JUDD Trump has pulled out of next week’s BetVictor Welsh Open snooker in Llandudno and been replaced by Welshman Duane Jones.

Trump landed his fourth title of an already sparkling season on Sunday, by beating Si Jiahui 10-5 to win the BetVictor German Masters at the Tempodrom in Berlin.

The Ace in the Pack has now won the German Masters a record three times, moving him ahead of Gwent’s Mark Williams and Ali Carter, who have both won the event twice.

Trump defeated Neil Robertson at the Tempodrom in the 2020 final and beat Jack Lisowski in Milton Keynes back in 2021, when the tournament was displaced due to the pandemic.

Englishman Trump now has 27 career ranking titles to his name, with the latest victory moving him just one behind Steve Davis on 28 and four shy of John Higgins on 31.

But he will not add to his success in north Wales. Duane Jones will now step in to play Liam Highfield at 7pm on the opening day of the Welsh Open on Monday.

Cwm’s three-times world champion Williams begins his home tournament against John Astley at 1.30pm on Monday, while Ebbw Vale’s Jackson Page faces Robertson from 12.30pm, and Newport’s Andrew Pagett takes on China’s Jiahui on Tuesday.

Of the other home favourites, Jamie Jones takes on Robert Milkins in round one, Ryan Day faces David Lilley, Jamie Clarke is up against Adam Duffy, Matthew Stevens faces Ricky Walden and Dylan Emery takes on Thailand’s Noppon Saengkham.