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Ronnie O'Sullivan lands tough Masters start


On cue: Ronnie O’Sullivan will square up to Mark Williams

On cue: Ronnie O’Sullivan will square up to Mark Williams

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On cue: Ronnie O’Sullivan will square up to Mark Williams

Ronnie O'Sullivan will face Mark Williams when he plays his first televised match of the season at the Masters next month.

O'Sullivan is yet to compete on the World Snooker tour so far this campaign but he'll be back on the major stage at Alexandra Palace in January.

The Rocket has won the Masters five times but he'll face a tough task in the opening round this time, having been drawn against two-time World champion Williams. That match will take place on Tuesday, January 12 at 1pm.

And Antrim cueman Mark Allen couldn't have asked for a tougher opening.

He will take on Shaun Murphy, who won the Masters - snooker's most prestigious invitation event - for the first time last year, with that match to launch the tournament on Sunday, January 10 at 1pm.

Newly-crowned UK Champion Neil Robertson takes on Marco Fu while World champion Stuart Bingham faces China's Ding Junhui. UK Championship finalist Liang Wenbo will make his Masters debut against John Higgins.

Full draw: Shaun Murphy v Mark Allen (Sunday January 10 at 1pm); Barry Hawkins v Joe Perry ((Monday January 11 at 7pm); Judd Trump v Stephen Maguire (Monday January 11 at 1pm); Neil Robertson v Marco Fu (Wednesday January 13 at 7pm); Mark Selby v Ricky Walden (Tuesday January 12 at 7pm);

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Ronnie O'Sullivan v Mark Williams (Tuesday January 12 at 1pm); John Higgins v Liang Wenbo (Wednesday January 13 at 1pm); Stuart Bingham v Ding Junhui (Sunday January 10 at 7pm).

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