Woollaston v Ding Junhui

Neil Robertson v Peter Ebdon