World Snooker bosses have reacted to news that Essex player Ali Carter has been diagnosed with lung cancer by freezing his ranking.
In a statement the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association said:
Two-time World Championship runner-up Ali Carter broke the news two weeks ago.
The 34-year-old from Chelmsford will undergo an intensive course of chemotherapy.
Carter, who suffers from Crohn's disease, last year recovered from testicular cancer to resume his career.
He tweeted his reaction to the news.