Ronnie O’Sullivan has pulled out of next month’s Dafabet Masters for personal reasons.
The tournament at Alexandra Palace in London runs from January 12 to 19.
The world’s top 16 players qualify for the event. But O’Sullivan has decided not to take his place.
The player ranked 17th, Ali Carter, will now qualify.
The draw for the first round will be made on Sunday afternoon during the mid-session interval of the Betway UK Championship final, televised by BBC.
It’s of course disappointing for us, fans, but Ronnie had said earlier this season that he might not play in it. I still expected him to enter, obviously I was wrong.
I just hope there is nothing bad or wrong with himself or those close to him.