Ronnie O’Sullivan Will not Defend his Champion of Champions Title

Ronnie O’Sullivan Will not Defend his Champion of Champions TitleFive-time World Snooker Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan will not play in this year’s Champion of Champions.

Five-time World Snooker Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan will not play in this year’s Champion of Champions.

O’Sullivan, who has won the tournament twice since reprised in 2013, declined his invitation to defend the title.

The Rocket beat Stuart Bingham 10-8 in 2013 Champion of Champions final and Judd Trump 10-7 in 2014 final.

O’Sullivan’s decision not to play in the Champion of Champions opens the door for Ruhr Open winner Rory McLeod, who will now be assured of an invite to play in the event.

The winner of the International Championship will receive the final invite.

Writing on Twitter last week, O’Sullivan said: “I don’t want fans buying tickets for Coventry thinking I’m playing. I said I hadn’t entered weeks ago. Nothing’s changed.”

The tournament will start with a quartet of four-man groups, with the winner of each group progressing to the semi-finals. The final on Sunday November 15 will be over 19 frames.

Reigning World Champion Stuart Bingham will play the opening match on Tuesday, November 10 against an unseeded player to be drawn into Group 3 once the field is complete.

Bingham will play the opening match on Tuesday, November 10

Bingham will play the opening match on Tuesday November 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tournament Draw- World Snooker

Tournament Format- World Snooker