Dott out of Moscow
DOTT has been forced to pull out of the World Series of Snooker in
Moscow this weekend, because wife Elaine is due to give birth to their
Scotland's 2006 world champion, who has a
four-year-old son, Lewis, was scheduled to play local hope Sergey
Vasiliev on Saturday.
Dott , who won the second leg of the World
Series in Berlin defeating another ex world champion Shaun Murphy 6-1
in the final , revealed: " I'm disappointed not to be going to Moscow
with the rest of the lads but at the same time I'm just excited that
I'm going to be a dad again.
"The baby was due on Saturday so it
could happen any minute now. It's the waiting for Elaine and myself
that is the hardest part.
"I was looking forward to Moscow having
won in Berlin which was amazing, playing in front of the best crowd
I've ever experienced. But right now my priority is my family."
has been a frustrating time for Dott who broke his left wrist while
playing football outside the players' hotel before last month's
Shanghai Masters which saw him miss the ranking event along with the
Royal London Watches Grand Prix in Glasgow.
Dott did play in the
Bahrain Championship earlier in the month but a lack of practice saw
him lost 5-3 to Barry Pinches in his opening match.
Scot Pat Mooney, chief executive of World Series organisers FSTC Sports Management, said:
has kept us in touch with the situation on a day to day basis and given
the circumstances it's totally understandable that he has decided to
stay at home with Elaine.
"We'll all miss Graeme in Moscow but will have our glasses charged and ready to toast the new arrival in the Dott family.
"There is nothing more important than Graeme, his wife and the good health of their baby.
withdrawal obviously means there is now an opening in the draw and we
are working to bring in someone to fill that gap.
"It's not going to be a problem because players are jumping at the chance to join the World Series."
former world champion John Higgins, winner of the opening World Series
leg in Jersey, takes on Russian star Anton Ryabinin in his opening
match, Mark Selby faces Ruslan Chinakhov, while Ding Junhui - victor
in Warsaw - confronts Sergey Isaenko.
Dott's replacement will play Vasiliev.
by John Docherty