Snooker: O’Sullivan ‘wants to quit’
PUBLISHED: 10:12 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:12 19 January 2018
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Ronnie O’Sullivan says he wants to quit snooker and remains adamant he will miss this year’s World Championships to film a TV show.
The five-time winner was dumped out of the Dafabet Masters by Mark Allen on Thursday and said he felt relieved he did not reach the semi-finals after feeling ill all week.
Snooker fans will hope that’s not the last they see of the Chigwell ace, with his future in the sport plunged into more doubt.
The 42-year-old revealed he is close to agreeing a deal to film his TV show Hustle, where he challenges people to a game of pool, in Australia during the tournament.
“I know people did not take me seriously but I probably will miss this year’s World Championship,” he said.
“I come back to snooker for different reasons but it is a time-passer for me.
“I want to try and get out of snooker as quickly as I can. I play because I have some snooker fans that love to watch me play so I do a few tournaments.
“But for me it is better I do a month in Australia with Hustle because I would find it hard being home and watching the World Championships and not being part of it.
“If I go to Australia I can chill out and I have some tournaments set up in China in June so my season can start there.
“I play snooker to kill a bit of time while a lot of lads, all they have is snooker in their lives, but I have decided I don’t want that.
“I don’t enjoy the circuit and it is not going to change any time soon so it is better that I dip in and out and do as much away from snooker as much as I can.”
Allen later said he believes the Rocket will be in Sheffield, despite an ordinary display at the Alexandra Palace.
O’Sullivan complained he had been feeling dizzy after his first-round win against Marco Fu and said he was operating well below his best in his 6-1 loss to Allen.
“I was feeling 60 per cent and was hoping Mark would make some mistakes,” added O’Sullivan. “I didn’t feel good enough physically to go on and win the tournament anyway.
“I’m glad it is over. I don’t make excuses and I had to show up, if I was a footballer I would probably have missed this game but it is an individual sport so you have to turn up.”
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