Snooker - O'Sullivan to meet Milkins in Masters first round

World champion Ronnie O’Sullivan will face debutant Robert Milkins in the first round of the Masters next month.

Snooker’s most prestigious invitation tournament runs from January 12 to 19 at Alexandra Palace in London, with a top prize of £200,000 and the famous trophy to be contested by the top 16 seeds.

The draw for the opening round pitched Londoner O’Sullivan against Gloucester’s Milkins, who will play in the tournament for the first time having climbed into the top 16.

Defending champion Mark Selby will meet Mark Davis while world number one Neil Robertson will face Mark Allen.

Full draw:

Mark Selby v Mark Davis

Stuart Bingham v John Higgins

Judd Trump v Marco Fu

Ding Junhui v Shaun Murphy

Neil Robertson v Mark Allen

Stephen Maguire v Joe Perry

Barry Hawkins v Ricky Walden

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Robert Milkins

The schedule of play will be announced soon.