Mark Joyce tackles Judd Trump as champion opens UK Snooker Championship defence

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HOT-SHOT Judd Trump will open his defence of the williamhill.com UK Snooker Championship against qualifier Mark Joyce at the York Barbican.

World number 50 Joyce beat Andy Hicks and Jamie Cope in the qualifiers in Sheffield last week to make the main event, where he will face world number one Trump on Sunday at 2pm.

Deposed rankings leader Mark Selby is up against Michael White, while 2010 champion John Higgins takes on Michael Holt.

Six-time champion Steve Davis, the highest profile qualifier, has a date with world number 15 Ali Carter on Sunday afternoon.

Belgian teenager Luca Brecel’s run through qualifying is rewarded with a crack at Ricky Walden, a surprise semi-finalist in York last year.

Fellow rising star Jack Lisowski has been drawn against Stuart Bingham in round one, while 2011 runner-up Mark Allen is paired with experienced qualifier Marco Fu.

The tournament runs from Saturday, December 1 to Sunday, December 9, and tickets are available by phoning 0844 854 2757 or by visiting the website www.worldsnooker.com

Round 1 draw: Barry Hawkins v Liang Wenbo, John Higgins v Michael Holt, Ding Junhui v Ryan Day, Stephen Maguire v Fergal O’Brien, Graeme Dott v Martin Gould, Mark Selby v Michael White, Shaun Murphy v Robert Milkins, Mark Davis v Cao Yupeng, Judd Trump v Mark Joyce, Allister Carter v Steve Davis, Mark Allen v Marco Fu, Stuart Bingham v Jack Lisowski, Neil Robertson v Tom Ford, Matthew Stevens v Dominic Dale, Ricky Walden v Luca Brecel, Mark Williams v Mark King.

• Don’t miss The Press tomorrow for an interview with reigning champion Judd Trump.

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