2022 World Snooker Championship qualifying
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2022 World Snooker Championship Qualifying Draw

The 2022 World Snooker Championship qualifying draw has been made and is available online.

Initially leaked on social media early on Tuesday morning, it has since officially been released by the World Snooker Tour.

A total of 128 players will compete at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield for 16 available spots at the Crucible Theatre.

The top 16 members from the official world rankings list have already qualified automatically.

But several more familiar names will be in action across the 10-day preliminary competition that takes place between April 4 and April 13.

Former world number one Ding Junhui is arguably the most high-profile competitor in the field, with former world champions Ken Doherty and Graeme Dott also involved.

David Gilbert, Hossein Vafaei, Joe Perry, Robert Milkins, and Fan Zhengyi – all ranking event winners this term – are also in the hunt for the coveted places.

Six-time World Championship runner-up Jimmy White, former world number two Stephen Maguire, and returning pro Marco Fu are other notable entrants.

Like last year, there will be four qualifying rounds in total with players entering the fray at different points depending on their ranking seeding.

Competitors ranked from 81 and below in the official standings will battle it out at the first hurdle alongside 16 invited international amateurs and top-ups.

The 32 winners enter the second round and face the players ranked from 49 to 80, before those in the 17 to 48 bracket enter in round three.

The final 32 contenders will finally go head-to-head on what is known as Judgement Day in the 2022 World Snooker Championship qualifying draw.

All matches will be the best of eleven frames until the final round, which will see the format increase to 19 frames.

The venue stages for the 2022 World Snooker Championship will subsequently get under way on April 16.

Scroll through the images below to view the draw in full, or click here.

Featured photo credit: World Snooker Tour

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