SNOOKER returns to Yushan for the first time since 2019 when the World Open returns – and Ronnie O’Sullivan plays TODAY.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the competition has not been held in the last three seasons.

Ronnie O'Sullivan has confirmed he will play his first match at the World Open in China today


Ronnie O’Sullivan has confirmed he will play his first match at the World Open in China today

Judd Trump is the defending champion from 2019, but a number of snooker stars – including Ronnie O’Sullivan – will be vying for his crown and impressive prize money.

Here’s everything you need to know about the World Open 2024.

When will the World Open Snooker 2024 take place?

The World Open starts on Monday March 18th2024 and runs daily until the final on Sunday March 24th2024.

The ranking event will take place at the Yushan Sports Center in Yushan, China. The qualifiers took place at the Barnsley Metrodome in January earlier this year.

The tournament is a knockout tournament with 64 players competing for the top prize.

There are 32 seeded players, with some players yet to complete their qualification in rescheduled matches, also taking place on March 18.

The meetings in the first rounds will take place at 6.30 a.m And 11.30am UK time: 2:30pm and 7:30pm local time.

How can I watch World Open Snooker 2024?

The World Open will be shown on Eurosport 1 in the UK, but can also be streamed Discovery+.

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Alternatively, viewers can also stream it live via the Website/app with daily/monthly/yearly subscriptions.

A day pass costs £1.99 and the monthly pass costs £5.99, while the annual subscription costs £49.99.

SunSport will also be live blogging the final part of the tournament.

Who will play at the World Open Snooker 2024?

Many of the world’s best players have already qualified for the World Open, with Ronnie O’Sullivan confirming it will be one of two tournaments he will play in before the World Championships in mid-April – the other being the Tour Championship in Manchester.

The Rocket is scheduled to play Welsh world number 62 Michael White in the first round.

Judd Trump is the defending champion


Judd Trump is the defending championPhoto credit: Getty

Former world champions John Higgins, Neil Robertson, Shaun Murphy, Graeme Dott and Mark Selby also qualified – Selby is already in the second round after Adam Duffy withdrew.

Reigning world champion Luca Brecel, current world No. 1 Judd Trump and Chinese superstar Ding Junhui all face a qualifying match but are expected to go far in the competition.

World Open Snooker 2024 schedule

This is the order of play before the tournament begins. Later rounds will be determined as players progress through the competition.

Monday March 18th


  • Luca Brecel 5-1 Manasawin Phetmalaikul
  • Jordan Brown 5-1 Lan Yuhao
  • Sanderson Lam 5-4 Gong Chenzi
  • Wang Xinbo 5:1 Wang Xinzhong
  • Judd Trump 5-2 Rory Thor
  • Zhang Anda 5-3 Allan Taylor
  • Ding Junhui 5-3 Zak Surety
  • Matthew Selt 4-5 Wang Xinbo

First round

  • Ali Carter 5-3 Louis Heathcote
  • Mark Selby (Walkover) vs. Adam Duffy
  • Hossein Vafaei 5-1 Graeme Dott
  • Robbie Williams 5-4 Tom Ford
  • Stuart Carrington 4-5 David Lilley
  • Lucas Kleckers 4-5 Dominic Dale
  • Robert Milkins (Walkover) against Sam Craigie
  • Sean O’Sullivan 1-5 Joe Perry
  • Si Jiahui 2-5 Long Zehuang
  • Xu Si 3-5 Shaun Murphy
  • Ishpreet Sing Chadha 3-5 Yuan Sijun
  • David Grace 4-5 Kyren Wilson
  • Jak Jones 0-5 Ashley Hugill
  • Jamie Jones 4-5 Ricky Walden
  • Jenson Kendrick 2-5 Barry Hawkins
  • Daniel Wells 5-3 Mark Allen

Tuesday March 18th

First round

  • Oliver Brown 2-5 Luca Brecel
  • John Higgins 3-5 Jackson Page
  • Liu Hongyu 2-5 Ding Junhui
  • Zhou Yuelong 1-5 Wu Yize
  • Ben Woollaston (Walkover) against Iulian Boiko
  • David Gilbert vs Fan Zhengyi (Crossing)
  • Lyu Haotian vs. Aaron Hill – 6:30
  • Stephen Maguire vs Pang Junxu – 6.30am
  • Elliot Slessor vs. Anda Zhang – 6:30
  • Cao Yupeng vs Noppon Saengkham – 11:30am
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Michael White – 11.30am
  • Neil Robertson vs Tian Pengfei – 11.30am
  • Matthew Stevens vs Ryan Day – 11:30am
  • Judd Trump vs. Sanderson Lam – 11:30am
  • Cameron Wakelin vs Jordan Brown – 11:30am

Wednesday March 19th

Second round

  • Dominic Dale vs David Lilley – 1:30
  • Ashley Hugill vs. Kyren Wilson – 1:30
  • Robert Milkins vs. Hossein Vafaei – 1:30
  • Jackson Page vs. Wu Yize – 1:30
  • Joe Perry vs. Shaun Murphy – 1:30
  • Mark Selby vs Long Zehuang – 1.30am
  • Ricky Walden vs. Ben Woollaston – 1:30
  • Robbie Williams vs. Barry Hawkins – 1:30

Thursday March 20th to Sunday March 24th

World Open Snooker 2024 prize money

The World Open is one of the highest-profile events of the season and has a total prize pot of £815,000, with the winner receiving £170,000.

The breakdown is as follows:

  • winner: £170,000
  • Second: £73,000
  • Semifinals: £32,500
  • Quarterfinals: £21,500
  • Last 16: £14,000
  • Last 32: £9,000
  • Last 64: £5,000
  • Highest break: £5,000

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