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Snooker line-up for Champion of Champions at Ricoh Arena

Five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and Leicester’s Mark Selby will face wildcard entries in the inaugural 888casino Champion of Champions tournament at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
O’Sullivan, the reigning World Champion, has been drawn in Group One of the eagerly-anticipated tournament, promoted by Matchroom Sport, in the Jaguar Exhibition Hall.

China’s most successful ever player Ding Junhui will face this year’s World Championship runner-up Barry Hawkins in the other Group One match on Friday, November 22.

2012 UK Champion Mark Selby will be the first on the green baize against his wildcard opponent in their Group Two clash on Tuesday, November 19, which will be followed by John Higgins against Stephen Maguire.

Judd Trump will face Hong Kong’s Marco Fu before the tournament’s sixth seed Ricky Walden takes on Stuart Bingham the following day.

The two matches on Thursday, November 21, will feature reigning China Open Champion Neil Robertson against Martin Gould followed by Mark Allen against Ali Carter, who has successfully returned to the game following treatment for testicular cancer.

There is a total prize fund of £270,000 available and the group winners go forward to the play-offs at the weekend and the eventual champion on Sunday, November 24, will receive a cheque for £100,000.

Liz Cooper, marketing director at the Ricoh Arena, said the draw had produced some intriguing matches.

“The winners of the game’s current major tournaments across the world will be competing for the title to be the first Champion of Champions,” she said.

“Ronnie O’Sullivan always produces a buzz whenever he plays and it is no surprise he has been seeded as number one.

“I am sure fans of the Jester from Leicester will be driving along the M69 to give Mark Selby their support and it will be fantastic to see Ali Carter back on the big stage following his recent illness.

“Tickets are selling well which shows the backing from sports fans for this new tournament and we are delighted to be hosting it as we bring snooker to the Ricoh Arena for the first time.

“The Jaguar Exhibition Hall has already hosted other sports such as international tennis, darts and fencing and there is certain to be plenty of drama unfolding once again when the Champion of Champions competition gets underway in November.”

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