Connect with us

Sports

Ronnie O’Sullivan says he feels like Prince William in the glare of the snooker spotlight

Published

on

ronnie osullivan says he feels like prince william in the glare of the snooker spotlight scaled

KING OF SNOOKER Ronnie O’Sullivan says he knows how Prince William feels – but he’d rather be like Prince Harry!

The Prince of Chigwell was at his regal best as he smashed Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 10-1 in the first round of the Betfred World Snooker Championship.

 Ronnie O'Sullivan, with partner Laila Rouass, received his OBE from the Royal Family in 2016

4

Ronnie O’Sullivan, with partner Laila Rouass, received his OBE from the Royal Family in 2016Credit: PA:Press Association

In a match involving the two quickest hotshots, the two sessions totalled 108 minutes.

This obliterated the previous quickest Crucible tie – Shaun Muprhy’s 10-0 annihilation of Luo Honghao in 2019 – by 41 MINUTES.

Tipped for the top since being a teenager, O’Sullivan was in reflective mood post-match, arguing that he can sympathise with our future King.

But with no crowds, no selfie-chasers and no autograph hunters, the Rocket is in his element – and embracing the anonymity like runaway Prince Harry in the US.

O’Sullivan, who received an OBE in 2016, said: “I’ve had pressure since the age of 10 or 11. An expectation level that I’d be a champion one day.

“So, I suppose in many ways, it’s like Prince William being groomed to be King.

 O'Sullivan says he has dealt with pressure and expectation for 30 years

4

O’Sullivan says he has dealt with pressure and expectation for 30 yearsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

“If you said to me: ‘Would you want Prince William’s role?’ I wouldn’t know where to begin.

“But he has had it since a child and it has become natural I suppose. For me, that’s the same metaphor for snooker.

“I’ve learned to deal with pressure, playing under pressure in the amateur and pro ranks.

“Prince Harry has done a runner. He doesn’t want the spotlight. I’ve been trying to do that all my life.

“That’s why you don’t see me at the venue much. I try to keep as much privacy as I can.”

There has been scrutiny on O’Sullivan shoulders ever since the age of 15 when he posted his first 147.

Yet when you consider how many records he has broken, the type of electrifying performances he has produced, it’s no wonder everyone wants a piece of him.

He said: “Obviously whatever I say, everyone is always trying to get a comment or a quote, it becomes a bit of a headline.

“Even when other players are interviewed, it’s always about me! What do you think about what Ronnie said? What do you think about what Ronnie does?

“I can’t really win in either way. Unless I’ve a complete personality change.”

Looking healthy and happy, O’Sullivan is staying in a hotel close to Tudor Square and is loving the fact there are no fans.

It means he can enjoy his staycation in Sheffield away from the spotlight.

 The Rocket says he can relate to the scrunity that the two Princes experience on a daily basis

4

The Rocket says he can relate to the scrunity that the two Princes experience on a daily basisCredit: Reuters

The 44-year-old said: “I prefer (the silence). I don’t have to deal with the pressure of the crowd, the expectations, getting in and out of the venue.

“There’s much less put on my shoulders. I’m on a bit of a holiday buzz.

“It’s the first time I’ve stayed in a hotel close by. Normally it’s full of snooker fans and it’s pretty hard for me to get any peace and quiet.

“It’s how I have missed my life. I’m quite private, I don’t really socialise much anyway.

“To me, everyone is welcome to my world. Everything has slowed down, it suits my way of life.

“Nothing could be as bad as the previous event in Milton Keynes. Stuck in one place. Some people don’t mind it.

“But for me, I like to go running, have a coffee, get some fresh air. That was my worst nightmare.”

Next up is China’s Ding Junhui, who he lost to in the Last 16 of the 2019 UK Championships in York.

O’Sullivan added: “Form is temporary, class is always permanent. Ding will always be a class player. It’s probably one of the hardest matches you can get.”

Betfred logo 8

4

Powered by: The Sun

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sports

Tottenham players expect Carabao Cup clash with Leyton Orient to be called off

Published

on

By

tottenham players expect carabao cup clash with leyton orient to be called off

Tottenham and Leyton Orient players believe Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash will be called off with Jose Mourinho’s men handed the victory.

The game is under huge uncertainty following a Covid outbreak at Orient.

But Sportsmail understands players from both teams are now convinced Spurs will be handed the win and a place in the next round.

Leyton Orient's Breyer Group Stadium has been put in lockdown after a squad Covid outbreak

Leyton Orient's Breyer Group Stadium has been put in lockdown after a squad Covid outbreak

Leyton Orient’s Breyer Group Stadium has been put in lockdown after a squad Covid outbreak

Powered by: Daily Mail

Continue Reading

Sports

Emi Martinez saves penalty on Aston Villa debut as ex-Arsenal No2 foils Sheffield United’s John Lundstram

Published

on

By

emi martinez saves penalty on aston villa debut as ex arsenal no2 foils sheffield uniteds john lundstram scaled

EMILIANO MARTINEZ made the perfect start to life at Aston Villa by saving John Lundstram’s penalty on his debut.

With 35 minutes on the clock at Villa Park, Sheffield United were awarded a spot kick when Matt Targett tripped Chris Basham.

Emiliano Martinez made a flying save from John Lundstram's penalty on his Aston Villa debut

1

Emiliano Martinez made a flying save from John Lundstram’s penalty on his Aston Villa debutCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group

But after a needlessly-long VAR check by Mike Dean, Lundstram stepped up and smashed the ball to Martinez’s right.

The Argentine, who signed from Arsenal for £20million this month, flew across to make the save, getting two hands on it and pushing it past the post.

It compounded a nightmare start for the visiting Blades who had skipper John Egan sent off after just 12 minutes for hauling down Ollie Watkins.

More to follow

Powered by: The Sun

Continue Reading

Sports

Micah Richards claims Pep Guardiola ‘is not trusting’ his team and their defence must be sorted

Published

on

By

micah richards claims pep guardiola is not trusting his team and their defence must be sorted

Micah Richards believes Manchester City have some serious defensive issues to sort out if they are to reclaim their place as champions of England.

Pep Guardiola‘s side face Wolves in their first game of the new campaign on Monday night and Richards is doubtful that they will be fully prepared.

‘City’s problems are defensive,’ Sportsmail’s columnist said during his role as a pundit on Sky Sports.

Micah Richards believes Manchester City have some serious defensive issues to sort out

Micah Richards believes Manchester City have some serious defensive issues to sort out

Micah Richards believes Manchester City have some serious defensive issues to sort out

Pep Guardioa's defence let him down a number of times last season as City finished second

Pep Guardioa's defence let him down a number of times last season as City finished second

Pep Guardioa’s defence let him down a number of times last season as City finished second

‘Losing Vincent Kompany was a massive risk. Losing Laporte for a lot of last season was a massive miss. Problem lies with Fernandinho dropping back and Rodri trying to fill in the gaps. The defence is then left too exposed. 

There’s no real consistency. I don’t even think Pep knows his best back four. Kyle Walker is probably the only certainty in that side. 

He’s not trusting his team. When I was playing under Mancini we’d always rotate the full-backs, it’s just that centre back pairing. 

‘The manager has lost faith in his centre backs – every window they’re linked with one. They’ve brought in Ake – is he going to be the one to lead that line? I’m not too sure.

Powered by: Daily Mail

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2020 DiazHub.