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Ronnie O’Sullivan pulls out of the Masters due to ‘personal reasons’


Ronnie O’Sullivan will not be at Alexandra Palace this season (Picture: Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan will not be playing at the Masters in January after pulling out of the event due to ‘personal reasons.’

World Snooker made the announcement on Saturday afternoon with no further explanation, simply stating ‘O’Sullivan has decided not to take his place’ at the tournament.

Ali Carter is the beneficiary of the Rocket’s decision as the captain will take his spot in the 16-man competition at Alexandra Palace.

The field for the Masters is now set ahead of the draw taking place on Sunday afternoon during the UK Championship final.



2020 Masters field

  • Judd Trump
  • Mark Williams
  • Neil Robertson
  • John Higgins
  • Mark Selby
  • Mark Allen
  • Shaun Murphy
  • Kyren Wilson
  • Barry Hawkins
  • David Gilbert
  • Stuart Bingham
  • Jack Lisowski
  • Stephen Maguire
  • Joe Perry
  • Ding Junhui
  • Ali Carter

O’Sullivan is yet to give any further details as to why he will not play in the event in north London.

The 44-year-old said in May that he would not play in any of the Triple Crown events, telling the Telegraph: ‘I only want to play a few games to keep a bit of interest. I’m bored at home.

‘Maybe three or four tournaments a year. Low key ones, where there is no media and no press. So I will miss the Masters, I will miss the World Championship and I will miss the UK [Championship].’

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