Yesterday, Ronnie recieved his OBE at Buckingham Palace, as reported by various media, this particular excerpt being from the Daily Mail
Ronnie O’Sullivan enjoyed a royal welcome on Friday as he collected his OBE at Buckingham Palace, supported by Footballers Wives actress and partner Laila Rouass.
The Rocket, a five-time world champion, was handed his gong by Prince Charles at the formal investiture, having been named on the New Year Honours list in December.
O’Sullivan, who said he was not deserving of such an award two years ago, wore a dark suit and black tie to the event on a bright and warm afternoon in the capital.
Afterwards, he posed for photographs with Rouass. The former Holby City star, who became engaged to O’Sullivan in 2013, posted a message on Twitter which read: ‘A proud day’.
O’Sullivan’s mother, Maria, was also at the event to see her son pick up his award.
The snooker star said it was ‘surreal’ to be at the Palace and one of the best moments of his career.
Despite his nerves, O’Sullivan said Charles made him feel so at ease that at first he forgot to address him as ‘Sir’.
He said: ‘Winning world titles is great – and don’t get me wrong, they are special moments – but I didn’t expect to feel how I feel.’
Pictures published on various social media, including Ronnie’s FB page
And here you can watch and listen to Ronnie’s interview on the occasion: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/embed/video/1289170.html
Ronnie also spoke to the media about how inadequate preparation was at the root of his early exit at tha World Championship. This excerpt is from sportinglife
The five-time Crucible champion and tournament favourite suffered a surprise second round defeat to Barry Hawkins at Sheffield.
O’Sullivan thinks his lack of competitive action in the build up to the Championship was to blame for the early exit and has vowed to play in more tournaments to become match-sharp for next year.
The 40-year-old, who received his OBE for services to snooker from the Prince of Wales on Friday, said: “I probably wouldn’t change much other than just to play a few more tournaments.
“It’s like making a dish – you have to get the right balance of the right ingredients and this year I probably played too many exhibition matches, but for those exhibition matches I was scoring well and potting well.
“So maybe play a little bit less exhibitions and a few more tournaments, and then once you get the right balance then I have got the right attacking, right defensive game, and then I’ll be better equipped to win tournaments if I’m not playing at my best.
“It’s very difficult to win when you’re not at your best. Probably Mark Selby is one of the only players that can do it, but if I’m playing at 70, 80 per cent then I’m still capable of winning tournaments.”
O’Sullivan said of his OBE: “Winning world titles is great – and don’t get me wrong, they are special moments – but I didn’t expect to feel how I feel.”
He hopes to have another decade at the top of the game.
“I won’t beat myself up, I look forward to the next season and the next World Championships,” he said.
“If anything the standard now, a lot of the older players are doing better now than they used to, so hopefully I have got another 10-odd years.”