World number one John Higgins has withdrawn from the German Masters in Berlin following the death of his father. John Snr passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer.
"I am very sorry to have to withdraw from the event but I hope the German fans understand my decision as family comes first," Higgins said.
The Scot had booked his place in the last 16 with a 5-3 win over Snooker Shoot-Out runner-up Robert Milkins, including a break of 143.
Chairman Barry Hearn said: "On behalf of World Snooker I send deepest sympathies to the Higgins family at this sad time."
Higgins' opponent in the next round, Marco Fu, will receive a bye following a 5-1 win over Mark King, in which his highest break was 91.Reuse content