The Group Stage draw for next week’s 188BET Champion of Champions has been made, with World Champion Stuart Bingham opening proceedings against China’s World Cup winner Zhou Yuelong.
The tournament breaks off on Tuesday, November 10 at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena and Bingham’s match will be followed by No. 6 seed Judd Trump against Kyren Wilson.
Broadcast live on ITV4 throughout, the competition sees 16 of the world’s best players, all tournament winners over the previous 12 months, competing to be crowned the 188BET Champion of Champions.
The players are split into four groups of four, with one group played on each day from Tuesday, November 10 until Friday, November 13.
There are eight seeded players in total and each seeded player will play an unseeded opponent in a best-of-seven group match in the afternoon session with the two winners clashing over 11 frames in the evening. The four group winners will proceed to the best-of-11 semi-finals on Saturday, November 14 before Sunday, November 15 sees a two-session final played over 19 frames.
Wednesday, November 11 sees action from Group 1 with John Higgins taking on Ali Carter before Joe Perry faces Michael White. Higgins has assumed the No.1 seeding having replaced Ronnie O’Sullivan as the highest ranked player already qualified.
On Thursday Neil Robertson will be up against Ruhr Open champion Rory McLeod with that match followed by Shaun Murphy against Zhou’s fellow World Cup winner Yan Bingtao.
The final group action comes from Group 2 on Friday, November 13 when World No.1 Mark Selby takes on Stephen Maguire and Barry Hawkins will play the winner of this weekend’s Bulgarian Open. Should the winner of the Bulgarian Open already be qualified, Ding Junhui, winner of last month’s Asian Tour event, will play Hawkins.
Tuesday November 10, Group 3 (first match at 1pm)
Stuart Bingham (3) v Zhou Yuelong
Judd Trump (6) v Kyren Wilson
Wednesday, November 11, Group 1 (first match at 1pm)
John Higgins (1) v Ali Carter
Joe Perry (8) v Michael White
Thursday, November 12, Group 4 (first match at 1pm)
Neil Robertson (4) v Rory McLeod
Shaun Murphy (5) v Yan Bingtao
Friday, November 13, Group 2 (first match at 1pm)
Mark Selby (2) v Stephen Maguire
Barry Hawkins (7) v TBC (Ding Junhui or Bulgarian Open Winner)