The draw for the 2022 Masters has been made during the mid-session interval of the UK Championship snooker final on Sunday.
Widely regarded as the sport’s second biggest tournament behind only the World Snooker Championship, the 2022 Masters draw once again features the top 16 in the official world rankings list.
Yan Bingtao is the top seed after his maiden victory in the Triple Crown event last January – when the 21 year-old overcame John Higgins to raise the trophy aloft in Milton Keynes.
The 2022 Masters will see the prestigious snooker competition make its return to the Alexandra Palace in London, with China’s Yan getting Mark Williams in the first-round draw.
Record seven-time winner Ronnie O’Sullivan will be in action in the last 16 against Jack Lisowski, while Judd Trump has been paired with Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen.
Two-time former champion Higgins has drawn UK Championship winner Zhao Xintong, who rises into the top 16 for the first time on the back of his success in York.
Reigning world champion Mark Selby entertains Stephen Maguire, Neil Robertson faces Anthony McGill, and Shaun Murphy plays Barry Hawkins.
World number five Kyren Wilson, the only member from the top eight seeds who has never triumphed in the event before, will be challenged by 2020 champion Stuart Bingham.
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The 2022 Masters takes place from January 9 to January 16, with a huge prize on offer as well as the Paul Hunter Trophy.
2022 Masters Snooker Draw
Yan Bingtao (1) vs Mark Williams
John Higgins (8) vs Zhao Xintong
Neil Robertson (5) vs Anthony McGill
Ronnie O’Sullivan (4) vs Jack Lisowski
Judd Trump (3) vs Mark Allen
Kyren Wilson (6) vs Stuart Bingham
Shaun Murphy (7) vs Barry Hawkins
Mark Selby (2) vs Stephen Maguire
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