You would expect that Judd Trump, the defending Champion, would be the center of attention ahead of the World Championship, but, so far, the media seem to be chasing Ronnie instead.
So here are more interviews in the press yesterday
O’Sullivan cooking up culinary storm in lockdown
The five-time world champion has relished his time in his makeshift kitchen during the break from snooker, whipping up all sorts of innovative dishes alongside his fiancée, Laila Rouass.
O’Sullivan is no stranger to the intricacies of cookery and has developed a long-term passion for food, releasing a cookbook – Top of Your Game: Eating for Mind and Body – alongside nutritionist, Rhiannon Lambert, last year.
The Rocket practices what he preaches and despite his lack of kitchen, has loved rustling up a range of tagines, tray bakes and Asian dishes over the last three months.
“I’m obviously quite into my Asian food so I’ve made a lot of Chinese dishes and things with Indian spices,” he said.
“I like a lot of plain food as well, so just roasted food, roasted vegetables, roasted sweet potato, roasted chicken.
“I obviously season that very well, and it’s been fantastic – we’ve been making a few tagines, so we’ve been eating some fantastic food and it’s been great, and really good fun.
“But I haven’t had a kitchen since September, so we’ve kind of made a kitchen in the house, which has been brilliant!
“I’ve got this little ninja cooker which is fantastic, some camping stoves and just built this kitchen from nowhere.
“Laila’s been good because she’s put it all together, and we’ve just enjoyed getting by.”
O’Sullivan has enjoyed a glittering career with a cue in hand, adding 31 ranking events to those World Championship triumphs of 2001, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2013.
The Rocket is also in the illustrious club of being a Triple Crown winner, reigning supreme in the UK Championship no fewer than seven times and matching that number with his Masters triumphs between 1995 and 2017
O’Sullivan is currently ramping up preparations for a tilt at a sixth World Championship glory, being ranked world No.6 heading into the Crucible after a mixed season on the circuit.
The 44-year-old loves a challenge and says that’s been the key to his success – both on and off the table.
“A new kitchen comes in another few weeks and that will obviously be really nice, but in some ways I like the challenge of things aren’t perfect,” he added.
“How do you manage, how do you overcome it and how do you find peace within that? I love a challenge, you know.”
O’Sullivan hails lockdown as ‘best three months for a long time’
Ronnie O’Sullivan says lockdown has been the ‘best three months’ he’s had for ‘a long time’.
The Rocket has been spending his time during the snooker lay-off in various ways from his Essex home, running, cooking and watching Netflix as the countdown to this year’s Betfred World Championship intensifies.
O’Sullivan says the break has enabled him to rediscover his passion for running, subordinating the importance of snooker and enabling him to re-evaluate life’s priorities as he enters the twilight of his career.
That positive outlook has been embodied in O’Sullivan’s TV consumption and the world No.6 has relished keeping things simple when he tunes into the box.
“I’d probably say it’s been the best three months I’ve had in a long time, it really has!” the 44-year-old said.
“I’ve watched a lot of stuff on Netflix, and I’ve turned my Sky off because I didn’t want too many channels to choose from!
“I just went to the freeview channels while in lockdown because I find sometimes, you’ve got so much choice you end up just flicking through them and you don’t really give anything a chance.
“I thought if you minimise the amount of channels I’ve got to make the most of it – surely there’s one channel out of 30 that I’m going to enjoy!”
O’Sullivan is gearing up for a tilt at a sixth World Championship title, having not progressed past the quarter-finals at the Crucible since 2014 and enduring a mixed season on the circuit.
The Rocket could only muster an 18th-place ranking in the one-year calendar and therefore missed out on qualifying for the recent Tour Championship, also crashing out of the Championship League after a 3-0 defeat to world No. 14 Stuart Bingham.
O’Sullivan has sought to broaden his horizons in lockdown, however, as he reaches the end of a glittering stint at the highest level that has seen him romp to 36 ranking event titles.
And he’s loved letting off some steam to keep his mind healthy at a time that poses challenges for us all.
“I’ve not really [picked up any new hobbies in lockdown] – I try and keep my life pretty simple,” he added.
“I’ve been getting into a lot of podcasts and really enjoying them, which have been fantastic – running podcasts and a lot of business podcasts.
“Little things like that just trying to keep my mind healthy, in what’s a situation that can be quite harmful for you given what we’ve all found ourselves in.”
Ronnie O’Sullivan tells his kids: “Don’t you dare go into snooker”
Ronnie O’Sullivan has dissuaded his children from getting into snooker.
Ronnie O’Sullivan has warned his children away from getting into snooker and urged them to “take football up… become a lawyer” or start the “next Amazon” company.
The Rocket will return to the Crucible once again for the World Snooker Championship at the end of July as a pundit for Eurosport – who will air live coverage the tournament – as well as a competitor.
In an exclusive chat with, maverick superstar Ronnie O’Sullivan spoke of his love for snooker and the simple life, but has also dissuaded his kids away from following his career choice.
He said: “To be honest with you, I wouldn’t encourage my son to play snooker. I would say take football up, or play golf, or play tennis, or Formula 1.
“Get involved in an industry where there’s a lot of glamour. I’ve already told both my children ‘don’t you dare go into snooker’. It’s bad for your health. Become a lawyer or an accountant or whatever, try and produce the next Amazon company, a bit more exciting than potting balls in some leisure centre.
“I like to play and I enjoy playing when I’m not preparing for anything and there’s no pressure and no big tournaments coming up. I love snooker. But once you start to think, ‘Is my game in good shape? Have I played enough? Do I need to do this?’ that’s when it becomes a job then.”
O’Sullivan claims he practiced for around “six or seven hours” in total on a table during the enforced lockdown break, but spent plenty of time putting himself through drills to keep his technique in check.
Asked whether he missed the game during the enforced lockdown break, O’Sullivan responded in typically wry fashion.
“Yeah… for about three minutes. And then I got over it.
“Sometimes I’d just practice my bridge hand to see if that feels good. Sitting here talking to you, I’m practicing with my bridge hand!
“I don’t need to go on a table, a lot of it is just drills, and if it’s all drilled in, it’s like a golf swing, the club’s just an extension of your body, like the cue. If you get everything set up right, and you get everything going at the right speed and timing, in theory, you don’t actually need to practice.
“All my life I’ve looked for the easy, softer options, I’ve always looked for a technique that doesn’t need a lot of working on, it’s reliable.
“Like an Audi car, it’ll get you everywhere and do it very well, but it’s not a Ferrari, it’s not a Ford either, it’s somewhere mid-range and gets the job done.”
O’Sullivan still has a hunger to win the World Snooker Championship, but once again, if he is to do so, it will be on his own terms.