Another interview with Ronnie

This time by the Yorkshire Post

Nothing really new, but still nice.

Weekend Interview: Cue king Ronnie O’Sullivan at peace on and off table

By Richard Hercock

Saturday 22 July 2017

Ronnie O’Sullivan is widely regarded as the most talented man to ever hold a snooker cue in his mercurial hands. Even before he turned professional in 1992, he was tipped for stardom, the child prodigy banging in his first century break aged 10, and his first maximum 147 at 15.

It was arguably a little slower than the world record five minutes and 20 seconds it took O’Sullivan to clear the table at the 1997 World Championship in Sheffield. But the evidence was clear, emerging from an era when Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry had dominated, this young hopeful from Essex was destined for greatness. Five world titles, seven Masters and five UK Championships – the first came when he was aged just 17 – hardly do his talent service. Just as comfortable playing left-handed as he is right-handed, his rapid playing style and adventure around the table quickly attracted an army of supporters.

While Davis and Hendry grafted for their titles, the genius that is O’Sullivan seemed to breeze along on natural talent in the early years. Off-table issues, dealing with depression, saw O’Sullivan work on his mental approach to snooker as he worked closely with sports psychiatrist Steve Peters. Now, though, O’Sullivan is in a good place in his life, trimming down his hectic schedule on the World Snooker tour and looking forward to life when he finally hangs up his cue. He has written his first novel, the excellent Framed, with a sequel coming out later this year called Double Kiss.

And he is often seen as a pundit on Eurosport, delivering his expert opinion on the game. But what else occupies O’Sullivan’s days, when his waistcoat and dickie bow are hanging in the wardrobe? “I’m into my fitness and running, love a bit of boxing too,” O’Sullivan told The Yorkshire Post. “I like cooking and eating out with friends and when I get real time off some track days are fun too.”

Ronnie Portrait

When writing Framed, O’Sullivan drew on personal experiences, on life growing up in snooker halls. The main character is called Frankie James, who runs a family snooker club in Soho, after his mother disappears when he was 16 and his father is in jail for armed robbery. Set against the backdrop of London gangsters, and the battle to save his younger brother, it is fast-moving and you can almost inhale the smoke with its well-penned narrative. So is writing something he enjoys, and can we expect more books in the future? “Definitely and I have got the second one in the Framed series coming out in November, it’s called Double Kiss. “Framed is all about a snooker player really, its based around me and my childhood.” O’Sullivan’s battles with depression throughout his life are well-documented. Over the years he appears to have lost games to the demons in his head, rather than his opponent sat across the table. He revealed that he spent several days in a London hospital last year, after having a breakdown during the World Championship in Sheffield. That emotional rollercoaster is hard to imagine, but O’Sullivan has learned how to cope with the highs, and the lows. “I love a breakdown,” he joked in an interview with BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire. “I’m so used to dragging myself up from a low. I’ve done it all my life. “Sometimes I know that once I get to the bottom I’m just going to fly up again. “I’ve managed to even myself out. “The low doesn’t bother me, because I’ve been so low I know I can come out of it. I don’t worry so much. “It’s just the chance to respond or what not. “It’s always been the way with me, so I don’t worry about it like some people would.” O’Sullivan returns to Sheffield, the scene of his five world titles, on October 7 for an evening show, called A Sporting Life Story, with Ronnie O’Sullivan. Swapping the Crucible for Bramall Lane, O’Sullivan will recall the highs and lows in his glittering career, with footage on giant screens of some of his magical moments. Then fans will get the chance to hold a Q&A with the Rocket – whose 1993 UK Championship win, aged 17 years and 358 days makes him the youngest player ever to win a ranking tournament – before a meet and greet with guests. “I am really looking forward to the event in Sheffield,” said O’Sullivan. “It’s going to be a great night.” O’Sullivan holds numerous records: the most competitive century breaks with 863, the most ratified maximum breaks in professional competition (13) and for the three fastest competitive maximum breaks, the quickest of which was compiled in five minutes and 20 seconds. So does he think that last one will be bettered? “I don’t know,” he pondered. “Eventually all records get broken so I’m sure it will, but let’s hope it’s not too soon!” Sheffield holds plenty of great memories for O’Sullivan, and is a city he enjoys spending time in. But after 25 years of making the trek up the M1 from Essex, what is his stand-out moment at the Crucible? “Probably 2012, winning with little Ronnie there on the back of a poor season,” he said. O’Sullivan – then 36 – was joined on the main stage by his son, Ronnie Jr, after beating Ali Carter 18-11 in the final. Along the way he had seen off the challenge of Peter Ebdon, Mark Williams and Neil Robertson. “It was the best I’ve played at the world champs for sure.” On that special moment between father and son, O’Sullivan explained at the time: “It was the best. I didn’t think I’d ever get the opportunity to share those moments with him so it was so nice to have him here. “I got a bit emotional before the match was over, it felt like just me and him in the whole arena. “There was just this massive connection between me and him, the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life.” While O’Sullivan will be back in Sheffield in October, he will not be a stranger to Yorkshire. The English Open is being held for the first time in Barnsley in October, before the UK Championship returns to York the following month. Then the big one, the World Championship at the Crucible next April as O’Sullivan looks to add to his five world titles. Davis has six, while Hendry has seven, so can O’Sullivan – he will be 42 when he returns to the Crucible – match or even better the Scot’s record haul. “That’s a big ask, 17 days in Sheffield is a long time to survive,” he admitted. “There’s lots of good players about now but I’ll give it a go for sure.” For a player who has never been afraid of anything put before him on a snooker table, you would expect no less. A Sporting Life Story, with Ronnie O’Sullivan is on October 7 at Bramall Lane. For further information go to or by calling 07717502480

