Snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan has introduced he has pulled out of subsequent week’s Welsh Open in Llandudno over “stage fright” introduced on by anxiousness.
The world primary, 48, has loved a profitable season thus far, successful the UK Championship, the Masters and the World Grand Prix.
But the seven-time world champion’s profession has more and more been dogged by well being issues, which have seen him withdraw from lower-ranking occasions.
O’Sullivan wrote on X: “Morning guys, I wanted to let you know that I’ve decided I’m not able to play in Llandudno next week.
“It’s laborious to clarify however for years I’ve suffered from stage fright at instances, introduced on by anxiousness. It’s not one thing I can predict or management however I attempt to handle it as greatest as I can.
“I’m sorry to everyone who’s bought tickets but I just can’t get my cue out when I feel like this and I think this is what’s best for me right now.
“I nonetheless need to be across the event so I’ll be doing a little work with Eurosport and I hope to see you all there.”
The Welsh Open is the seventh rating event he has determined to not play this season, in addition to the Champion of Champions occasion in Bolton in November.
He additionally pulled out of the German Masters in January, saying he wanted to “make health and wellbeing the priority”.
“It’s been a tiring and challenging season for me so far, despite how it may seem with the tournament wins, so hope you understand,” he instructed his German followers on X on the time.
It got here after O’Sullivan limped by means of his World Open qualifier towards Alfie Burden in Barnsley final month – the place he was given particular permission by World Snooker to put on trainers as a consequence of a foot damage – to ebook his place within the ultimate levels of the event.
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Earlier in January, he described Alexandra Palace, which has staged the Masters event since 2012, as “disgusting” and “dirty”.
O’Sullivan has been investigated by his sport’s governing physique over feedback he made about unsanctioned exhibition matches, in addition to a foul-mouthed rant about his bitter rival Ali Carter following his Masters ultimate win.
In an interview after the match, he mentioned: “He needs to sort his f****** life out. I’m not going to skirt around it any more, tip-toeing on eggshells around someone like that. He’s a f****** nightmare.”