Alexandra Palace has hosted the Masters since 2012
Ronnie O’Sullivan will begin the defence of his Dafabet Masters title against Marco Fu next month.
The draw for snooker’s biggest invitation event has been done and the tournament will run from January 14 to 21 at Alexandra Palace in North London.
O’Sullivan won the title for a record seventh time last season when he beat Joe Perry in the final. This time he’ll face Hong Kong’s Fu in the opening round on Tuesday January 16 at 1pm.
World Champion Mark Selby has been drawn against two-time Masters king Mark Williams, and that will be the opening match of the tournament on Sunday January 14 at 1pm.
Judd Trump will take on Chinese ace Liang Wenbo while John Higgins faces an all-Scottish clash with Masters debutant Anthony McGill.
The Dafabet Masters is one of snooker’s Triple Crown events, with a rich history dating back to 1975.
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Ronnie O’Sullivan v Marco Fu (Tuesday January 16 at 1pm)
Mark Allen v Luca Brecel (Sunday January 14 at 7pm)
John Higgins v Anthony McGill (Wednesday January 17 at 7pm)
Ding Junhui v Ryan Day (Monday January 15 at 1pm)
Judd Trump v Liang Wenbo (Monday January 15 at 7pm)
Shaun Murphy v Ali Carter (Wednesday January 17 at 1pm)
Barry Hawkins v Kyren Wilson (Tuesday January 16 at 7pm)
Mark Selby v Mark Williams (Sunday January 14 at 1pm)