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Action starts at Gibraltar Open

The Gibraltar Open has already begun with the professionals entering the competition, with players including Shaun Murphy taking part.

This is the fourth year of the tournament, with Marco Fu winning the first time it was held in 2015.

After becoming a ranking event in 2017, Murphy beat Judd Trump in that year’s final, with Ryan Day the winner last year after beating Cao Yupeng. Day returns this year and, seeded number one for the tournament, he starts off against the German player Lukas Kleckers.

Other names included in Day’s section of the draw include Mark King, seeded 15th, and former world champion Peter Ebdon.

Though players including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby and Trump are missing the event, there are still plenty of big names taking to the tables at the Tercentenary Sports Hall in Gibraltar.

Murphy was due to play Matthew Stevens before the Welshman withdrew, but Murphy will still play someone from the principality, meeting either Dominic Dale or Elfed Evans in the second round.

Barry Hawkins is another player featuring in the tournament and he starts off against another Englishman in Ashley Carty.

Other first-round matches see Anthony McGill taking on Zhang Yong, Stuart Bingham playing Mike Dunn, and Kyren Wilson, seeded second, up against Jordan Brown.

Some big names of the past are also involved in Gibraltar. Jimmy White, doing well on the World Seniors Tour this season, is up against Robbie Williams first, while UK Seniors champion Ken Doherty plays Oliver Lines. Doherty is 2.10 for a victory, with Lines 1.70.

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