‘I’m a Celebrity’ can wait, says O’Sul­li­van

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Racing - By Mark Staniforth

Ron­nie O’Sul­li­van will put his re­al­ity TV am­bi­tions on hold and com­mit to ce­ment­ing his legacy as ar­guably the great­est snooker player of the mod­ern age.

Since win­ning his first world ti­tle in 2001, O’Sul­li­van has of­ten al­lowed his suc­cesses to come with the caveat that he could walk away from the sport while still at his peak.

But af­ter claim­ing his sixth Cru­cible crown on Sun­day, O’Sul­li­van, 44, in­di­cated he would seek a bet­ter life bal­ance, en­abling him to pur­sue his ca­reer on sev­eral fronts.

“Snooker’s been great, but

I’ve got to look to do some new stuff,” O’Sul­li­van said. “I don’t re­ally want to be in the spot­light do­ing the jun­gle [I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out

of Here!] and stuff – there’s prob­a­bly a chance of me do­ing some­thing like that when the snooker is over.

“I will prob­a­bly play all the events in China this year, and try to play the Euro­pean Tour and maybe throw in a few of the Mil­ton Keynes events. I’ll pick and choose. I’ve got a few things I want to ex­plore be­cause they’re things I’m en­joy­ing do­ing.”

O’Sul­li­van cut a frus­trated fig­ure for much of the tour­na­ment, which made his even­tual success, af­ter reel­ing off eight straight frames against Kyren Wil­son in the fi­nal, all the more im­pres­sive. His fo­cus on the last day be­lied his nu­mer­ous pre­vi­ous intimation­s that he might skip the Cru­cible be­cause of its as­so­ci­ated pres­sures – and left him one ti­tle from match­ing Stephen Hendry’s record of seven.

“I’ve been a bit of a part­time player and that’s prob­a­bly why my re­sults here have not been so great over the past five, six or seven years – I just wanted to get that bal­ance,” O’Sul­li­van said.

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