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