Ronnie O'Sullivan is such an enigma that we should perhaps not be surprised that his withdrawal from the Shanghai Masters has ended up being such a mystery that some bookmakers have now reinstated him in the betting.
For the avoidance of doubt: he's not going.
Worldsnooker.com put up a statement yesterday and then removed it but a new one will be released imminently.
O'Sullivan's problems are apparently not related to a back injury after all but are instead described as 'personal.'
I understand they are of an intensely private nature and have no intention of intruding into them.
However, his withdrawal is still a big disappointment for the tournament and his many fans.
Pretty much the only thing I've disagreed with Barry Hearn on so far is that O'Sullivan should be the sport's 'flag-bearer.'
It's a position he neither asked for nor wants. He's a complicated soul who can't be relied on to do off the table what he does with such distinction on it.
Let's hope he returns for the World Open. In the meantime, the tournament will survive without him even if it will miss him.
EDIT: And right on cue here is what O'Sullivan says in the statement:
"This has been a very difficult decision to make, however I have a very young family and at this moment I need to spend more time with them. I'm truly sorry to my fans in China, I love meeting and playing in front of some of the most passionate people in the world. I very much look forward to returning to China soon."
Hearn added: "It's very disappointing for his fans in China but we understand the personal reasons behind Ronnie's withdrawal."