Nine months after his shock World Championship triumph Mark Williams is back in Cardiff hoping to recapture his 1990s heroics.
The maverick Welshman has cut a relaxed figure since his astonishing Crucible victory in May.
His displays of humour on social media have endeared Williams to new audiences across the world.
— MARK WILLIAMS M.B.E (@markwil147) February 2, 2019
The Welsh Open starts on Monday when Blaenau Gwent-born Williams begins his bid for a third crown with a local derby against lowly ranked Cardiffian Kishan Hirani.
What else to look for?
Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby, Judd Trump and defending champion John Higgins also feature.
Four-time Welsh Open winner Ronnie O’Sullivan faces Sanderson Lam in the first-round on Tuesday at 1pm, while world number one Mark Selby will take on two-time ranking event winner Anthony McGill on Tuesday evening.
Promising Welsh amateur Jackson Page faces China’s Zhao Xintong and Judd Trump will meet tour rookie Harvey Chandler on Monday evening.
How to watch?
Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena hosts the event. Beginning on Monday, February 11, the tournament runs until Sunday, February 17.
Tickets for most sessions are still available.
Book now by calling 02920 224488 or by visiting the website.