Ronnie O'Sullivan has withdrawn from the Bahrain Championship.
This is his statement:
"With a great deal of regret I have decided to pull out of the Bahrain tournament.
"I have been very run down recently due to my hectic playing and promotional schedule, and my doctor has advised me to rest for a couple of weeks.
"I realise it is not good for me or the tournament if I am way below my best and don’t want to run the risk of exacerbating the problem and making myself more ill, potentially jeopardising the rest of the season, so I think it is right for me to take my doctor’s advice in the circumstances.
"I am very sorry not to be competing in Bahrain as I am sure the tournament will be a great success and I look forward to taking part in competitions there in the future."
I'm afraid this new tournament has turned into something of a farce.
You'll recall that Mark Selby, John Higgins and Ding Junhui were unable to enter because of the clash of dates with the Premier League, which they had already signed contracts to play in.
What does Steve Davis do now? He has a walkover into the last 16 but if he wins that match he will have to withdraw to play in the League.
How does anyone explain any of this to the folks in Bahrain?