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Mixing it with snooker’s big boys

Stuart Bingham
Stuart Bingham has not won a ranking title this season but reached the final of the World Grand Prix in March where he lost 10-9 to Shaun Murphy
2016 World Snooker Championship
Venue: The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 16 April – 2 May
Coverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC Red Button, BBC Sport app, Connected TVs and online.

Snooker’s elite have been taking things easy before the World Championship gets under way on Saturday.

But, while reigning champion Stuart Bingham and co have been resting up, the hopefuls have not been so lucky.

After eight days and three gruelling qualifying rounds, the first-round draw is now complete and the top 16 know who they face at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.