The five-time World Champion, whose last televised appearance came in the World Championship final at the beginning of May, announced via his official website that he has entered the Shanghai Masters.
O'Sullivan revealed after his Crucible final defeat to Mark Selby that he would be taking a further break from competitive action in a similar fashion to the previous two seasons.
In an interview with the Daily Star, he also hinted that he may not return until the Champion of Champions.
"I think the Champion of Champions will be my first proper tournament of the season and obviously that is at the beginning of November," he said.
However, The Rocket will return to the baize in the £425,000 major ranking tournament, which runs from September 8-14, a decision which will thrill his loyal band of supporters.
The Shanghai Masters continues to incorporate the traditional tiered draw format, with the top 16 players seeded through to the venue, meaning as number four in the world rankings, O'Sullivan would not be required to enter the qualifiers.
O'Sullivan was a runner-up in the 2007 staging of the event, before going one better a year later by claiming the crown with a 10-5 victory over Liang Wenbo in the final.
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