‘I think I have achieved everything I wanted to’ says Ronnie
BOBFRENCH spoke to Ronnie O’Sullivan ahead of his visit to Peterborough . . .
Have you even been to Peterborough before?
I don’t think I have but I’ve been playing in tournaments and exhibitions for 25 years so it’s pretty hard to remember. The great thing is it’s not too far from home and it’s always good when you can get back to your own bed after an event.
What can you promise the Peterborough fans?
Two top players going for their shots and entertaining the crowds. This is about them having fun and getting involved too so it’s okay to make some noise and let us know who you are cheering for.
Do you enjoy the 30-second format? Surely it’s right up your street?
To be honest we’re both quick players. I think we both average around 20 seconds so it’s not a huge problem for either of us but when it comes down to crucial moments then it can add some drama as the crowd get involved in counting down the clock.
How come you’re 2-1 down? Was Judd lucky or did he play well?
I can’t complain how he played in Belfast but I had a real chance to win the first one in Surrey. It’s been 6-5 and 6-4 so there’s really not much in it really. I definitely need to win in Peterborough though as it’s a best of 6 series.
What are your hopes for the new season and what’s your ultimate ambition in snooker?
I’m playing a few more events this year, starting in Shanghai next month. Last season I didn’t play until December. I’m going to China a couple of times too. As for the ultimate ambition, I think I’ve achieved everything I wanted to so now as one of the ‘senior’ players any event I can nick is a bonus.
How would you like to be remembered by snooker fans?
I’m not quite finished yet but I guess someone who tried to entertain on the table and play the game the right way
Are you still an Arsenal supporter?
A lot of people think I’m an Arsenal fan, but I’m not really a fan of any football team. But my boy supports Arsenal so I do take him sometimes. I love good football and I don’t think you can do better than Barcelona for that.
Who has inspired you most throughout your career?
Steve Davis was my hero growing up and then Jimmy (White) looked after me when I first got on tour. Hendry was a winning machine. Those three really. I guess I’d have to say that John Higgins was a tough opponent too.
Who’s the greatest snooker player you’ve ever seen?
People ask that a lot and I think it’s hard to compare generations. Difficult to argue with Hendry’s records though.
Do you get on well with Judd? Who’s your best friend in snooker?
Judd’s about 15 years younger than me so we’re completely different generations. That’s not to say we don’t get on but we’re completely different people. I try not to get too close to any of the main rivals on tour, I think you need some distance to keep your edge. Jimmy (White) is my best friend, no doubt.
Arch rivals Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump.