The draw for the qualifying stages of the 2014 World Championship has been made.
The rounds will take place from the 8th to the 16th of April at the Ponds Forge Sports Centre in Sheffield, with the last 32 of the main event beginning three days later at the Crucible.
There are many connotations for all of those concerned but of interesting note are the potential passages for legends Steve Davis and Jimmy White.
Both need wins in order to guarantee their place on the Main Tour for another season having flirted with the top 64 cut-off point in the world rankings for months.
Davis, provisionally outside the coveted spots, will open his quest with a match with either Craig Steadman or Jak Jones and could later face the likes of Dechawat Poomjaeng, a cult figure from the 2013 edition, and 1997 champion Ken Doherty.
White, who had a big win against David Morris today in the China Open, will initially do battle with Ian Burns or Fraser Patrick but could on to challenge Tian Pengfei and Peter Ebdon – another former world champ.
Ireland’s Morris’ first task will be to take on Swiss teenager Alexander Ursenbacher with victory guaranteeing a tie with Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.
A lot more will be written about the draw and its outcome over the coming fortnight.