John Higgins has pulled out of the German Masters in Berlin for personal reasons.
Having received news of a deterioration in his father John's health today, Higgins immediately decided to withdraw from the tournament. This decision came after his 5-3 defeat of Robert Milkins in his first-round match earlier today, and he is now travelling back to Scotland.
"I'm very sorry to withdraw from the event as it has a real buzz about it, but I hope the German fans will understand my decision as family comes first," said the World No 1.
Marco Fu was due to play Higgins in the last 16 so now receives a bye to the quarter-finals.
My thoughts are with John and his family.
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