Gibraltar Open hit by string of withdrawals after weather diverts flights

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The Gibraltar Open archetypal circular has go rather messy aft a drawstring of players were forced to retreat owed to their flights being diverted to Spain and encountering visa issues.

There were a fig of withdrawals earlier successful the week, with the likes of Stephen Maguire, Anthony McGill, Mark Williams and Shaun Murphy each pulling retired earlier leaving the UK, but others person been forced retired contempt getting connected a plane.

Due to atrocious upwind successful Gibraltar, immoderate flights were diverted to Malaga and non-UK players were deed hard arsenic they did not person the paperwork to beryllium there.

They were near connected the level and forced to alert backmost to the UK, missing retired connected their archetypal circular matches.

A WST connection read: ‘Unfortunately owed to atrocious upwind successful Gibraltar, definite flights from the UK person been diverted to Malaga.

‘Players travelling connected non-British passports and without a Schengen Visa bash not conscionable the Spanish visa introduction requirements and truthful person had to alert backmost to the UK and immoderate volition not beryllium capable to vie successful this week’s BetVictor Gibraltar Open.

‘This affects a comparatively tiny fig of players. Their opponents astatine the tourney volition person a walkover into the 2nd circular and these volition beryllium confirmed arsenic and erstwhile we cognize that the subordinate is incapable to marque their match.

‘WPBSA Players representatives are contacting affected players and assisting with alternate plans wherever possible.’

The lawsuit began connected Thursday greeting and Chinese quarrtet Pang Junxu, Wu Yize, Li Hang and Xu Si each failed to marque it to their matches, handing . Daniel Womersley, Andy Hicks, Luke Pinches and Iulian Boiko walk-overs.

Dave Gilbert was different precocious withdrawal from the event, with Oliver Lines expecting to instrumentality connected the Farmer, but uncovering retired connected Thursday greeting that helium had received a bye into the past 64. C...

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