Ali Carter pulls out of China tournament

Ali Carter will not compete in the International Championship in China on medical grounds.

The 34-year-old from Chelmsford withdrew from his match against Rod Lawler at the India Open this week.

Carter was diagnosed with testicular cancer in June but recovered within two months to return to snooker in August, winning a Shanghai Masters qualifier.

Ali 'The Captain' Carter

  • World Championship finalist in 2008 and 2012
  • UK Championship semi-finalist in 2008 and 2012
  • Masters quarter-finalist in 2009
  • Ranking victories: 2009 Welsh Open, 2010 Shanghai Masters and 2013 German Masters

He tweeted on Tuesday evening:  "Looking forward to getting in the gym tomorrow. Hopefully I'm turning a corner."

Carter's management confirmed to BBC Essex that the player, nicknamed 'The Captain', would not compete at the International Championship, which begins on 27 October, but have yet to give details of his medical condition.

The two-time World Championship runner-up is a Crohn's disease sufferer, but has coped better with the illness since switching to a dairy and wheat-free diet, and last season won the German Masters and reached the semi-final of the UK Championship.

Both local competitors made a wining start to the Indian Open, with Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta beating Marcus Campbell and Peter Ebdon respectively in their first-round matches.

John Higgins overcame Joel Walker 4-0, while there were also wins for Stephen Maguire, Stuart Bingham and Mark Allen.