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The wrong trousers cost China’s Ding frame in English Open win

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The wrong trousers cost Chinese snooker start Ding Junhui frame in English Open win

Player handed penalty after forgetting about all-black dress code for London tournamentDing recovered from going 3-1 down to beat compatriot Ma Hailong in BrentwoodWorld SnookerReutersPublished: 9:26am, 3 Oct, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Chinese snooker player Ding Junhui had to forfeit the opening frame for wearing the wrong trousers in his 4-3 victory over compatriot Ma Hailong at the English Open on Monday.

The 36-year-old donned his usual brown snooker suit with bow tie and waistcoat, having forgotten about the all-black dress code for the event held in Brentwood near London.

“I totally forgot that I needed a black shirt and trousers for this tournament,” Ding was quoted as saying on the World Snooker Tour website.

“My memory is not good! I didn’t think about it. Once I was playing, I tried to just concentrate on the match.”

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