Wayne Cooper (Eng) v Gary Filtness (Eng)
Bradford’s Wayne Cooper is 42 and comes to the Crucible as the replacement for Malta’s Tony Drago, who is unable to travel to Sheffield because of Covid concerns. Mainly an amateur, Cooper spent two years as a pro with a highest ranking of 90.
Gary Filtness turns 57 the day after the Seniors final and the London-based coach has already tasted success at Seniors level in the last two seasons, including two wins over fellow-Crucible contender, Tony Knowles.
Michael Judge (Ire) v Dennis Taylor (NI)
Michael Judge (45) can point to having beaten John Parrott at the Crucible in 2001 – that after knocking out Jimmy White in qualifying – as a career highlight but he also missed out in the last qualifying round for the Worlds on seven occasions.
Dennis Taylor, now 71, requires no introduction after winning the world title in 1985 in the famous last-frame nerve-shredder with Steve Davis. Known as much for his “upside-down” playing spectacles and his commentary as for his playing career, he made the Crucible quarter-finals nine times, the semis five times and the final twice.