The 2024 German Masters begins on Monday at the Tempodrom in Berlin with a lot of the marquee names in the draw.
An expanded edition of the popular tournament means the top eight seeds have had their round-of-128 fixtures held over to the venue stages.
Unfortunately for the German fans, that won’t include the in-form Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Last week’s World Grand Prix champion had indicated that he would miss some of the upcoming events on the calendar, and he confirmed his absence on Friday through social media.
Even so, it still promises to be an exciting week of action at one of snooker’s most loved venues.
Prize, history, and format
There’s a top prize worth £80,000 on offer for the 2024 German Masters with the event representing the seventh outing on the ongoing European Series schedule.
The player with the most prize money accumulated following eight events sponsored by BetVictor this term will accrue a tidy bonus of £150,000.
Already boasting a lead of more than £100,000 in the rankings, Judd Trump could guarantee himself that jackpot depending on how results materialise this week.
First staged in its current guise at the Tempodrom in 2011, Trump is a two-time former German Masters champion.
Mark Williams and reigning champion Ali Carter have also won the tournament twice, while Mark Selby and Kyren Wilson are the other former champions in the 2024 German Masters draw.
Matches are the best of nine frames until the quarter-finals, with the format increased to eleven frames for the semi-finals ahead of a best-of-19 final next Sunday.
2024 German Masters draw
Ali Carter won the title for a second time twelve months ago and returns as the top seed in the German Masters draw this year.
Despite this event being one of the most popular with fans on the annual schedule, the 2023 edition was poorly received amid the absence of most of the tour’s main stars.
That has led to a tweak this season that reduced the preliminary qualifiers from two rounds to one, which was staged in December.
The top eight ranked players from the world rankings have additionally had their opening fixtures in the competition deferred to the Tempodrom.
Carter, then, begins his defence on the opening day against Michael White with world champion Luca Brecel encountering Ishpreet Singh Chadha.
Judd Trump, Mark Allen, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, and Shaun Murphy are the other seeds to have had their round-of-128 fixtures held over.
Among those, Trump’s tie is arguably the most fascinating with the world number two entertaining Germany’s own Lukas Kleckers.
World number one Ronnie O’Sullivan has been replaced in the draw by veteran Barry Pinches, who takes on Julien Leclercq instead.
Among those who have already reached the last 64 from the qualifiers are Mark Williams, Zhang Anda, and Barry Hawkins.
John Higgins, meanwhile, is already into the last 32 following the withdrawal of former champion Martin Gould.
Elliot Slessor has reached that stage too after opponent Hossein Vafeai was forced to pull out because of visa issues.
2024 German Masters draw
Round of 128 (bo9)
Ali Carter 5-4 Michael White
Peng Yisong 5-4 Alfie Burden
Pang Junxu 5-2 Jimmy White
Haydon Pinhey 5-3 Rod Lawler
Zak Surety 5-3 Jack Lisowski
Alexander Ursenbacher 5-0 Ma Hailong
Hossein Vafaei 5-0 Mink Nutcharut
Elliot Slessor 5-2 Iulian Boiko
Sam Craigie 5-2 Sean O’Sullivan
Liam Pullen 5-1 Stuart Bingham
He Guoqiang 5-4 John Astley
Mark Williams 5-3 David Grace
Graeme Dott 5-3 Victor Sarkis
Ashley Carty 5-2 Noppon Saengkham
Andrew Higginson 5-4 Jiang Jun
Shaun Murphy 3-5 Xu Si
Mark Allen 5-4 Manasawin Phetmalaikul
Louis Heathcote 5-1 Andy Lee
Stephen Maguire 5-1 Rebecca Kenna
Joe O’Connor 5-2 Andy Hicks
