Ronnie O'Sullivan handed kind opener at snooker's UK Championship

Ronnie O'Sullivan after winning his sixth UK Championship
Ronnie O'Sullivan after winning his sixth UK Championship

Ronnie O'Sullivan will open his defence of the Betway UK Championship against Luke Simmonds.

O'Sullivan, a six-time winner of the event, will kick off against Simmonds in York next Thursday.

The 42-year-old heads to Yorkshire 22 centuries short as he chases becoming the first player to reach 1,000 in his career.

World champion Mark Williams begins against Adam Duffy, while world number one Mark Selby faces James Cahill.

Judd Trump, who beat O'Sullivan 9-7 to win the Northern Ireland Open on Sunday, meets David Lilley.

Notable matches

  • Ding Junhui v Adam Stefanow – Tuesday November 27, 2.30pm
  • Neil Robertson v Kishan Hirani – Tuesday November 27, 2.30pm
  • Judd Trump v David Lilley – Tuesday November 27, 7.30pm
  • Shaun Murphy v Chen Feilong – Wednesday November 28, 2.30pm
  • John Higgins v Dechawat Poomjaeng – Wednesday November 28, 7.30pm
  • Mark Allen v Basem Eltahhan – Wednesday November 28, 7.30pm
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan v Luke Simmonds – Thursday November 29, 2.30pm
  • Barry Hawkins v Jamie Clarke – Thursday November 29, 2.30pm
  • Mark Selby v James Cahill – Thursday November 29, 7.30pm
  • Mark Williams v Adam Duffy – Thursday November 29, 7.30pm

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