Jimmy White will be in action as he attempts to defend the crown he won twelve months ago in Sheffield.
The 2020 World Seniors Championship draw has been made on Sunday, with 16 players set to compete for the World Seniors Tour’s top prize later this month.
The Crucible Theatre plays host to the game’s top stars at present, but it’ll be the turn of the over-40s between August 19th and 22nd at the sport’s spiritual home.
Jimmy White will attempt to reign again after capturing his second world seniors title a year ago with a 5-3 triumph against Darren Morgan.
The “Whirlwind”, a record five-time tournament winner on the World Seniors Tour overall, faces 1986 world champion Joe Johnson in the last 16.
White will be given a stern test in a World Seniors Championship draw that also includes the likes of seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry and UK seniors champion Michael Judge.
The latter will tackle Dennis Taylor in the first round, while Hendry will start his bid for a maiden seniors trophy against Nigel Bond in what is a repeat of the 1995 World Championship final.
Another interesting all-Irish clash pits Ken Doherty against Rodney Goggins, Morgan encounters Patrick Wallace, and Aaron Canavan meets Leo Fernandez.
Elsewhere, Tony Drago clashes with Gary Filtness and Peter Lines has been paired with Tony Knowles.
For the first time the tournament will be broadcast live on BBC digital platforms with selected matches available on the Red Button.
Coverage in China will be shown on major digital TV platforms and across the USA via the Matchroom.Live streaming service.
The inclusion of current professional players has been made possible following a landmark new agreement between WSS and the World Snooker Tour which will now allow lower ranked tour players over 40 to compete at WSS events.
Jason Francis, WSS Chairman recently said: “The ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Tour has gone from strength to strength and despite these difficult times globally we are delighted to be able to deliver a truly world class event live on the BBC and around the world.”
“I would like to thank our title sponsor ROKiT Phones for their continued support and look forward to seeing some fantastic snooker played later this month.”
— Jason Francis (@Snookerlegends) August 9, 2020
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Jason Ferguson, WPBSA Chairman said ahead of the 2020 World Seniors Championship draw: “It is always such a treat to see snooker’s grand masters reappear at the Crucible Theatre.”
“Few could forget the great sporting moments and entertainment these former champions have given us.
“The WPBSA strategy is to grow a sport for all, from aspiring juniors, elite amateurs, professional tour players through to the incredible entertainment of the ROKiT World Seniors Tour.
“Snooker is a sport for life, and I would like to thank ROKiT Phones, our broadcasters, and partners for the opportunity to add this great event and tour to our group.”
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