UK Championship seeds
Main News, Ranking

UK Championship top 16 seeds confirmed

The 2023 UK Championship is just around the corner and the top 16 seeds for York are now set in stone.

Last year’s edition of the calendar’s second biggest ranking tournament saw the format revert back to the old tiered system.

Similar to how the World Championship operates, the top 16 from the world rankings list will be UK Championship seeds – gaining automatic places in the last 32 at the Barbican Centre.

The remaining 16 spots in the lineup will be determined by a qualifying phase that takes place next week in Leicester.

Zhang Anda’s outstanding victory in the International Championship on Sunday has seen the vastly improved Chinese player join the top 16 for the first time in his career.

The 31 year-old collected a whopping £175,000 in securing his maiden ranking title in Tianjin, elevating him to number 15 on the official two-year standings.

Zhang couldn’t have timed his finest career performance much better – coming at the cut-off point in the Race to the UK Championship rankings.

Despite his defeat in the title decider, Tom Ford’s £75,000 runners-up cheque proved to be enough to see him also become a top 16 member for the first time.

The pair’s elation will be met with equal despair for Ding Junhui and Hossein Vafaei, who have been dumped into the preliminaries at the Morningside Arena.

Ding was a UK Championship finalist in 2022 but will now need to win two qualifying matches if he’s to have another crack at glory in York.

As the reigning champion, meanwhile, Mark Allen will be the top seed in the UK Championship draw.

World champion Luca Brecel is the second seed, with world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan and the in-form Judd Trump among those who are safely into the last 32 as well.

The venue stages of the UK Championship begin on November 25th with the champion to be crowned on December 3rd.

This season’s most lucrative prize so far will be on offer – the winner set to receive £250,000.

The four-round qualifying event will run from November 18th to 23rd.

UK Championship top 16 seeds

1. Mark Allen (defending champion)
2. Luca Brecel (world champion)
3. Ronnie O’Sullivan
4. Judd Trump
5. Mark Selby
6. Neil Robertson
7. Shaun Murphy
8. Kyren Wilson
9. Mark Williams
10. Ali Carter
11. John Higgins
12. Barry Hawkins
13. Jack Lisowski
14. Robert Milkins
15. Zhang Anda
16. Tom Ford

Other ranking news

Zhang’s victory in China over the weekend will bring with it various other opportunities and bonuses.

In addition to receiving an invitation to play in this week’s Champion of Champions, Mighty Mouse is also provisionally in line to receive a spot at the Masters in January.

He will definitely feature at the World Grand Prix, the first of three lucrative ranking events where qualification is based on the one-year ranking list.

With almost a quarter of a million pounds earned this term, Zhang will safely compete at the Players and Tour Championships too.

The World Grand Prix, though, is the most immediate of those on the schedule with 32 players participating in Leicester in January.

Judd Trump leads the one-year rankings thanks to his terrific hat-trick of ranking victories in October.

Among the high-profile players in danger of missing out currently are Luca Brecel, Neil Robertson, and Kyren Wilson.

There are three more chances to earn money before the World Grand Prix, starting with the UK Championship later in November.

Race to World Grand Prix provisional rankings

Provisional1-Year RankingsUpdated: Nov 13, 2023
1Judd Trump£353,000
2Zhang Anda£230,500
3Mark Williams£147,500
4Barry Hawkins£144,500
5Tom Ford£116,500
6Ali Carter£104,500
7Mark Selby£84,000
8Chris Wakelin£70,500
9Lyu Haotian£67,500
10Ronnie O’Sullivan£56,500
11John Higgins£56,500
12Jack Lisowski£56,500
13Xiao Guodong£56,500
14Shaun Murphy£56,000
15Stephen Maguire£52,500
16Jordan Brown£49,000
17Noppon Saengkham£46,500
18Ding Junhui£45,500
19David Gilbert£43,500
20Wu Yize£42,500
21Zhou Yuelong£40,500
22Yuan Sijun£40,500
23Ricky Walden£39,000
24Hossein Vafaei£39,000
25Matthew Selt£38,500
26Mark Allen£38,500
27Si Jiahui£36,000
28Ryan Day£35,000
29He Guoqiang£34,500
30Thepchaiya Un-Nooh£34,000
31Ashley Carty£32,000
32Stuart Bingham£31,500
35Kyren Wilson£31,000
51Robert Milkins£24,500
63Luca Brecel£20,000
74Neil Robertson£15,500
Click here for the updated provisional one-year list

Featured photo credit: WST

One Comment

  1. Daniel White

    I’m glad the the UK Championship has had a bit of polishing up recently; with the rise of several prominent tournaments plus the home nations series and the return of the British Open, combined with the reduction in match sizes at the UK it had really started to suffer and frankly didn’t seem like a tournament worth being billed as a component of a triple crown brand. It certainly has more kudos again now. Whether it’s really a true “top three tournament”, regardless of branding, even with its recent resurgence, is another debate in my mind.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.