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Third World Snooker invitation for Hill

Isle of Man snooker star Darryl Hill has received his third invitation from World Snooker to participate in a professional ranking tournament.

The 17-year-old will compete in the China International Championship qualifiers next week.

Hill previously received invitations to the Wuxi Classic and the Australian Open, narrowly losing in a superb battle to former world number six Alan McManus 5-3 in the former event.

The qualifiers take place between Monday and Wednesday next week at the Barnsley Dome.

All of the top 128 professional players will have to compete in the qualifiers from the first round in a complete random draw.

Hill could be drawn against any one of them, including the current world number one, Neil Robertson.

The three-time and current Island amateur champion will have to win just one match to qualify for the venue in Chengdu, China.

The last 64 will travel to China at the end of October to compete for the £125,000 top prize.

The tournament will be televised live daily on Eurosport.

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