Hong Kong Masters 2017 – Day 2

Day 2 in Hong Kong saw wins for Judd Trump over Shaun Murphy, by 5-3, and  for Ronnie over John Higgins by 5-4 from 4-2 down.

Judd’s win was rather straightforward, he never looked really in danger. Read the report on Worldsnooker.



Photo shared by Django Fung on twitter

The Ronnie v Higgins match was something different entirely. Here is the report on Worldsnooker:

Friday 21 Jul 2017 04:51PM

Ronnie O’Sullivan came from 4-2 down to beat John Higgins 5-4 and reach the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Masters.

O’Sullivan will now meet Judd Trump in another showpiece clash at the eight-man invitation tournament.Higgins came from 2-0 down to lead 4-2, firing breaks of 87, 72, 61 and 81. But a packed crowd was treated to an exciting conclusion as the two players with nine world titles between them battled to the end.O’Sullivan made a 65 in winning the seventh frame then came from 20-0 down to take the eighth with a top run of 42. Higgins had two clear chances in the decider but could only make 16 and 24, and O’Sullivan eventually took it 80-40.

i felt I got away with that one, I was 4-2 down and John was playing solid,” said O’Sullivan. “I won a good frame to go 4-3 and that put the match in the balance. You should never give in until it’s over. For my first match since the World Championship I felt pretty good. I enjoyed the occasion, it was a great crowd and you have to look forward to playing in an atmosphere like that.

Higgins said: “I had a few chances and didn’t take them and that came back to bite me. We missed a few easy balls between us tonight. All the players are a bit rusty and my technique was all over the place in some frames. but the atmosphere was incredible. The hospitality here in Hong Kong has been fantastic, I can’t thank the people here enough and I would love to come back here for more tournaments.

Ronnie  had only one break over 50, but there are still plenty that really pleased me.

