Ronnie O'Sullivan has been drawn to play China's Pang Junxu in the first round of the 2023 World Snooker Championship.
Last year's winner is bidding to lift the trophy for a record-breaking eighth time in the modern era, but he will first have to prevail past the emerging 23-year-old who has reached the Welsh Open semi-finals and WST Classic final since the turn of the year.
Elsewhere in the top half of the draw, three-time champion Mark Williams will play Jimmy Robertson, Shaun Murphy goes up against Si Jiahui and Jack Lisowski faces Noppon Saengkham in what could prove to be one of the ties of the round.
The competition in Sheffield gets underway on Saturday.
Draw in full
Ronnie O'Sullivan vs. Pang Junxu
Ding Junhui vs. Hossein Vafaei
Luca Brecel vs. Ricky Walden
Mark Williams vs. Jimmy Robertson
Judd Trump vs. Anthony McGill
Jack Lisowski vs. Noppon Saengkham
Robert Milkins vs. Joe Perry
Shaun Murphy vs. Si Jiahui
Mark Allen vs. Fan Zhengyi
Stuart Bingham vs. David Gilbert
Ali Carter vs. Jak Jones
Neil Robertson vs. Wu Yize
Kyren Wilson vs. Ryan Day
John Higgins vs. David Grace
Gary Wilson vs. Elliot Slessor
Mark Selby vs. Matthew Selt