The first round draw for snooker’s 2009 Grand Prix will be available to watch live online, free of charge, on the evening of Thursday, September 24.
The Grand Prix is unique among World Snooker tournaments in that it encompasses a random draw for every round. The first round draw is seeded – so each of the top 16 will be drawn against a qualifier. Then the remaining draws, which take place live on BBC during the televised stages, are completely random, raising the possibility of the big guns going head to head in the second round.
The format was used for the first time last year and was considered a great success by fans and players, with the live draws adding an extra element of excitement. As expected, the second round featured clashes of the top players, with Ronnie O’Sullivan facing 2007 champion Marco Fu, and Great Scots John Higgins and Stephen Hendry going head to head.
Higgins will aim to defend his crown against the likes of O’Sullivan, Hendry, Shaun Murphy, Mark Selby and home favourite Stephen Maguire from October 3 to 11 at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow.
Tickets are available – for details call 0871 230 1092 or visit WorldSnooker.com/GrandPrix