Championship League news: Ronnie O’Sullivan set for first competitive appearance since Crucible win

World champion Ronnie O’Sullivan will return to competitive action for the first time since his historic seventh Crucible triumph.

Just two months ago, the 46-year-old defeated fellow countryman Judd Trump 18-13 in the 2022 world championship finale at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre. 

After enjoying a summer break, O'Sullivan will return to competitive action as he kicks off his 2022/23 season.

The Rocket will be in Championship League action this Monday as he looks to seal his place in the second stage of the event.

O'Sullivan has been drawn in the same group as Alexander Ursenbacher, Farkh Ajaib and Alfie Burden.

Switzerland's Ursenbacher is a former English Open semi-finalist, while Pakistan's Ajaib recently broke into the world's top 100.

Burden, on the other hand, is a seasoned veteran who has made a number of ranking event quarter-finals, most recently at the 2018 Scottish Open.

All four men will play each other once, with the group leader progressing to the latter stage of the tournament.

Eight groups have already completed their games, with names such as Luca Brecel, Anthony Hamilton and Zhao Xintong sealing their spot in the second stage.

The second group in action on Monday will see Jamie Jones, Sam Craigie, David Lilley and Andres Petrov go head-to-head.

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