Snooker star 'sick' of Ronnie O'Sullivan controversies amid investigation into icon

Snooker star 'sick' of Ronnie O'Sullivan controversies amid investigation into icon

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 25/01/2024

- 08:47

The Briton has won two titles this year already

Snooker star Mark Williams has admitted he's 'sick' of controversies surrounding Ronnie O'Sullivan.

O'Sullivan is considered one of the best players in the entire history of the sport and, in 2024 so far, has already secured two titles.

The Rocket has, however, become embroiled in controversy over the past few months.

He has rowed with snooker bosses, believing the WST's schedule is too hectic amid rows over the 48-year-old playing in China.

Snooker Ronnie O'Sullivan

Snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan is being investigated following his rant about Ali Carter earlier this month


And O'Sullivan also raised eyebrows by ranting about Ali Carter following their recent Masters final.

The veteran said Carter needed to sort his 'f*****g life out', having narrowly beaten his rival at Alexandra Palace.

The WST have since conducted an investigation into O'Sullivan, with Carter saying he feels the Rocket isn't currently well mentally.

And Williams, per the Daily Express, has now admitted he's 'sick' of the controversies and wants everything to be resolved.

"It's a shame," he said.

“I'm sick of seeing stuff in the papers. I just wish everyone could get together, sit in a room and thrash out their differences behind closed doors and see if it can be resolved.

“There's no point going back and forward in the press and having bad press all the time, it's no good for the game really.

"I think it's going to come to a head pretty soon, I don't know what will happen. Who knows?”

While O'Sullivan continues to dominate snooker, he's admitted he's set to take a break from the sport at some point.

That's led to some suggestions that the 48-year-old could retire in the near future.

But Williams can't see what happening, though does admit O'Sullivan quitting snooker would be a substantial blow.

"Ronnie would be a massive loss," he continued.

“He’s the biggest draw we've got. I've always said that. “He’s been saying he’s going to quit for 30 years. I don’t think he’s going anywhere.”

O'Sullivan is next in action against Julien Leclercq on January 29.

Meanwhile, the World Snooker Championship will take place later in the year.


Snooker Mark Williams

Snooker star Mark Williams is 'sick' of the controversies surrounding Ronnie O'Sullivan


O'Sullivan is the strong favourite to reign supreme, having won three titles over the past 50 days.

He's also unbeaten on British soil since October and victories over the likes of Carter and Judd Trump so far this year suggest he isn't slowing down any time soon.

And Stephen Hendry fears nobody will be able to stop O'Sullivan at that competition.

He told talkSPORT: "Where are all the top players?

"Ronnie is dominating snooker right now, running all over it.

Snooker Ronnie O'Sullivan

Snooker icon Ronnie O'Sullivan has won two titles in 2024 already


“The Selbys, the Robertsons, the Williamses… Even Trump couldn’t beat him. Who is going to stop him winning a world title?”

Discussing O'Sullivan, he continued: It’s phenomenal. We have to applaud how he’s playing and the longevity.

“It’s incredible. Some of the snooker he played in the semi-final last week was some of the best snooker I’ve ever seen. He’s raising the game to a new level.

"It worries me a bit if in four or five years’ time, if he does retire, who are the players who are going to take over?

"We say, ‘oh, snooker will survive’, but where is the next Ronnie O’Sullivan coming from?

"We’ve got to enjoy it while it lasts.”

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