Masters draw: Champion Allen to face Brecel in first round


Tears and cheers as Allen wins Masters final
2019 Masters
Venue: Alexandra Palace, London Dates: 13-20 January
Coverage: Watch live across BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app.

Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen will begin the defence of his Masters title against Belgium’s Luca Brecel.

Allen claimed the title by beating Kyren Wilson, who faces world number five Judd Trump in the pick of the first-round matches.

Seven-time winner Ronnie O’Sullivan plays former world champion Stuart Bingham, while China’s Ding Junhui faces debutant Jack Lisowski.

The invitational event for the top 16 takes place from 13 to 20 January.

Wilson squeezed 6-5 past Trump to reach the final last January and there is a little edge between the two players following comments made last month.

Englishman Wilson suggested he “wanted it more” than his compatriot when he saw him sitting down in the practice room during a tournament, while Trump responded by saying their personalities “clash a little bit”.