It is with great regret that I report that two-time World Championship finalist Ali Carter has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The 33 year-old has already had a long and publicised battle with Crohn’s Disease that has affected him on and off throughout his career.
And now the three-time ranking event winner has been told that he has an additional serious illness to battle.
The ‘Captain’ will have surgery this week and doctors have informed him that he will subsequently undertake a bout of chemotherapy.
Carter isn’t the first snooker player to have had the disease – with Jimmy White suffering similarly in 1995 after a lump was discovered during a routine check-up.
I would just like to wish Carter all the very best with what will hopefully be a speedy recovery.