- What: 2023 Snooker World Grand Prix
- Date: January 16 – January 22, 2023
- Location: The Centaur in Cheltenham, England
- How to Watch: DAZN
The top 32 snooker players in the world, according to the one-year ranking list, up to and including the 2022 English Open, compete in the 2023 snooker World Grand Prix, which kicks off today, January 16, 2023, at The Centaur in Cheltenham, England. The World Grand Prix is the first of three events that make up the Players Series in the 2022–23 snooker season.
The winner of the 32-player snooker tournament takes home £100,000, while the runner-up pockets £40,000. Players who exit during the semi-final round earn £20,000, while those eliminated in the quarter-finals get £12,500. All players take home at least £5,000 and the total prize pool for the event is £380,000.
Ronnie O’Sullivan, who has won the World Grand Prix on two previous occasions, is the defending champion. Neil Robertson was the runner-up to O’Sullivan.
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Snooker: 2023 World Grand Prix picks
|To Win 2023 Snooker World Grand Prix|
Neil Robertson has played well during the 2022-23 snooker season, but the No. 3 ranked player in the world has yet to pick up a win this year. Robertson has made it to the semi-final round in four of the seven events he has played this year, but he has yet to make it to the finals. Robertson is coming off a first-round elimination in The Masters, where he was the No. 1 seed. He lost to Shaun Murphy, who was eliminated in the next round.
With how he has played this year, I think it’s not a matter of whether Robertson will pick up a win but when.
Robertson has a win at the 2020 World Grand Prix.
The No. 1 snooker player in the world, Ronnie O’Sullivan, is playing well in non-ranking events in 2022-23. While the 47-year-old has not made it past the quarter-finals in a ranking tournament this season, O’Sullivan is two-for-three when it comes to winning non-ranking events. O’Sullivan has wins at the Hong Kong Masters and Champion of Champions. He is coming off a loss to Mark Williams in the quarter-final round of the Masters.
Fresh off his win at the 2023 Masters on Sunday, January 15 over Mark Williams, Judd Trump is at the No. 4 spot in the World Snooker Tour rankings. The win is the first of the snooker season for Trump, following two victories last year and two runner-up finishes.
Trump has won the World Grand Prix twice in his career, picking up victories in 2019 and 2021.
Mark Williams came so very close to getting his first victory since winning the British Open in 2021. However, Williams, who is the No. 7 ranked player in the world, fell short at The Masters, losing to Judd Trump 10-8 in the finals. Williams, who has never moved past the second round of the World Grand Prix, defeated Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jack Lisowski on his way to his matchup against Trump in The Masters Finals.
Looking at the brackets of the 2023 World Grand Prix, Judd Trump and Neil Robertson could possibly meet in the quarter-finals and that makes this pick a tough one. In addition, there’s a possibility of a rematch between Mark Williams and Ronnie O’Sullivan in the quarter-finals of the other tournament bracket.
I’m going with the hot hand to win the 2023 World Grand Prix. To me, the best bet is to pick Judd Trump to win.
Pick: Judd Trump to win the 2023 Snooker World Grand Prix.
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