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Whirlwind sweeps into Wembley

PUBLISHED: 15:24 23 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:49 24 August 2010

EVER-POPULAR Jimmy White will get the ball rolling in the Masters tournament at Wembley Arena next month after receiving a wild card. The Whirlwind, a Masters winner back in 1984, was the WPBSA choice for the tournament wild card and will face Mark King i

EVER-POPULAR Jimmy White will get the ball rolling in the Masters tournament at Wembley Arena next month after receiving a wild card.

The Whirlwind, a Masters winner back in 1984, was the WPBSA choice for the tournament wild card and will face Mark King in the opening round on Sunday January 10, 2010.

If he wins, White - who has just returned from his stint in the Australian jungle as a reality TV contestant - will be up against world number two Stephen Maguire in the second round.

Barry Hearn, new chairman of the WPBSA - who voted to allocate the wild card to White - said: "Jimmy is one of Britain's great sporting superstars.

"He has attracted vast crowds all across the world, but nowhere more than Wembley, where the fans regard him as one of their own. He'll pack the place out and the atmosphere will be sizzling."

Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan begins his campaign against Neil Robertson on Tuesday January 12, the day after the clash between former world champions Shaun Murphy and Stephen Hendry.

John Higgins, Mark Selby and new UK champion Ding Junhui are also among the leading contenders for the Masters, which culminates in the final on Sunday January 17.

Tickets for the tournament are now on sale. Call 0844 815 0815 (disabled booking line 020 8782 5629) or visit www.worldsnooker.com/masters


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