John Higgins 5-3 Daniel Wells
Martin Gould 5-4 James Cahill
Zhou Yuelong 5-4 Jak Jones
Tian Pengfei 5-4 Reanne Evans
Jamie Clarke 5-3 Hammad Miah
Scott Donaldson 5-4 Gary Wilson
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 5-1 Jamie Jones
Zhang Anda 5-3 Mostafa Dorgham
Martin O’Donnell 5-2 Himanshu Dain
Matthew Selt 5-4 Dylan Emery
Matthew Stevens 5-3 Anton Kazakov
Judd Trump 5-0 Lukas Kleckers
Barry Pinches 2-5 Julien Leclercq
Ken Doherty 5-0 Jenson Kendrick
David Gilbert 5-0 Dean Young
Jordan Brown 5-4 Long Zehuang
Robert Milkins 5-4 Allan Taylor
Robbie Williams 5-3 Jackson Page
Ryan Day 5-3 Stan Moody
Oliver Brown 5-0 Andres Petrov
Andrew Pagett 5-3 Ahmed Aly Elsayed
Chris Wakelin 5-3 Mohamed Ibrahim
Aaron Hill 5-3 Muhammad Asif
Yuan Sijun 5-2 Ding Junhui
Mark Joyce 5-1 Wu Yize
Si Jiahui 5-4 Lyu Haotian
Alfie Davies 5-4 Sydney Wilson
Mark Selby 1-5 Marco Fu
Neil Robertson 5-1 Sanderson Lam
Jimmy Robertson 5-3 Liam Highfield
Joe Perry 5-0 Ryan Thomerson
Xing Zihao 5-1 Ross Muir
Kyren Wilson 5-3 Oliver Lines
Ben Woollaston 5-1 Anthony Hamilton
Ricky Walden 5-1 Adam Duffy
David Lilley 5-2 Liam Graham
Xiao Guodong 5-1 Ian Burns
Tom Ford 5-0 Baipat Siripaporn
Mark Davis 5-2 Ashley Hugill
Barry Hawkins 5-2 Stuart Carrington
Ben Mertens 5-3 Rory Thor
Fan Zhengyi 5-1 Cao Yupeng
Liu Hongyu 5-0 Dominic Dale
Luca Brecel 2-5 Ishpreet Singh Chadha
Round of 64 (bo9)
Ali Carter 5-1 Peng Yisong
Pang Junxu 5-1 Haydon Pinhey
Zak Surety 5-2 Alexander Ursenbacher
Elliot Slessor w/o Hossein Vafaei
Sam Craigie 5-2 Liam Pullen
He Guoqiang 5-1 Mark Williams
Graeme Dott 5-2 Ashley Carty
Andrew Higginson 2-5 Xu Si
Mark Allen 5-2 Louis Heathcote
Stephen Maguire 3-5 Joe O’Connor
John Higgins w/o Martin Gould
Zhou Yuelong 5-0 Tian Pengfei
Jamie Clarke 5-2 Scott Donaldson
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 5-4 Zhang Anda
Martin O’Donnell 0-5 Matthew Selt
Matthew Stevens 3-5 Judd Trump
Julien Leclercq 5-3 Ken Doherty
David Gilbert 2-5 Jordan Brown
Robert Milkins 5-2 Robbie Williams
Ryan Day 5-3 Oliver Brown
Andrew Pagett 5-3 Chris Wakelin
Aaron Hill 1-5 Yuan Sijun
Mark Joyce 1-5 Si Jiahui
Alfie Davies 5-1 Marco Fu
Neil Robertson 5-0 Jimmy Robertson
Joe Perry 5-1 Xing Zihao
Kyren Wilson 5-1 Ben Woollaston
Ricky Walden 4-5 David Lilley
Xiao Guodong 1-5 Tom Ford
Mark Davis 5-1 Barry Hawkins
Ben Mertens 3-5 Fan Zhengyi
Liu Hongyu 3-5 Ishpreet Singh Chadha
Round of 32 (bo9)
Ali Carter 5-2 Pang Junxu
Zak Surety 5-2 Elliot Slessor
Sam Craigie 5-1 He Guoqiang
Graeme Dott 4-5 Xu Si
Mark Allen 5-2 Joe O’Connor
John Higgins 5-3 Zhou Yuelong
Jamie Clarke 1-5 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Matthew Selt 2-5 Judd Trump
Julien Leclercq 5-1 Jordan Brown
Robert Milkins 1-5 Ryan Day
Andrew Pagett 1-5 Yuan Sijun
Si Jiahui 5-1 Alfie Davies
Neil Robertson 5-1 Joe Perry
Kyren Wilson 5-1 David Lilley
Tom Ford 5-2 Mark Davis
Fan Zhengyi 5-2 Ishpreet Singh Chadha
Round of 16 (bo9)
Ali Carter 5-0 Zak Surety
Sam Craigie 5-4 Xu Si
Mark Allen 2-5 John Higgins
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 2-5 Judd Trump
Julien Leclercq 2-5 Ryan Day
Yuan Sijun 3-5 Si Jiahui
Neil Robertson 3-5 Kyren Wilson
Tom Ford 3-5 Fan Zhengyi
Ali Carter 1-5 Sam Craigie
John Higgins 2-5 Judd Trump
Ryan Day 1-5 Si Jiahui
Kyren Wilson 5-0 Fan Zhengyi
Sam Craigie 2-6 Judd Trump
Si Jiahui 6-3 Kyren Wilson
Judd Trump 10-5 Si Jiahui
How to watch the German Masters
Live coverage of the 2024 German Masters schedule will be available in Ireland, Britain, and across Europe via Eurosport and discovery+.
Here is the full list of global broadcasters, as published by the WST website:
Europe (including UK and Ireland)
Eurosport and discovery+
Hong Kong China
Malaysia and Brunei
Premier Sports Network
All other territories
Featured photo credit: WST