John Higgins won the Indian Open in 2017 (Picture: Tai Chengzhe/VCG)Snooker’s Indian Open returns this week after it was postponed in 2018 because of the disastrous flooding in Kerala.
The tournament was originally scheduled for September last year, but due to the natural disaster it was postponed and rescheduled to start this week.
Not all the big names are travelling to Kochi for the event, but with £50,000 on offer for the winner, there is no shortage of entrants.
John Higgins goes into the tournament as the defending champion and he is joined in the draw by fellow former world champions Graeme Dott and Peter Ebdon.
Newly crowned Snooker Shoot Out champion Thepchaiya Un-Nooh will be in action (Picture: Action Plus via Getty Images)When is the Indian Open 2019?
The tournament runs from 27 February – 3 March.
Wednesday 27 Feb (local times, GMT +5.30 hours)11am – L647pm – L64
Thursday11am – L647pm – L64
Friday11am – L327pm – L32
Saturday11am – L167pm – QF
Sunday11am – SF7pm – Final
The full draw is available here.
Is the Indian Open on TV?
The only listing for the event so far is on Eurosport Player, Eurosport’s online streaming service.
What is the prize money?
Winner: £50,000Runner-up: £25,000Semi-final: £15,000Quarter-final: £10,000Last 16: £6,000Last 32: £4,000Last 64: £2,000Televised highest break: £2,000
What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)
9/2 John Higgins
6/1 Stuart Bingham
10/1 Jack Lisowski
10/1 Shaun Murphy
14/1 Joe Perry
18/1 Luca Brecel
18/1 Dave Gilbert
18/1 Yan Bingtao
33/1 Yuan Sijun
33/1 Mark Davis
33/1 Graeme Dott
33/1 Zhou Yuelong
33/1 Zhao Xintong
40/1 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn commented when the tournament was postponed in August: ‘The World Snooker Tour is fortunate to be able to visit Incredible India each year for this fantastic event. Everyone at World Snooker and the WPBSA has been devastated to hear about the’ horrendous flooding. There is no doubt in our mind that we will take our sport to this region at a more appropriate time in support of the people of Kerala.
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