January is an action-packed month in the snooker calendar with the World Grand Prix coming hot on the heels of the Masters.
The World Grand Prix is a tournament that everyone wants to be included in and it is only open to the top 32 players on the one-year ranking list, which means you must have had a strong season if you have ambitions of participating.
Here is everything you need to know about the tournament, which this season is set to be held at the Morningside Arena in Leicester for the first time since its exception in 2015.
|World Grand Prix
|Morningside Arena, Leicester
|Monday 15th January - Sunday 21st January
|How to watch
The 2024 World Grand Prix starts on Monday 15th January, 2024, with the final taking place on Sunday 21st January, 2024.
The dates of the event vary from year-to-year and details can be found on the WST tournament calendar. The field is yet to be determined with those fortunate enough to qualify for the event having to be in the top 32 on the one-year ranking list.
There will be two sessions at the World Grand Prix with matches either getting underway at 13:00 or 19:00.
The early rounds of the event are played on a multi-table system with two matches going on at once and they increase in length as the tournament progresses.
The World Grand Prix changes has no fixed venue and changes every year with last season’s event held at The Centaur in Cheltenham.
This time around, the tournament heads to the Morningside Arena in Leicester and it will be the first time the competition is staged there. The Morningside Arena is the home of the Snooker Shoot Out.
The World Grand Prix is live on ITV in the UK, with action in Europe available on discovery+. All the latest news, analysis and video content can be enjoyed on Eurosport.co.uk's snooker page.
Mark Allen is the defending World Grand Prix champion after the top seed defeated Judd Trump in a 10–9 thriller last season.
In the 2021–22 season, Ronnie O'Sullivan claimed his second win in the event, having also won it in 2018, with a 10–8 victory over Neil Robertson.
Trump is the most decorated player in the short history of the World Grand Prix with three title successes.
The Ace In Pack won the inaugural edition in 2015 with a 10-7 victory over O'Sullivan Shaun Murphy in 2016, Barry Hawkins in 2017 and Robertson in 2020 are the other three previous winners of this event, showing that the prize tends to go to one of the game’s elite.
Thirty-two players from the Pro Tour enter the main draw providing they have finished within those positions on the one-year ranking list.
The seedings will determine the draw with the top player on the one-year rankings coming up against the player housed 32nd, with the second seed facing the 31st and so on.
The matches in rounds one and two are played over a snappy best-of-seven format with the quarter-final a best-of-nine, the semi-final a best-of-11 and the final held over a best-of-19.
There is a total of £380,000 up for grabs in the World Grand Prix, which is a ranking event featuring the best 32 players in the season.
The winner will receive a purse of £100,000, with the runner-up taking home £40,000 and semi-finalists collecting £20,000.
Those who qualify for the event will pick up £5,000 just for attending and winning one match would see that rise to £7,500 providing they win one match.
Quarter-finalists receive £12,500 while there is also a highest break prize of £10,000, which last season was won by eventual champion Allen which means he picked up a total of £110,000.