Ronnie O’Sullivan will begin his quest for a first European Masters title against world No. 101 Sean O’Sullivan on the tournament’s opening day.
The world champion faces his namesake in a best-of-nine frame opener in the German city of Furth at 7pm on Tuesday 16 August (BST) LIVE on Eurosport.
London professional Sean O’Sullivan regained his tour card after a three-year absence via the WPBSA Q Tour Rankings.
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The 2020 European Masters champion Mark Selby starts out at the same time against talented Chinese player Yuan Sijun.
Defending champion Fan Zhengyi – who defeated O’Sullivan 10-9 in last season’s final in Milton Keynes – begins his title defence against Michael Judge earlier in the day at 10am (BST).
The last of the qualifying fixtures held over to the Stadthalle venue will see world No. 2 Judd Trump meet Crucible qualifier Noppon Saengkham at 2:30pm.
Three-time world champion Mark Williams begins his campaign in the last 64 against Sanderson Lam at 7pm (BST) on Wednesday 17 August.
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Qualifying for the season’s second ranking event was staged by Leicester’s Morningside Arena between 15-24 July with John Higgins losing 5-3 to fellow Scot Scott Donaldson. in a sizable upset.
The tournament runs between Tuesday 16 August with the final on Sunday 21 August.
All matches are the best-of-nine frames with the semi-finals contested over the best of 11 frames before a best-of-17 of frame final.
European Masters winners
- 2016/17 Judd Trump (Eng) 9-8 Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) – Bucharest, Romania
- 2017/18 Judd Trump (Eng) 9-7 Stuart Bingham (Eng) – Lommel, Belgium
- 2018/19 Jimmy Robertson (Eng) 9-6 Joe Perry (Eng) – Lommel, Belgium
- 2019/20 Neil Robertson (Aus) 9-0 Zhou Yuelong (Chn) – Dornbirn, Austria
- 2020/21 Mark Selby (Eng) 9-8 Martin Gould (Eng) – Milton Keynes, England
- 2021/22 Fan Zhengyi (Chn) 10-9 Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) – Milton Keynes, England
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