VIDEO PREVIEW: World Snooker's English Open draw brings Ronnie O'Sullivan and other big names to K2 Crawley

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Defending snooker champ Ronnie O’Sullivan has been drawn against Kurt Maflin in the first round of next week’s English Open.

The tournament at K2 Crawley runs from October 15 to 21, with 128 players competing for the Steve Davis Trophy.

O’Sullivan beat Kyren Wilson 9-2 in last year’s final and is now set to play in a ranking event for the first time this season.

He will face Norway’s Maflin on Monday October 15 (not before 1pm).

World Champion Mark Williams will take on fellow Welshman Dominic Dale in the same session. And in Monday’s evening session, world number one Mark Selby will play Sanderson Lam.

On Tuesday October 16, showpiece matches will include John Higgins facing Li Yuan and Judd Trump playing Robin Hull.

FULL DRAW: For full details - CLICK HERE.

EVENT FORMAT: For full details of the eent format and timings - CLICK HERE.

Televised by Eurosport and Quest, it is the first of the season’s Home Nations series, to be followed by tournaments in Belfast, Glasgow and Cardiff. Any player winning all four trophies will bank a massive £1 million bonus.

BUY TICKETS: Tickets are on sale now and start at £10 – with up to eight tables in play during the early rounds and the chance to see many of the best snooker stars on the planet showcasing their skills.

Defending English Open champ Ronnie O'Sullivan at K2 Crawley on Monday, October 15.

Defending English Open champ Ronnie O'Sullivan at K2 Crawley on Monday, October 15.

All-day tickets start at £20 and there are a limited number of tickets available for the showpiece final on Sunday October 21, with all-day tickets at £55. There are also a limited number of Event Passes which give access to every session of the tournament for just £160.

For ticket details call 0871 620 7052 - or CLICK HERE.

Mark Willams

Mark Willams

English Open bringing World Snooker's top stars to Crawley

English Open bringing World Snooker's top stars to Crawley

World Snooker and its big name stars coming to town

World Snooker and its big name stars coming to town

Current English Open champ Ronnie O'Sullivan with the Steve Davis Trophy

Current English Open champ Ronnie O'Sullivan with the Steve Davis Trophy

Mark Selby

Mark Selby