Perhaps World Snooker's new motto is 'ask and ye shall receive.'
On July 24, I wrote this.
Today, World Snooker announced this.
Not everyone is convinced the open draw is a good idea but I think it will create great excitement.
Also, to clarify the last time this happened: Bob Chaperon WAS NOT the only winner under this format at the British Open.
He won it the first time it was used in 1990. However, in 1991 the winner was the then world champion, Stephen Hendry. In the final he beat Gary Wilkinson, who went on to win the World Matchplay title later that year while Jimmy White and Steve Davis were the losing semi-finalists.
The champion the last time it was used in 1992 was White. He beat James Wattana in the final and the losing semi-finalists were Ken Doherty and Davis.
So the idea that all the seeds will go out is nonsense, not least because the top 16 are playing qualifiers in the first round as normal.
As in any tournament, the cream will rise to the top.
There may be shocks, but they happen at every tournament. Whoever plays the best during the week will win.
An open draw is far preferable to the round robin format of the last two years. True, the public will not know when, for example, Ronnie O'Sullivan is playing in the last 16 but there is of course no guarantee he will get through the first round anyway.
This format DOES NOT distort the rankings. Everyone outside the top 16 has to qualify in the usual way. It's only an open draw from the last 16 onwards.
This may add some additional interest to the Grand Prix and, for this reason, I applaud the BBC and World Snooker for giving it a try.