RONNIE O’Sullivan’s long-awaited return to action will be in front of the Wigan public next week.
The 39-year-old will make his first competitive appearance against world number 123 Hamza Akbar at the Robin Park Arena in the German Masters qualifying event.
O’Sullivan, who has not played since his World Championship quarter-final loss to Stuart Bingham, will need to win two matches at the event held between December 17 and 19 to qualify for a slot at the Berlin tournament in February.
And Neil Robertson believes snooker is ready for its equivalent of a Tiger Woods comeback as Ronnie O’Sullivan prepares to make his long-awaited return to action.
“Of course I’ll welcome him back,” said Robertson. “I’ve always enjoyed playing him and I’ve got a pretty decent record against him as well.
“But coming back to the Masters, that’s his event - everyone associates it with him.
“The game is definitely better off with him in it, but there’s a lot of great players coming through and a lot of good characters.”