Mehta earned a direct two-year card (2012-13 and 2013-14) for professional snooker by winning the Asian Championships in Doha recently.
Mehta will be playing his first round today against England’s Sam Baird. The pro tour event will see 99 players in action, with the top 64 in the two-year world ranking list being awarded direct entries.
The remaining 35 comprise eight from the 2011-12 Players Tour Championship (PTC) order of merit, 12 from the World Snooker Academy Q School, the ISBF World and U-21 champions, the Asian champion and the Asian U-21 champion, the European champion and European U-21 champion. Also, there will be nine wild card entrants.
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