Davis and Murphy complete star-studded 888casino Champion of Champions line-upMark Davis has earned the final place in the 888casino Champion of Champions at the Ricoh Arena as the highest-ranked player not to have already qualified for next month’s competition in Coventry.
Ding Junhui overcame Aditya Mehta 5-0 in the Indian Open but the Chinese star had already secured his place in snooker's prestigious new big-money event, between Tuesday, November 19 and Sunday, November 24, after winning the PTC Grand Finals.
That meant Junhui’s place was awarded to the highest player on World Snooker's Ranking List who had not yet booked his place at the Ricoh Arena - Mark Davis.
Davis has shown the best form of his career over the past two years and has climbed to number 13 in the world. He will be joined at the tournament by Shaun Murphy, who gained his place by the same criteria after the Bank of Communications Shanghai Masters was also won by Junhui.
Murphy will face Leicester’s Mark Selby in Group B, while John Higgins is up against Stephen Maguire.
Davis joins Group A and will have to overcome Rocket Ronnie O'Sullivan if he is to make it to the group final. Junhui and Barry Hawkins will contest the other Group A match.
Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn said: "Mark and Shaun have earned their place in the line-up through consistently performing to a very high standard and it means we have the top ten in the World Rankings all taking part.
“I'm excited about this event because it brings together the elite of the sport - the people of Coventry are in for a treat."
Liz Cooper, Marketing Director at the Ricoh Arena, said the new tournament was a great chance to watch the world’s top snooker stars live in the Midlands.
“This promises to be six days of great snooker action as the players compete to win the £100,000 first prize,” she said.
“This will be the first time we have staged snooker in the Jaguar Exhibition Hall and it will be fantastic to watch a sport which remains increasingly popular across the world, at such close quarters here in Coventry.”
The tournament features 16 of the world's top players – including O'Sullivan, Judd Trump and Neil Robertson – all vying to be crowned the 'Champion of Champions'. The event has a £270,000 prize-fund with £100,000 going to the winner.
Pictured: Mark Davis, who will be competing in the 888casino Champion of Champions at the Ricoh Arena