Ronnie O’Sullivan’s retirement plan as a snooker icon impressed by Roger Federer, Tiger Woods | Others | Sports activities
Ronnie O’Sullivan insists he has “five or ten” years left in snooker and draws inspiration from fellow sporting greats Roger Federer and Tiger Woods as he enters the twilight years of his career. He says he just wants to enjoy the sport as much as he possibly can before hanging up on his cue.
The world number 2 was even more disappointed on Friday when he was eliminated from the World Snooker Championship in the second round with a 13:12 loss to Anthony McGill.
The missile had made a comeback to lead 12:11 after losing 10-5 but lost the last two frames when his Scottish opponent took breaks of 136 and 85.
That means defending champion O’Sullivan, who is trying to hit Stephen Hendry’s record of seven Crucible titles, will have to wait at least 12 more months.
The McGill loss ended a difficult year for O’Sullivan, losing five straight finals after not contributing to his title win since winning the World Cup last season.
And the 45-year-old admitted after losing to McGill that he had struggled to enjoy his snooker for “quite a while” amid his disappointment at the table.
Although already considered by many to be the greatest player of all time, O’Sullivan plans to play on the World Snooker Tour for five more years and possibly another decade to stay on the circuit.
O’Sullivan told Eurosport: “Can I still win here? Yes, yes. I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t believe it. I have to stay in a good mood, show up. I have to play two.” Good weeks of the year and everyone on my side of the fence is happy.
“It’s whether I want it badly or not. I just have to line up and play. It’s like Roger Federer and Tiger Woods, probably not the best player on the racetrack, probably they don’t have the desire they had when they were younger or what the younger boys are about.
“It’s like Federer when he’s never won another match or Tiger Woods. It’s enough just to see her on the starting line. I guess I’ll still hold that position in snooker until someone comes over and my records beats and claims this coat. ”
“I think I pretty much have that for the next 10 to 15 years. I just have to use it to my advantage and not get too involved with myself when I can. It’s hard because I have another game here would have liked. ” but it shouldn’t be.
“I have nothing to prove – if anything, I’ve set the benchmark for everyone else to try to catch and I’m still playing. It’s not a bad situation I’m in.”
“There are some very, very good players – I might get it right all over again, but [World Championship titles] is probably the only record I don’t have.
“The only important thing for me is to keep playing – it’s a business and if I don’t play some part of my business probably wouldn’t do well. I have a lot of things going on and they happen a lot better when.” I play.
“I just have to try to find some fun when I can – that’s the only thing I struggle with when I accept that I can’t play well all the time because it’s such a nice feeling when you do it.
“I’ll be playing for five years because I like the lifestyle, have good relationships with my sponsors and would be crazy not to.”
“Everything I do compliments one another – I’ve never had it better. It’s just about enjoying the game and not crucifying myself. I got to do that today, which was great.
“Hopefully I can just enjoy the game – I don’t really care if I win or lose. I see my career and myself as a business – win and lose.” I’m pretty privileged – I have to be grateful for what I have and where I am. “
O’Sullivan discusses his plans for the 2021-22 snooker season, which will start this fall, and insists that he would love to return to the Far East.
“It depends on the schedule,” he said when asked how many tournaments he will be playing next year.
“I would love to play more in China because my longevity and what I do behind snooker is in China. You have priority, you get the nod. What the situation is like, who knows when I’ll be back there.”
“I’m trying to find out what’s right for me now, in the future, and in the next 10 to 15 years. China is really the place for me. The sooner I can get out of there, the better.”
“If they let you travel around the world four times in three weeks, of course I’ll have to do it in China and miss a few here.
“If the schedule is put together sensibly, I can play there and play here. My life comes first and I will look at the schedule and give each promoter the opportunity to work with me.”
“I’ll choose which tournament works for me. It’s all about the details and sorting things out with people.”
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