The venue stages of the tournament take place from April 17 until May 3.
There’s just over 24 hours to go until the 2021 World Snooker Championship commences at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
The preliminary stages were completed on Wednesday, with 16 qualifiers emerging from the English Institute of Sport to join the top 16 seeds from the official world rankings list.
Crowds at one-third capacity will be allowed into the Crucible to watch the drama unfold in the first round.
A staggered increase in attendance will follow until a full house is eventually expected to be welcomed for the final – a decision that has been met with equal disdain as it has applause.
Whether or not the snooker authorities have taken a risk too many in terms of getting the sport back to normal remains to be seen.
It is, of course, hoped that the event is completed successfully without any major hitches and there will be a significant effort made to ensure that is exactly what transpires to happen.
Without further ado, let’s take a brief look at each of the first-round ties for the 2021 World Snooker Championship.