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Ronnie O’Sullivan withdraws from the British Open

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O’Sullivan will not play in the tournament which begins on August 16. (Photo by PA Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan has withdrawn from the British Open with James Cahill taking his place in the competition.

The Rocket was due to participate in the tournament, which returns to the calendar after a 17-year absence.

However, O’Sullivan has opted to pull out before the draw was made and his place is taken by former professional Cahill, who famously beat him 10-8 in the opening round of the 2019 World Championship.

The British Open will take place from August 16-22 with 128 players competing for the title at the Morningside Arena in Leicester.

The six-time World champion launched his 30th successive season on the main tour at the Championship League on Wednesday, where he won two and drew one of his three games to finish top of Group 32.

O’Sullivan will be looking to add to his 37 ranking titles having failed to land any silverware last term despite reaching five finals.

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