The day's play is likely to be overshadowed by the result of the John Higgins hearing, which is a shame because there's some intriguing matches in prospect.
However, the two all time greats, Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis, have been shoved round the back and so will not be appearing on TV.
Hendry faces Martin Gould, who beat him in the Welsh Open two years ago. Gould is much improved in recent times and of course came within a frame of reaching the World Championship quarter-finals last season before Neil Robertson's great comeback.
Hendry has struggled for form for a couple of years and could be vulnerable, particularly away from the TV cameras.
Davis ran through Rod Lawler 5-0 to qualify and was a quarter-finalist at the recent EPTC1 in Germany.
His match against Jamie Cope is a clash of styles and I've no doubt Steve will try and tie the young potter up in tactical knots.
Cope needs to display patience and a positive attitude, not something he has always done.
Robertson plays his first TV match since the Crucible against Peter Ebdon, which is a very tough opener for the Aussie.
Ding Junhui v Jin Long is likely to bring a sizeable crowd to the Grand Stage as will the popular Mark Selby v Mei Xiwen, although their match is also not on TV.
Stuart Bingham - 142
Judd Trump - 135
Mark Davis - 105
Judd Trump - 102
Marco Fu - 101