  • He applied himself from start to finish, never giving up. John Higgins is a player who has a very good winning record against Ronnie, paricularly in recent years,and, at times, it feels as if Ronnie has a bit of a mental block when playing him. Not today.
  • He actually won the frames that went tactical against one of the best ever tacticians.
  • Ronnie is not playing with a new cue (yet), but his cue had repair work done on it and I reckon that the feeling and  behaviour aren’t exactly as before. So it probably needs some getting used to.
  • It was the best match of the QF round, because it was the most competitive and the closest.

There was an official opening ceremony before the evening match, featuring officials, Mark Selby, Barry Hawkins, Marco Fu, Stephen Hendry, Jimmy White, On Yee  Ng, two cues, two white balls and a number of reds, everyone taking selfies. Don’t ask what they said, I have no clue!


Photo shared by Worldsnooker on weibo

The match was streamed,  legally,  on the CBSA web page, and  shared on facebook by about a  zillion people.

Here is  one of these shares, thank to krdltr


Plus a few images, thanks to Tai Chengzhe!

And finally, here is tomorrow’s SF line-up:


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Hong Kong Masters 2017 – Day 1

Day  1 in Hong Kong saw the first two quarter-finals played in front of a huge enthusiast crowd. The setup is very impressive. Judge by yourself by watching this short video posted by Barry Hawkins on twitter. Barry recorded it when re-entering the arena after the MSI.

Marco Fu beat Barry Hawkins by 5-3, from 3-1 down. Marco, of course, has all the expectations on his shoulders, being the local hero. The tension showed a bit before the  MSI, but as the match unfolded, he played better and better, finishing with a 132 TC.

Neil Robertson beat Mark Selby by 5-3 as well and was always in front and in control. It was Mark Selby’s first outing since he suffered a foot injury and he was understandably a bit rusty.

The event is streamed on the CBSA official page

As for Ronnie, he practiced by playing an exhibition match against Jimmy White.

He also gave an interview, saying that the event is a great success, that the best players in the world are there to enjoy the occasion and delight the fans. Asked about his chances to win it, he said that he doesn’t know, really, that everyone there has their chances, but that it’s a great opportunity to entertain the fans with quality matches and very rewarding.

Exhibition in Pot Black – Clacton-on-Sea, 15 July 2017

Ronnie took on 8 local amateurs yesterday evening in the Pot Black club in Clacton-on-Sea. He won all 8 frames and had a 113, but Aidan Owens, the club owner ran him, very, very close. Indeed the frame was decided on the last pink. Aidan narrowly lost to Stephen Hendry last season in the Seniors World Championship: it went to a re-spotted black in the deciding frame!. So he’s a very useful player.

Ronnie signed LOADS of goods, and had any numbers of selfies with fans. Great fun!

John Virgo provided running commentary and put some fans to work!

If was packed as you can imagine! Thanks to Snooker Legends for offering the fans with this great entertainment.


And Clacton-on-Sea is quite funny in itself. Judge by yourself by looking at these pictures.


Qualifiers draws and prize money

Worldsnooker has today published the draw for the qualifiers to be played in Preston early August: the Indian Open 2017, the European Masters 2017 and the World Open 2017.

Friday 14 Jul 2017 04:59PM

The draws and formats for the qualifying round of the World Open, Indian Open and European Masters are now available.

The qualifiers at the Preston Guild Hall run from August 1 to 9. Tickets costing just £5 are on sale now to see the world’s top players, for details click here

Click here for the Indian Open Draw

Click here for the European Masters Draw

Click here for the World Open Draw

Click here for the format for all three events

Unless I misread the draws, Ronnie hasn’t entered any of those events, which isn’t surprising. He said he would be unable to enter the World Open qualifiers because he had other commitments at those dates already. He’s never entered the Indian Open and he also made it clear he had not entered the European Masters this season.

Worldsnooker has also now published the prize money schedule for the 2017/18 season

Friday 14 Jul 2017 09:46AM

The ranking events prize money schedule for the 2017/18 season is now available.

Click Here For The Prize Money Schedule

and Click here for the seeding cut off information