World number one Neil Robertson has been forced to withdraw from the Rotterdam Open this week after falling ill with a virus at the Australian Goldfields Open.

Robertson, who lost in the Goldfields Open final on Sunday to Marco Fu, was expected to compete in the European Tour event in the Netherlands but after falling ill during the tournament in Bendigo, he has decided to pull out.

"I'm gutted because I was really looking forward to playing in Rotterdam," Robertson told World Snooker.

"I need to spend a few days resting in Australia to get back to 100 per cent before travelling, so I couldn't make the trip to Europe.

"I'm sorry to disappoint the Dutch fans who wanted to see me play. Hopefully I'll have the chance to play in the Netherlands next year."

The tournament begins on Friday and runs until Sunday at the Topsport Centrum. Stars expected to feature are legend John Higgins, potting sensation Judd Trump and the UK and Masters champion Mark Selby.

Other stars in contention are Shaun Murphy, Stephen Maguire, Barry Hawkins, Mark Williams, Stuart Bingham, Ricky Walden and Matthew Stevens.

The professionals are set to take to the table to battle it out for the £25,000 prize money and will be spurred on by the news that world number one Robertson has withdrawn.

 

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