Wuhan Open 2023: Mark Williams, Luca Brecel, and Graeme Dott Withdraw from China Ranking Event

The Wuhan Open is set to kick off in China next week, marking the country’s first ranking event since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The tournament begins on Monday, following the ongoing English Open, and several players, including Mark Williams and Luca Brecel, have chosen not to participate in the event.

Mark Williams and Luca Brecel have become high-profile withdrawals from next week’s Wuhan Open.
David Gilbert pulled out earlier in the week, and Graeme Dott followed suit on Friday.
Gilbert withdrew in time to be replaced in the draw, with his place taken by Daniel Womersley.

The opponents of Brecel, Williams and Dott – Xing Zihao, Zhang Anda and Noppon Saengkham – have been handed byes into the next round.
The Wuhan Open, which gets underway on Monday, follows on the heels of the English Open – and Alan McManus had words of understanding for the decision to withdraw.
“You can understand Luca and Mark Williams, yes,” McManus said in the Eurosport studio during the quarter-finals of the English Open on Friday. “Graeme is looking for ranking points.

“I know that players will be criticised for this, but for Graeme for example it is a three-flight deal to Wuhan. It is tough.
“You get to Shanghai, and Wuhan is 500 miles west of Shanghai. You still have to take an internal flight.
“There is all that to take into consideration. You are talking about the best part of 30-36 hours to get there, it is a tough gig.”

Wuhan Open 2023: Mark Williams, Luca Brecel, and Graeme Dott Withdraw from China Ranking Event

Dott’s decision to withdraw came on the back of an agonising loss to Ricky Walden at the English Open.
The 2006 world champion was 3-0 up and 70 points to the good in the fourth frame of a best-of-seven clash.
Walden got the snookers he needed in the fourth and went on to secure a 4-3 victory.

Jimmy White hinted that Graeme Dott’s choice to withdraw may have been influenced by the unexpected loss and the anticipation of a demanding journey to China. White remarked in the Eurosport studio, “Considering that defeat and the upcoming trip to Wuhan, he likely concluded that taking a break would be a better option.”

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