Ahead of the Masters 2018: Steve Davis on Ronnie

This was published by Worldsnooker  yesteday, and by part of the press as well

Snooker legend Steve Davis believes Ronnie O’Sullivan is still improving, and could still win tournaments in his 50s.

O’Sullivan will be defending his title at the Dafabet Masters at Alexandra Palace next week and aiming to win the tournament for the eighth time.

At the age of 42, O’Sullivan has produced some of the best form of his career in recent months, winning the English Open, Shanghai Masters and UK Championship since October.

Davis, who will be a pundit for BBC Sport next week, said: “Ronnie is effectively becoming the ultimate player and he doesn’t appear to suffer from pressure or tension in his game.

“Throughout his career he has had blips along the way, but I don’t think his game as a snooker player, or his mind as a snooker player, has ever stopped improving. When you see him around the table he is almost impervious to damage. He’s got such a good temperament and doesn’t seem so emotional out in the arena.

Steve Davis

“He’s an even more complete, mature player than he has been in the past. It’s astonishing to think that even into his 40s, he’s still the most feared player. He’s got a B game which can win events, and very few players can do that. Going into any event, the other players are fearful of what Ronnie can achieve when he’s at the top of his game, and they know they have to produce their best standard.

“He could become the first to win a title over the age of 50. He might relish the challenge of holding back the tide of age and the prospect of beating the young kids when he is 50. I was hanging on in the top 16 at 50, but not threatening ranking events. That challenge might appeal to him.”

The Dafabet Masters runs from January 14 to 21 with 16 of snooker’s top stars battling for the Triple Crown title and a top prize of £200,000. Mark Selby, Judd Trump, John Higgins, Shaun Murphy and Ding Junhui are among those competing.

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That Ronnie could still do it at 50, I’m sure, that he will want to do it… not so sure. But time will tell.

One thought on “Ahead of the Masters 2018: Steve Davis on Ronnie

  1. I think Ronnie is being serious when he says that he can’t see himself playing on the tour when he’s 50, but I also think he might very well change his mind and keep playing if he is still competitive and enjoying himself at that age.

    If he starts losing to Numpties on a regular basis, I’m pretty sure he would hang up the cue for good…

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