Ronnie O’Sullivan says that he is finding it difficult to retire from snooker, as he has been much more successful in recent times. The 42-year-old has often hinted at a potential retirement, but the string of successes that he has achieved in recent times has prevented him from walking away. Incredibly, O’Sullivan came up with the comments just after the second round exit at the World Snooker Championship. Ali Carter was able to get a 13-9 victory over O’Sullivan and both players were involved in a heated exchange. This exit was preceded by a first-round disappointment in the China Open, as Elliot Slessor was able to claim a 6-2 win, even though “The Rocket” made his 14th 147 break in that match.
Despite the early exits from major tournaments, O’Sullivan still finds himself in the second spot of the world rankings. However, these are some of the poor results for the 42-year-old in recent times. Just prior to this disappointments, O’Sullivan had racked up an incredible set of victories – like the Players Championship at the start of March. The top 16 players from around the world took part in the Players Championship and succeeding in such tournaments appears to have given him a lot of faith.
The recent Ladbrokes World Grand Prix, which took place in February, also saw O’Sullivan, successful with a 10-3 victory over Ding Junhui. Once again, this victory came just a couple of months after O’Sullivan was able to claim the 6th UK Championship title. The year 2017 was also especially good for the player from Essex, as he also lifted the Shanghai Masters and English Open. The immense array of titles won by O’Sullivan continues to grow – even after the latest setbacks. He now has a tremendous five world Championship titles, seven Masters titles, and six UK Championships.
O’Sullivan has also managed to rack up close to £10 million in prize money.