Snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan involved in awkward security exchange at the Masters - 'World is going to end'

Snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan involved in awkward security exchange at the Masters - 'World is going to end'

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 09/01/2024

- 13:20

Updated: 09/01/2024

- 13:21

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Ronnie O'Sullivan had an awkward interaction with a parking steward prior to his Masters win over Ding Junhui on Monday.

The Rocket was too strong for his opponent at Alexandra Palace, winning 6-3.

Before entering the arena, however, O'Sullivan had some problems getting in.

The world No 1 drove up to the gates - only to find out he wasn't on the list for entry.

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan had an awkward chat with security as he arrives for the Masters


To make matters worse, the attendant was unsure who O'Sullivan was.

When asked what name should be on the list, he replied: "It should be Ronnie O'Sullivan.

"I'm playing today at one o'clock."

The parking steward was surprised, saying: "Oh, you're a player?"

O'Sullivan retorted: "Yeah, do you want to let me in?"

The steward then said they would check to see whether O'Sullivan's name should be on the list.

But the 48-year-old seemed amused and joked: "If I'm not on the list, does that mean I can't go in?"

O'Sullivan was then told he would be given permission to enter Ally Pally - before making another joke about the world ending if he didn't get his way.

"Are you sure? Really? I'm playing in five minutes," he said.

"Quick, I'm going to be late. They're gonna dock me, I'm gonna lose it, that's it.

"Then my missus is gonna hate me and the whole world is going to end."

O'Sullivan, in the end, was able to play.

His 6-3 win over Junhui was proof his talent, even if he's seemingly entering the twilight years of his career.

And O'Sullivan, reacting to his win, praised Junhui after the 36-year-old became the first ever to make two 147s at the Masters following his maximum break in the seventh frame.

"Unbelievable 147 from Ding," O'Sullivan said.


Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan is considered one of the best snooker players of all time


"I knew he was going to make it from about the second or third red.

"His positional play is so good and he just wasn't out of position once. What a magnificent player.

"A great break and I was pleased to get over the line in the end."

He added: "I was just trying to manufacture stuff out there.

"But I tried and tried out there. There's nothing more you can do is there. I don't even know what to say to be honest with ya [laughs]."

Snooker Ding Junhui

Snooker star Ding Junhui had no answer to the brilliance of Ronnie O'Sullivan on Monday


O'Sullivan also admitted that he wouldn't watch any other snooker action.

"I'm not really into it to be honest," he admitted.

"I watched a frame last night and I thought... I'm off."

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