The former number one snooker player Ronnie O’ Sullivan has announced he will return to defend his title at the Crucible this April. After winning his fourth world title last May he announced he would be taking a break from snooker to focus on other aspects of his life.
It seems the snooker legend got bored on his break, “I was lying in bed until 11am and not doing anything. I had to get out and have some aim and focus”. The 37 year old got his hunger back for the game while playing in his home against a Chinese takeaway delivery driver and personal friend.
His decision to come back to professional snooker isn’t too surprising as he has had a long battle with depression and he himself as described himself as ‘not able to do life’ outside the game of snooker. He also described his depression as snooker depression , “I don’t think I suffered with depression I think I suffered with snooker depression” during his ITV4 Sporting Life Stories.
He did sign a contract in August to continue playing with some reluctance, but ‘The Rocket’ then three months later wrote to the World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn on November 6th withdrawing himself from any further tournaments for the rest of the season.
Jimmy White a good friend and six time finalist at the Crucible believes O’ Sullivan can beat Stephen Hendry’s record of seven world titles. He said in the press conference on Tuesday announcing his return that he would continue playing for another couple of years and isn’t setting himself any targets.
O’Sullivan dropped out of the top 16 for the first time in his professional career since he broke into it in the 94/95 season. He’s only played one competitive match since he won the title at the Crucible in May, a match he lost to Simon Bedford who is currently ranked 88th in the world.
The man who has been described by many as the most naturally talented player of all time is never one to be ruled out, and this years World Snooker Championship is set to be an interesting one.
A final between O’ Sullivan and former number one Mark Selby who has been knocked into the number two position after the BetVictor Welsh Open, would be a great watch or the newly established number one Judd Trump.
Who would you like to see in the final?