‘I think I have achieved ev­ery­thing I wanted to’ says Ron­nie

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

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.

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