Anthony Hamilton and Ryan Day have contracted coronavirus and have withdrawn from the UK Championship in Milton Keynes.
The 49-year-old Hamilton was due to play Xu Si on Monday morning and Day, who made it to round three of the Northern Ireland Open, was set to face Jak Jones in the evening of the first day of the UK Championship. Both Xu and Jones have received byes to the second round.
Hamilton withdrew from the World Championship in August due to health concerns at late notice after it was announced that the Crucible would be admitting a limited audience to the rescheduled worlds. The player, knocked out in the first round of the UK Championship last year, is an asthma sufferer.
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2020 UK Championship Monday schedule
Monday, 23 November
- Ian Burns v David Grace
- Xu Si v Anthony Hamilton - (Walkover, Hamilton positive for Covid-19)
- Yan Bingtao v Sean Maddocks
- Li Hang v Fraser Patrick
- Mark Williams v Ben Hancorn
- Tom Ford v Pang Junxu
- Sam Craigie v Chang Bingyu
- Scott Donaldson v Simon Lichtenberg
- Mark Selby v Michael White
- Graeme Dott v Zhao Jianbo
- Martin O'Donnell v Jamie Clarke
- Ryan Day v Jak Jones - (Walkover, Day positive for Covid-19)
- Daniel Wells v Gerard Greene
- John Higgins v Fergal O'Brien
- Barry Hawkins v Riley Parsons
- Ben Woollaston v Andy Hicks
What is the format?
All matches are the best of 11 frames until the final which is contested over the best of 19 frames on Sunday, 6 December.
The UK Championship – part of snooker's Triple Crown series – was due to be held at the York Barbican, but due to the global health pandemic, all remaining World Snooker Tour events in 2020 – including the Northern Ireland Open, UK Championship, Scottish Open and World Grand Prix – will continue to be staged behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
HOW TO WATCH THE UK CHAMPIONSHIP – TV & LIVE STREAMING
The UK Championship is live on eurosport.co.uk and the Eurosport app.
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We will also have rolling coverage online on the Eurosport.co.uk website and our social channels.
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