Mark Allen starts Dafabet Masters defence against Luca Brecel

Mark Allen with the Masters trophy
Mark Allen with the Masters trophy

Defending champion Mark Allen has drawn Luca Brecel in the first round of the Dafabet Masters at Alexandra Palace next month.

Northern Ireland’s Allen won the title for the first time last season, beating Kyren Wilson 10-7 in the final, and kicks off his defence in the first match of the tournament on Sunday, January 13.

Crowd favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan, who has won the Masters a record seven times, will start his bid for an eighth title against Stuart Bingham the following day, with Mark Williams among the headline acts on Tuesday.

The world champion faces Neil Robertson, while Judd Trump will take on Kyren Wilson in a repeat of last season’s semi-final which Wilson won 6-5.

Masters draw

  • Mark Allen v Luca Brecel
  • Ding Junhui v Jack Lisowski
  • John Higgins v Ryan Day
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan v Stuart Bingham
  • Mark Selby v Stephen Maguire
  • Judd Trump v Kyren Wilson
  • Barry Hawkins v Shaun Murphy
  • Mark Williams v Neil Robertson

Schedule

  • All matches best-of-11 except for final, which is best-of-19

Sunday January 13

Afternoon match (1300 GMT)

  • Mark Allen v Luca Brecel

Evening match (1900 GMT)

  • John Higgins v Ryan Day

Monday January 14

Afternoon match (1300 GMT)

  • Ronnie O'Sullivan v Stuart Bingham

Evening match (1900 GMT)

  • Ding Junhui v Jack Lisowski

Tuesday January 15

Afternoon match (1300 GMT)

  • Mark Williams v Neil Robertson

Evening match (1900 GMT)

  • Barry Hawkins v Shaun Murphy

Wednesday January 16

Afternoon match (1300 GMT)

  • Judd Trump v Kyren Wilson

Evening match (1900 GMT)

  • Mark Selby v Stephen Maguire

Thursday January 17

Afternoon match (1300 GMT)

  • Higgins/Day v O'Sullivan/Bingham

Evening match (1900 GMT)

  • Allen/Brecel v Ding/Lisowski

Friday January 18

Afternoon match (1300 GMT)

  • Selby/Maguire v Trump/Wilson

Evening match (1900 GMT)

  • Hawkins/Murphy v Williams/Robertson

Saturday January 19

  • Semi-finals

Sunday January 20

  • Final

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