Snooker will return to the sporting calendar on June 1st after months of inactivity due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.
Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump are among the names who are set to feature in the Championship League snooker groups next month.
Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, Mark Allen, Stuart Bingham, and Kyren Wilson are other notable competitors set to return to action.
The field of 64 unsurprisingly generally only includes players who are from the UK or are based there, however.
A champion’s cheque worth £30,000 is on offer at the Marshall Arena, which boasts on-site accommodation that will assist the players and staff in upholding isolation measures.
All 128 World Snooker Tour card holders were invited to participate, with the top 64 who entered receiving a place in the tournament.
The Championship League snooker groups will be split into three phases, with all matches during all stages played as the best-of-four frames.
• GROUP MATCHES from June 1st to 8th will feature 16 groups of four players, with two groups played each day across two tables. The player who tops each group table will progress to Phase Two. Players will be awarded three points for a win and one point for a drawn match.
• GROUP WINNERS from June 9th to 10th sees the 16 group winners split into four further groups of four, with two groups per day also played over two tables.
• TOURNAMENT FINALS from June 11th will see the four Phase Two winners battle it out over one final group, played on one table, to determine the Championship League winner.
All players, staff, and contractors will be virus-tested prior to entering the venue and will be in isolation until their results are known.
Players will require a negative test result in order to enter the venue, and they will play all group matches on one day.
Snooker will be the first sport in the UK to provide professional competition after the government announced phased plans to lift restrictions.
The last event to be completed was in March, when Trump triumphed in the Gibraltar Open for a record-breaking sixth ranking title in a single season.
Championship League Snooker Groups
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