Former UK Championship semi-finalist David Grace is alongside snooker expert Richard Mann to preview this year's renewal.
Grace, from Leeds, enjoyed a fairytale run in the 2015 renewal and reminisces on that spectacular week, while revealing what it's like on the new Challenge Tour where he's in the mix for a return to the main circuit.
We also hear about his experience playing Ronnie O'Sullivan, the influence of the late Paul Hunter on snooker in his hometown, and why Jack Lisowski has the world at his feet.
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Still to come on sportinglife.com this week, our expert Richard Mann will be talking to former player and now broadcaster Neal Foulds, who will be covering the tournament for Eurosport.
Richard, who tipped Ronnie O'Sullivan antepost, has also added to his staking plan by siding with a two-time former champion. You can click here for his latest preview and there will be more to come throughout the event.