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Judd Trump Out of Masters After COVID Positive

The world number one was due to kick start the 2021 edition tomorrow afternoon.

Judd Trump and Jack Lisowski have both been forced to withdraw from the 2021 Masters after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Englishmen, who contested the World Grand Prix final just before Christmas, will undergo a period of self-isolation.

Trump was scheduled to face David Gilbert in the opening match of the tournament on Sunday and was among the heavy favourites for this year’s title.

The 2019 champion’s place will instead be taken up by Joe Perry, who was a Masters runner-up four years ago.

Kyren Wilson was due to encounter Lisowski on Sunday evening but now will take on namesake Gary Wilson, who will be one of three cueists making a Masters debut.

The World Snooker Tour has said that all other players and officials have so far tested negative for COVID-19.

Judd Trump and Jack Lisowski’s departure is undoubtedly a big blow for an event that has already been heavily impacted by the ongoing COVID pandemic.

For the first time since the inaugural staging way back in 1975, the invitational will not be staged in London.

It had been hoped that the players could compete as usual at the Alexandra Palace, but a rise in infections led to the understandable decision to host proceedings in Milton Keynes – as has become the norm this season on the Main Tour.

Trump and Lisowski have proved that snooker, just like any sport or section of society, isn’t immune to the virus.

The show, for now at least, goes on with the action still expected to commence tomorrow, and the new set of 16 players will compete for the Paul Hunter Trophy in addition to the top prize worth £250,000.

Featured photo credit: WST

Creator of SnookerHQ and a journalism graduate, David has been actively reporting on snooker since 2011. He has been published in national publications and has appeared on BBC World News and on talkSPORT radio as an analyst.


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  3. Jamie Brannon

    Couldn’t agree more with your criticism of Trump visiting Dubai and frequenting parties with stacks of people. I was quite angered by what he was posting on Instagram. The first day of the event, already marred by the loss of the raucous London atmosphere, has lost a lot of its sheen with the absence of two great stylists in Trump and Lisowski.

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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the Tour Championship – won by Neil Robertson.

1. Judd Trump
2. Ronnie O’Sullivan
3. Neil Robertson
4. Mark Selby
5. John Higgins
6. Kyren Wilson
7. Shaun Murphy
8. Stephen Maguire
9. Ding Junhui
10. Yan Bingtao
11. Barry Hawkins
12. Mark Williams
13. Mark Allen
14. Jack Lisowski
15. David Gilbert
16. Anthony McGill

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