In the opening round of the 2022 British Open, Ronnie O’Sullivan will make his widely anticipated comeback to snooker against Alexander Ursenbacher. The previous year, Mark Williams won the title again by defeating Gary Wilson 6-4 in the championship match. Here is everything you need to know about the British Open, which for the first time this season will feature nearly all of snooker’s top players.
The British Open marks the start of the 2022–23 snooker season, and Ronnie O’Sullivan will play in the tournament after a little break for the first time since July.
O’Sullivan revealed he had a tennis elbow and hasn’t participated in a competitive match for more than two months due to health issues.
28 years after winning the 1994 British Open by defeating Thai legend James Wattana 9-4, the 46-year-old will be vying for a second title.
The defending champion is Mark Williams, who has been in his best physical shape recently, as seen by his close loss to Judd Trump in a memorable World Championship semifinal.
In the third ranking tournament of the season, Judd Trump, John Higgins, Mark Selby, and Zhao Xintong might all advance far.
WHEN IS THE BRITISH OPEN 2022? AND WHERE?
The British Open will take place in the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, from September 26 to October 2.
When snooker made a comeback after the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and 2021, the facility was frequently used.
HOW TO WATCH THE BRITISH OPEN 2022
ITV4 will broadcast the British Open in the UK from Monday, September 26 to Sunday, October 2 at 13:00 and 19:00 each day.
Discover+ and Eurosport are the only live streaming options for the remainder of Europe.
On a daily basis, news and reports will be posted online at eurosport.co.uk.
WHO IS PLAYING? RONNIE O’SULLIVAN RETURNS
The top 16 seeds’ qualifying matches have been postponed until the first day of competition.
Following a medical absence from the European Masters due to tennis elbow in the summer, O’Sullivan will make his anxiously anticipated comeback.
The world champion will compete for the first time since July against Alexander Ursenbacher, while Williams, the reigning champion, will face Andres Petrov, and Trump, Dean Young.
Ng On-yee defeated Ken Doherty 4-3 in qualifying, describing it as “one of the best matches of her life.”
Ali Carter lost unexpectedly 4-1 to world No. 71 Hammad Miah, and fan favourites Jimmy White and Stephen Hendry also lost.
WHERE IS NEIL ROBERTSON
Neil Robertson has made the decision to forgo participating in the opening events of the upcoming snooker season, including the Championship League, European Masters, and British Open.
Robertson said, “I have a young family now, so I don’t need to play in every tournament these days.
“I used to participate in most tournaments, but now I just play for enjoyment. My family means a lot to me and they motivate me to succeed ” When I win tournaments, having them there gives you a really good rush; these are the memories I love making.
WHAT FORMAT WILL THE BRITISH OPEN 2022 HAVE?
The competition will play best of seven frames up to and including the Last 16, which is a minor change from last year. The quarterfinal matches will be best of nine frames, the semifinal matches will be best of eleven frames, and the championship match will be best of 19.
A top player may face another top player before the event’s later stages because the draw after round two is open.
WHAT IS THE BRITISH OPEN 2022 SCHEDULE? (UK TIME)
Monday September 26 – Two sessions at 13:00 and 19:00: 16 held-over Round 1 matches
Tuesday September 27 – Three sessions at 10:00, 13:00 and 19:00: Last 64 matches
Wednesday September 28 – Three sessions at 10:00, 13:00 and 19:00: Last 32 matches
Thursday September 29 – Two sessions at 13:00 and 19:00: Last 16 matches
Friday September 30– Two sessions at 13:00 and 19:00: Two quarter-finals in the afternoon and two in the evening
Saturday October 1 – Semi-final 1 at 13:00 and Semi-final 2 at 19:00
Sunday October 2– Final held across two sessions at 13:00 and 19:00
BRITISH OPEN LAST 64 DRAW IN FULL
Jamie Jones v Elliot Slessor
Zhao Xintong or Bai Langning v Stuart Bingham or Lei Peifan
Ding Junhui v Hossein Vafaei or Joe Perry
Zhang Jiankang v Jak Jones
David Gilbert v Lyu Haotian
Mark Selby or Ricky Walden v Mark Joyce
Jordan Brown v Ng On Yee
Craig Steadman v Ben Mertens
Jack Lisowski or Dominic Dale v Mitchell Mann
John Higgins or Andy Hicks v Yuan Sijun
Luca Brecel or Graeme Dott v Anthony McGill or Wu Yize
David Grace v Xu Si
Dean Young v Judd Trump or Si Jiahui
Li Hang v Mark Allen or Stuart Carrington
Andy Lee v Yan Bingtao or Oliver Brown
Gerard Greene v Ryan Day
Lu Ning v Zhou Yuelong
Ben Woollaston v Mark Williams or Andres Petrov
Tian Pengfei v Jimmy Robertson
Robbie Williams v Lukas Kleckers
Anthony Hamilton v Jamie Clarke
Kyren Wilson or Mark Davis v Barry Hawkins or Duane Jones
Noppon Saengkham v Fraser Patrick
Chen Zifan v Ross Muir
John Astley v Chang Bingyu
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh v Matthew Stevens
Xiao Guodong v Peter Lines
Ronnie O’Sullivan or Alexander Ursenbacher v Joe O’Connor
Dylan Emery v Cao Yupeng
Shaun Murphy or Gary Wilson v Zhang Anda
Zhao Jianbo v Ian Burns
Steven Hallworth v Hammad Miahg