YORK snooker star Ashley Hugill will have to get past former Masters champion Alan McManus and potentially former world number two Ali Carter, if he is to qualify for to his first World Snooker Championship.

The draw for the qualifying stage of the sport’s most prestigious tournament has been laid out, with action taking place from July 21 to July 28 at Sheffield’s English Institute for Sport.

All matches are taking place behind closed doors though action can be watched on Eurosport or for free on Matchroom Live.

Prior to lockdown, Hugill had shown good form this year, winning the World Snooker Federation Open title back in January to retain his professional tour card.

Hugill will face China’s Wu Yize in round one. The 16-year-old took four-time world champion John Higgins to a deciding frame at last year’s International Championship in China.

Should Hugill progress past Yize, he would then face Robbie Williams in round two. Williams has previously reached the semi-finals of ranking event the 2013 Indian Open. He also progressed to the quarter-finals of the 2017 International Championship, knocking out Joe Perry and Neil Robertson en route.

Former regular top-ten mainstay McManus awaits the winner of that tie in round three.

McManus was world number six for four years, won The Masters in 1994 and has made the semi-finals of Triple Crown events 12 occasions.

In order to the quality for the first round, Hugill would need to win all three of those matches and his round four clash, Carter being the likely opponent. Carter has twice reached the World Championship final, in 2008 and 2012, losing to Ronnie O’Sullivan both times.