The snooker circuit returns to Berlin for the 16th edition of the German Masters.
It is a welcomed return for snooker fans in the German capital after last year’s tournament was forced to take place in Milton Keynes due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The winner can expect not only a crowd full of passionate fans but also a prize of £80,000.
Who is the defending champion?
Judd Trump saw off Jack Lisowski in last year’s final, beating the 30-year-old 9-2.
The Englishman is bidding to win the German Masters for a third consecutive time having also won it in 2020. Trump defeated this year’s Masters Champion Neil Robertson 9-6 in the final.
Trump is looking to bounce back after losing in the semi-finals of the Masters to Barry Hawkins.
Reflecting on the defeat, Trump told Eurosport: “I gave it my all. I just did not play as well as in the first couple of games and he won the scrappy ones, which was important.
“I did not get any chances in the last two frames. It is always disappointing when you do not get a shot to see what you could have done, but I did not miss anything.”
Other winners at the Tempodrom include Ronnie O’Sullivan (twice), John Higgins (twice), Mark Selby, and Mark Williams.
The most recent player to have won it before Trump was his arch-rival Kyren Wilson in 2019 while the first to win it was Higgens in 1995.
Who else is involved?
Alongside Judd Trump, you can expect to see Mark Selby, Mark Williams, Shaun Murphy and Yan Bingtao.
The event will also see Ken Doherty in action after the Irishman overcame Matthew Stevens in the second round of qualifying. There is also a place in there for Wales’ Ryan Day.
One casualty from the German Masters is Ronnie O’Sullivan. He didn’t even progress into the final round of qualifying after a 5-0 humiliation to Hossein Vafaei in round one.
What is the format?
For the opening three rounds, it is the best of nine frames before the semi-finals become a best of 11. In the final, it is a best of 17 with the winner requiring nine frames to lift the trophy.
How can I watch it?
The 2021 German Masters is live and exclusive to Eurosport. It is also available on-demand via Discovery+.
What is the schedule for the German Masters?
January 26 to January 31.
How much is the prize money?
Last 16: £5,000
Last 32: £4,000
Last 64: £3,000
Highest break: £5,000
What is the draw?
Judd Trump (ENG) (1) v Gao Yang (CHN)
Anthony McGill (SCO) (16) v Zhou Yuelong (CHN)(17)
Tom Ford (ENG) (24) v Stephen Maguire (SCO) (9)
Zhao Xintong (CHN) (25) v Mark Williams (WAL) (8)
Kyren Wilson (ENG) (5) v Jimmy Robertson (ENG)
Michael Georgiou (CYP) v Craig Steadman (ENG)
Zhang Anda (CHN) v Luca Brecel (BEL)
Ricky Walden (ENG) (29) v Neil Robertson (AUS) (4)
Andrew Higginson (ENG) v Liang Wenbo (CHN) (30)
Liam Highfield (ENG) v Fan Zhengyi (CHN)
Lyu Haotian (CHN) v Mark Allen (NIR) (11)
Kurt Maflin (NOR) (27) v Shaun Murphy (ENG) (6)
Noppon Saengkham (THA) v Ryan Day (WAL)(26)
Sam Craigie (ENG) v Ken Doherty (IRL)
David Gilbert (ENG) (18) v Yan Bingtao (CHN) (15)
Barry Pinches (ENG) v Mark Selby (ENG) (2)
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