Ding Junhui is the standard bearer of the Chinese snooker revolution but the Wuxi Classic will be an especially special tournament for him.
In the vast land that is China, Ding hails from Wuxi. The invitation tournament was originated because of him.
This by no means guarantees him victory today against Mark Davis, though. Ding has at times seemed to feel the pressure of home expectation, losing to players he would normally be expected to dispatch.
Or is this merely Ding all over? He does seem to be among the more inconsistent of the star names.
Last season he played very well to win the Welsh Open (leaving aside the fact Stephen Lee may have beaten him but for that untimely mobile phone) but had just a semi-final and quarter-final to show from the rest of the ranking events.
Like most players he had other things going on. He bought a house in Sheffield. He was unwell at the World Open.
Nevertheless, few would have predicted his collapse from 9-6 up to Ryan Day at the Crucible.
Afterwards he was livid, hitting out at the crowd and swearing, for which he was fined.
Perhaps it was also a reaction to a campaign more disappointing than some of those he had previously enjoyed.
Well, it's a new season and thus a new start. But Neil Robertson is already out and top 16 players coming in cold can be expected to be a little rusty.
Ding got lucky against Mark Davis at last season's UK Championship, fluking the pink out of a snooker in the decider. The next time they played, at the Welsh, he ran through him in under an hour.
His hometown supporters will be hoping for similar today. But experience will tell them that Ding is a difficult player to predict.