Selby Gets Off The Mark At BetVictor Northern Ireland Open

Carter Diagnosed With Cancer

Ali Carter has been diagnosed with testicular cancer and will have surgery on Tuesday this week.

The three-time ranking event winner was given the news by doctors last week. After surgery he will have chemotherapy.

Chelmsford’s 33-year-old Carter said: “I hope to be back in action soon.”

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “Ali has shown in his battle against Crohn’s disease that he is a fighter. We hope for a positive outcome and everyone in snooker is 100 per cent behind him. We look forward to seeing him back on the circuit soon.”

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson added: “Having had surgery for skin cancer a few years ago, I understand what Ali is going through now. He has had many battles on and off the table and I am sure he is strong enough to win this one.”