Snooker World Championships – Ronnie O’Sullivan after the world title at the Crucible Theater: “He could probably play until the mid-1950s”

Just a few days ago, Jimmy White said that you can “play as much as you like” in snooker. However, “The Rocket” had already stated during the tournament that he wanted to take a break from snooker after the World Cup final. “This tournament means 17 stressful days. I need a detox,” announced the 46-year-old.
Even after the final at the Crucible Theater, O’Sullivan hinted at how difficult the tournament was for him, even though the Wordsley man is in good shape thanks to his running practice. Now, O’Sullivan said in the Times: “I’ve agreed to have to push myself to the limit for three weeks a year – and that’s a small price to pay.” However, for him it was “hard to resist coming here”.

O’Sullivan indicated he would continue to compete in Sheffield for years to come. “I could probably play until the mid-1950s if I wanted to,” said the world number one, but he limited himself: “Tournaments like this are probably going to be pretty grueling at this age. I could probably win a game or two in the middle. 50 years old, but I would have no chance to decide the tournament for myself. “


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On the way to the seventh title, O’Sullivan had played five duels in just under two and a half weeks, defeating David Gilbert, Mark Allen, Stephen Maguire, John Higgins and ultimately Judd Trump.

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“It’s a great relief. It’s a really tough tournament, a long journey,” O’Sullivan said after the triumph. But despite his best efforts, he largely dominated Sheffield at will.

Final opponent Judd Trump praised after the match: “He was by far the best player in this tournament” and acknowledged that his compatriot would “get better and better” with age.
O’Sullivan not only crowned himself the oldest champion at the Crucible Theater by beating Trump at 6:13 pm in Monday night’s final.

“The Rocket” celebrated its seventh world title in the legendary arena, which has been the home of the Snooker World Championship since 1977. In doing so, he reached the brand level of the legendary Stephen Hendry. 21 years ago, the 46-year-old Briton triumphed for the first time at the Snooker World Championship.

Now fans can hope that the seventh title wasn’t the last in Ronnie O’Sullivan’s career.

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