Anthony Hamilton has defended his decision to drag out of the World Championship in Sheffield over coronavirus successfully being issues.
The match, which begins on Friday, might perchance be the significant indoor carrying match with followers since lockdown, with round 300 of us at each and every session.
Hamilton, 49, who suffers from excessive bronchial asthma, has been criticised by World Snooker Tour chairman Barry Hearn.
“I’m totally gutted now to now not be playing,” acknowledged Hamilton.
“It is the absolute most life like match and the Crucible is the house of snooker.
“It has been a terribly tough decision for me. On the replacement hand, attributable to my successfully being condition, after careful consideration I have determined now to now not play within the closing phases.”
Hamilton used to be build of dwelling to face Kyren Wilson within the significant round, after reaching the closing phases of the match for the significant time in 12 years with a 10-5 have interaction over Scott Donaldson within the closing qualifying round on Monday.
Hearn had earlier suggested Talksport, that he used to be upset by the timing of Hamilton’s withdrawal.
“The demand I pose is why did he now not withdraw sooner than the qualifying competition, because by getting through the qualifiers he has successfully stopped someone else from going and incomes a dwelling,” Hearn acknowledged.
“He knew there had been going to be followers display. He hasn’t had bronchial asthma that started the previous day. He’s had bronchial asthma and successfully being disorders for a whereas.”
On the replacement hand, world amount 48 Hamilton, who will restful receive £20,000 plus world ranking aspects, added: “I must apologise to my opponents at the qualifiers, Sam Craigie and Scott Donaldson, and guarantee them that I had each and every blueprint of playing at the Crucible.
“It used to be simplest after I accomplished the qualifying rounds that I used so as to invent a plump private possibility analysis in accordance with the latest files and discussions with WST.”
Hamilton has beforehand known as the choice to permit spectators at the Crucible “ridiculous” and acknowledged that he would “no doubt now not” have played within the qualifiers had they been staged with crowds.
In June, Hamilton also withdrew from the Tour Championship – the significant match to take region on the game’s return – on successfully being grounds.