|Place: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Appointment: April 16-May 2|
|Cover: Watch live on BBC TV and Red Button with uninterrupted coverage on BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website and the BBC Sport app|
Defending champion Mark Selby was drawn against Wales’ Jamie Jones in the first round of the World Championship.
England’s Selby claimed his fourth title at the Crucible last year beating Shaun Murphy, who faces Scotland’s Stephen Maguire in the first round.
World number one Ronnie O’Sullivan faces tough start against David Gilbert, while Judd Trump is up against Iranian debutant Hossein Vafaei.
Masters champion Neil Robertson takes on Ashley Hugill for the first time.
The tournament begins at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield on Saturday with live coverage on the BBC.
Selby, who did not win any silverware this year and was struggling with his mental healthkicks off his campaign against Jones in the morning session before ending in the evening.
But six-time champion O’Sullivan, who returned to the top of the standings just before the event, is involved in picking round one matches against dangerous qualifier Gilbert.
World number 18 Vafaei, 27, said he wanted to ‘inspire more people back home’ in Iran after qualifying to reach the Crucible for the first time but faces a tough task against the 2019 champion Trump.
In a meeting between two former finalists, Kyren Wilson was drawn against China’s Ding Junhui, who has struggled with form in recent years and fell to 29th in the standings.
Elsewhere, three-time winner Mark Williams takes on fellow Welshman Michael White, British champion Zhao Xintong takes on Jamie Clarke, while 2015 winner Stuart Bingham takes on China’s Lyu Haotian.
Full First Round Draw:
Zhao Xintong vs. Jamie Clarke
Judd Trump versus Hossein Vafaei
Neil Robertson vs. Ashley Hugill
Yan Bingtao vs. Chris Wakelin
John Higgins vs. Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Kyren Wilson vs. Ding Junhui
Barry Hawkins vs. Jackson Page
Mark Selby vs. Jamie Jones
Anthony McGill vs. Liam Highfield
Shaun Murphy vs Stephen Maguire
Mark Williams vs. Michael White
Mark Allen vs. Scott Donaldson
Ronnie O’Sullivan vs. David Gilbert
Stuart Bingham vs. Lyu Haotian
Jack Lisowski vs. Matthew Stevens
Luca Brecel vs Noppon Saengkham
“Hard to pick a winner”
1991 World Champion John Parrott on BBC Radio 5 Live:
“I did the draw and I don’t think David Gilbert will send me a Christmas card this year – he’s a first-round stonker tie against Ronnie O’Sullivan.
“Ding Junhui against Kyren Wilson is another cracker and Stephen Maguire, who was supposed to pass qualifying, plays Shaun Murphy. Some brilliant first round matches.
“The atmosphere will be great but it’s probably the most open tournament I can remember. The favorite is Neil Robertson who has been the best player this season.
“Some of the qualifiers who qualified were brilliant but it is very difficult to pick a winner. There is so much talent and the event will be so watchable.”