Shaun Murphy has pulled out of this week’s Shanghai Masters because of “personal reasons”, it has been announced.
World Snooker released a statement earlier today stating the former world champion would not be competing in the event – which has become the most lucrative invitational tournament in snooker history with a total of £750,000 in prize money up for grabs.
No concrete details about his decision not to enter have yet been revealed.
It means Stuart Bingham will now receive a bye into the quarter-final stages after he completed a comfortable first round win on the opening day of the event.
A statement from World Snooker reads: “Shaun Murphy has withdrawn from this week’s Shanghai Masters due to personal reasons.
“Murphy was due to play Stuart Bingham, who won his first round match against Fan Zhengyi 6-0. However, Bingham will now receive a bye.”
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