Kyren Wilson has revealed the ill health of his son is the reason behind his decision to withdraw from next week’s China Championship.
World Snooker announced on Friday that this season’s Paul Hunter Classic champion will not compete in the big money ranking event due to “personal reasons”.
The world number eight, who also lifted the SangSom Six Red World Championship earlier this month, has tonight (Saturday) lifted the lid on why he has pulled out of the tournament.
Wilson says his priority is to be with young Finley who was taken seriously unwell earlier this week but is now making a speedy recovery.
He tweeted: “Unfortunately I have withdrawn from the China Championship. Finley was taken seriously unwell on Tuesday & although he’s making a speedy recovery I felt it was the right decision to be with him, Sincere Apologies to the sponsors promoters and fans!”
Wilson’s withdrawal means his first round opponent Lyu Haotian will now receive a bye into the next round.
The China Championship returns on Monday for its second offering as a ranking event.
The defending champion is Belgium star Luca Brecel who made history twelve months ago by winning his first ranking event after victory in the final against Shaun Murphy.
As well as lifting the trophy, the winner will receive a cheque for £150,000.