Five time World Snooker Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan is probably the best player in snooker’s history, and as most people that follow the sport will know, has not got the accolades that maybe his talents deserve.
O’Sullivan has always fallen in and out of love with the sport, which has led to him threatening retirement in the past.
Last month O’Sullivan cast doubts over his appearance in this years World Championships by telling The Guardian: “Snooker is no longer what it once was for me. I just use snooker, rather than letting it use me. I know it sounds crazy but I wasn’t even sure if I was going to enter the worlds. I probably will but it’s got to the point where I want to give snooker only 20% of my time. It’s not something I’m that bothered about. It’s probably one of my least favourite tournaments. 17 days is too long.”
He has also pulled out of this week’s China Open due to health reasons – which has cast further doubts about his appearance at this year’s premier snooker event, that kicks off on the 18th of April.
O’Sullivan last year famously lost the final of the World Championships to Mark Selby after winning the trophy for the previous two years running. He is in fine form however, after coming runner up at the Grand Prix to Judd Trump. One thing is for sure however, if he was to pull out of the tournament it would be a huge blow to World Snooker.