World Mixed Doubles: The Draw

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Neil Robertson and Mink Nutcharut will defend their World Mixed Doubles title when the unique tournament comes to Manchester Central next month.

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Showcasing snooker as one of the few major sports where men and women can compete together on an equal footing, the two-day event runs on the weekend of March 30th and 31st. It features four teams, each with one man and one woman.

The draw for the event has been made and the teams are:

Defending champions Neil Robertson and Mink Nutcharut

World number two Judd Trump and current World Women’s Champion Baipat Siripaporn

World Champion Luca Brecel and 12-time World Women’s Champion Reanne Evans

World number three Mark Allen and women’s world number four Rebecca Kenna

The event was staged for the first time last season, with Robertson and Nutcharut beating Kenna and Mark Selby in the final. The format sees all teams facing each other once in the group stage, before the top two go through to the final.

The event will have extensive live television coverage from ITV and a range of broadcasters worldwide.

WST’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Tom Rowell said: “This event is a fabulous innovation, it brings variety to our tour and helps give our four women professional players the chance to shine on the big stage.

“Last season’s inaugural Mixed Doubles was a great success. Perhaps the highlight was Mink Nutcharut’s 74 clearance at a crucial moment in the group stage. That video alone has 9 million views on our Facebook page, helping us as a fully inclusive sport to reach out to new fans and inspire the younger generation to get involved with snooker.

“We have an exceptional venue this time, Manchester Central which is in the heart of one of the UK’s biggest cities, and we are expecting the arena to be packed in every session. This is a great opportunity for fans to see the biggest names playing in an exciting format, and also for families to come along and introduce children to snooker.”

Article by WST.