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 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.
Tournament Draw- World Snooker
Tournament Format- World Snooker