London, Feb 10 (IANS) English snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan has confirmed he will play in next week’s Welsh Open in Cardiff.
The world ranking event runs from February 15 to 21 at the Motorpoint Arena with 128 players battling for the trophy, reports Xinhua.
O’Sullivan was drawn to play Barry Pinches in the first round next Monday while world No.1 Mark Selby will take on Welshman Duane Jones.
It could be the only tournament O’Sullivan will play before the World Championship in April, World Snooker said.
O’Sullivan missed the first few months of this season before making a triumphant return to the limelight at the Masters last month, thrashing Barry Hawkins 10-1 in the final.
Among the other star names competing in Cardiff will be Judd Trump, defending champion John Higgins, Neil Robertson, Shaun Murphy, Stuart Bingham, Jimmy White and home favourites Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens.