Northern Ireland Open suffers blow as Ronnie O'Sullivan withdraws

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The Rocket was due to face American Ahmed Aly Elsayed in his opening match on Sunday

The Rocket was due to face American Ahmed Aly Elsayed in his opening match at the Waterfront Hall this Sunday.

"O’Sullivan was due to meet Ahmed Aly Elsayed during the evening session of the opening day of the tournament in Belfast, Sunday October 22nd.It is the latest blow for the Northern Ireland Open which has already lost a number of top stars for this year's event. They had planned to miss the tournament to play in an exhibition in Macau. That event has since been rescheduled to December, but the five remain missing as they originally did not enter the Northern Ireland Open.

Former World Snooker Tour chairman Barry Hearn, who is now the honorary president, also slammed the players in question for what he called 'selfishness and greed' and warned them that a fine, ban or even expulsion could follow.

 

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