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2024 Masters: Schedule confirmed as Ronnie O’Sullivan takes on Ding Junhui in first round headliner

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Ding Junhui will clash again in the first round of the Masters at Alexandra Palace in London next month, with the fixtures for snooker’s biggest invitation event now confirmed.

The tournament will run from January 7 to 14 and a small number of tickets for certain sessions are still available despite over 98% of standard tickets having already been sold.

World Champion Luca Brecel will face Jack Lisowski in the opening match at 1pm on Sunday January 7th.

On Monday January 8th at 1pm, O’Sullivan will meet Ding in a repeat of the UK Championship final, which the Rocket won 10-7 to capture his 22nd Triple Crown title.

The full schedule is below, with seedings of the top eight in brackets.


Sunday January 7th

1pm: (2) Luca Brecel v Jack Lisowski

7pm: (7) Shaun Murphy v Zhang Anda


Monday January 8th

1pm: (3) Ronnie O’Sullivan v Ding Junhui

7pm: (8) Mark Williams v Ali Carter


Tuesday January 9th

1pm: (1) Judd Trump v Kyren Wilson

7pm: (6) Neil Robertson v Barry Hawkins


Wednesday January 10th

1pm: (4) Mark Allen v John Higgins

7pm: (5) Mark Selby v Robert Milkins



Thursday January 11th

1pm: QF3 O’Sullivan or Ding v Robertson or Hawkins

7pm: QF4 Brecel or Lisowski v Murphy or Zhang


Friday January 12th

1pm: QF1 Trump or Wilson v Williams or Carter

7pm: QF2 Allen or Higgins v Selby or Milkins



Saturday January 13th

1pm: Winner of QF3 v Winner of QF4

7pm: Winner of QF1 v Winner of QF2



Sunday January 14th

1pm and 7pm.


Judd Trump will be defending the title having beaten Mark Williams in last season’s final. As always, the field is packed with snooker’s greatest stars, as only the world’s top 16 earn the chance to compete for the Paul Hunter Trophy and £250,000 top prize.

In recent years the Masters has gained a reputation for its extraordinary atmosphere, with up to 2,000 fans packing the fabulous Alexandra Palace arena.

And aside from the action on the baize, there is so much to experience for fans at the venue including interactive games, the chance to play snooker and receive free coaching in CueZone and the opportunity to watch the pros practising.

The Masters is one of snooker’s most historic events, first held in 1975 so this is the 50th staging of the tournament. It will be televised by BBC, Eurosport, CCTV5 and a wide range of broadcasters across the globe.

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