Ronnie O’Sullivan has announced today that he is quitting tournament snooker to focus on playing exhibitions and maybe the seniors tour. Ronnie O’Sullivan quitting snooker would be a massive blow for the game as he is the big crowd draw for all of the big snooker events.
In a statement today Ronnie said: It’d be nice to get a sixth world title obviously, but today I just thought, wouldn’t it be even better to pack it all in.”
“I didn’t play that much this season and I’m loving life away from the pressures of competition.
“Playing the likes of Mark Selby and Neil Robertson week-in, week-out is a tough old grind and I’d much rather just tour the country beating Jimmy White in exhibitions. Jimmy’s flying in practice by the way.
“Maybe I’ll play in the Seniors next season. That’d be a laugh.”
Ronnie O’Sullivan quitting snooker is not new as we have heard this a few times in the past, however, in recent years, Ronnie has appeared more stable mentally and looked as if he was enjoying the few tournaments he was playing in.
O’Sullivan has been playing all around the UK with the likes of Jimmy White in snooker exhibitions where he has also been making several 147 breaks. He really seems to be enjoying these exhibitions a lot.
Ronnie O’Sullivan quitting snooker will be a huge blow for the game though. He is the current peoples champion, the one who everyone comes to see and is world snooker’s biggest asset. Ronnie O’Sullivan quitting snooker would surely have an overall detrimental effect on the game.
O’Sullivan will be competing in this years world championship at the crucible so that will be a big relief to those who will be watching. Lets just see how this one plays out over the next few months.