Suljovic replaced by Wattimena for Betfred World Matchplay

Mensur Suljovic (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Mensur Suljovic has withdrawn from the Betfred World Matchplay, and will be replaced by Jermaine Wattimena.

Austrian ace Suljovic has withdrawn from the World Matchplay for medical reasons, having been advised against travelling to the UK by his doctor.

The 2018 World Matchplay finalist has also not competed in the two most recent blocks of PDC Super Series events, with his last competitive appearance coming in Players Championship 12.

Under PDC Rule 3.7, Suljovic will be replaced directly in the draw by the next non-qualified player from the ProTour Order of Merit, Dutch star Wattimena.

Wattimena will now play World Champion Gerwyn Price in the first round, as the 33-year-old makes a fourth consecutive World Matchplay appearance.