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The Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship from the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield First day
A year ago STEVE DAVIS began the defence of the World title he won in 1983 and went on to retain his crown. This morning history repeats itself as the World Champion and No 1 seed starts out to defend his title, more determined to win this year to make it a hat-trick in the most coveted competition in the world of snooker. His opponent today could well be a young player with aspirations of going to the top of the snooker ladder, as Steve Davis did a few years ago-NEiL FOULDS, a gifted player coached by his father Geoff, no mean player himself.
On the adjacent table the No 2 seed TONY KNOWLES starts his bid to take the title, but has not been hitting his best form throughout this season. On the seedings he should be playing the Scot, EDDIE SINCLAIR.
Also in today's programme, at 2.30 pm*, Snooker Break with the latest news of the championship and comments from the experts. Viewers are invited to write in with questions and requests during the tournament.
DAVID VINE and DAVID ICKE introduce coverage of the first nine frames of the best-of-19 frames in these first-round matches, where the top 32 players start the long haul over the next 17 days, with L300,000 of prize money at stake.
Commentators TED LOWE
JACK KARNEHM , CLIVE EVERTON Producers KEITH PHILLIPS ,
KEITH MCKENZIE. MIKE ADLEY , BILL TAYLOR Executive producer NICK HUNTER Snooker Break address: Snooker Break, BBCtv,
Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield Sl IDA
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