"I had a problem with my visa so I wasn't able to get to the UK," he explained. "Everyone else has been playing in the PTC events, so it might be difficult for me in Shanghai because I have not played any matches. Since I got back to Sheffield I have been practising every day and I just have to try hard to play well. I'm looking forward to it because it's close to my home town and the support I get from my friends there is very special."
Last season saw a return to form for Ding as he won the Pukka Pies UK Championship and reached two other ranking finals, but he insists that winning more silverware is not his goal for the new campaign.
"I might not win anything, or I might be better than last season," added the player who won two ranking titles in 2005 and one in 2006 before a three-year barren spell. "The only thing that matters is that I am happy playing and feeling good about my game."
I feel sorry for the guy, he is missing out on alot of match play, money and ranking points because of a Visa issue. Who is Ding's management company?
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