Within the last 30 minutes, World Snooker has issued a statement announcing the two-time world finalist Ali Carter has sadly been diagnosed with a form of lung cancer.
The full statement follows below, confirming that Ali will undergo an ‘intensive form of chemotherapy’ and of course will not be competing in the Wuxi Classic qualifiers this weekend.
It goes without saying that I, and I am sure all snooker fans, wish him all the best with his recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the tour as soon as possible.
World Snooker statement:
It is with regret that World Snooker announces that world number 13 Ali Carter has been diagnosed with a form of lung cancer.
Over the next few months Carter will be facing an intensive course of chemotherapy. The 34-year-old from Chelmsford battled testicular cancer last year.
Carter, a winner of three ranking titles and twice runner-up at the World Championship, was due to play in the Wuxi Classic qualifiers in Gloucester this morning but has withdrawn from the event.
WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “Ali is the toughest competitor I know and having spoken to him over the last few days I can assure everyone he has the fight to get through the battle ahead. I know that the world will be looking forward to Ali returning to action and I am sure that all of our friends, fans and partners will join with me in wishing Ali a full recovery.”