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Ronnie O'Sullivan drops out of snooker top 16.

The latest World Snooker rankings have confirmed that world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has fallen out of the top 16 for the first time since he entered it.

That comes as a result of his self-imposed delayed start to the season, with his stalling over signing a player’s contract meaning he missed the Shanghai Masters, the Australian Open and the Wuxi Classic.

His participation in ranking events remains, though, as he is automatically seeded second as a result of his Crucible win.

He will play at the International Championship in China next month.

O'Sullivan now sits 17th, with Mark Selby first, Judd Trump second and John Higgins up from fifth to third after his Shanghai win over Trump.