They have fought their way through the gruelling ten-day preliminaries.
The qualifying rounds have almost reached a conclusion.
It has become one of the most exciting parts of the snooker calendar.
There’s not much longer to wait in order to discover the first qualifiers this year.
Only two wins stand between the remaining players and the Crucible.
The Welshman reached the last 16 in last year’s event.
The seven-time world champion won’t be returning to the Crucible Theatre this year.
A total of 32 players have already bitten the dust in this year’s tournament.
There will be a staggered return of fans throughout the 17-day event.