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Ronnie O’Sullivan withdraws midway by way of group stage

Ronnie O’Sullivan has withdrawn from one other occasion, albeit underneath considerably completely different circumstances on the Championship League.

The world primary has made a behavior of pulling out on the eve of tournaments through the 2023/24 marketing campaign.

O’Sullivan withdrew from competitors within the construct as much as seven rating occasions on this time period’s calendar.

The Rocket additionally determined in opposition to collaborating within the prestigious Champion of Champions invitational in November the place he was the defending champion.

On Wednesday, O’Sullivan prolonged his streak of withdrawals on the invitational model of Championship League Snooker.

In distinction to the opposite conditions, nevertheless, the 48 year-old truly initially cued as much as compete in Group 7 on the Morningside Enviornment.

The UK and Masters champion gained his first two round-robin fixtures with a brace of 3-2 triumphs over Elliot Slessor and Sam Craigie.

O’Sullivan subsequently misplaced to Jak Jones and Joe O’Connor to finish the primary of two days in fourth spot with two factors and provisionally in line to qualify for the group’s knockout stage.

The Englishman, a Championship League finalist in 2016, was on account of play Jordan Brown and Pang Junxu in his remaining fixtures on Thursday.

Nonetheless, occasion promoters Matchroom Sport confirmed that he wouldn’t be returning for the second day of play.

“Ronnie O’Sullivan has withdrawn from group 7 at BetVictor Championship League Snooker,” the official account for the match introduced on X.

“The group will now proceed as a 6-player group that concludes tomorrow.”

Jones leads the best way in Group 7 with 4 wins from the 4 round-robin matches he’s performed to date.

The winner on Thursday will full the lineup for the Championship League Winners’ Group in March.

Defending champion John Higgins, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, Kyren Wilson, Stuart Bingham, and Chris Wakelin have already booked their spots within the finale.

It has grow to be commonplace for 2 variations of Championship League Snooker to be performed throughout a season.

The rating version, which is open to everybody on the World Snooker Tour, was gained by Shaun Murphy final summer time.

This specific variant, performed behind closed doorways and geared in direction of the net betting market, has been on the calendar since 2008.

Whereas there are completely different prize bonuses on supply, lots of the highest professionals see it as a possibility for some precious match follow forward of larger tournaments.

There’s, nevertheless, a dangling carrot of a assured invitation to the Champion of Champions later this 12 months for the general winner.

Ronnie O’Sullivan, in the meantime, shall be seen subsequent on the inaugural Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker in Saudi Arabia.

The non-ranking occasion will get underneath method on Monday with the highest eight gamers from the world rankings record within the discipline alongside two native amateurs.

With an enormous prize fund on supply, it appears unlikely that O’Sullivan will withdraw on this event.

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