Ronnie O’Sullivan: Worrying comments after Northern Ireland Open exit

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Seven-time world snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan suffered a shock defeat to David Grace at the Northern Ireland Open tonight, then admitted: “I don’t care at all.”

O’Sullivan had a two-frame lead over Grace, a former UK Championship semi-finalist, but fell badly in the game and lost 4-3.

While this isn’t the first time O’Sullivan has expressed such sentiment, it comes quickly after he admitted he sometimes prefers losing matches as a quick way out of tournaments he doesn’t enjoy. not. “The thing”, he said RTE Sports“is to lose.”

He won his seventh world title at The Crucible earlier this year but told reporters in Sheffield he often struggled to find motivation in tournaments and challenge events.

He says he was close to quitting the sport in 2011 and in 2020 criticized the next generation of snooker stars saying: “I would have to lose an arm and a leg to fall out of the top 50.”

Ronnie O’Sullivan reacts after playing a shot in the Dafabet Masters final against Barry Hawkins in 2016. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

“I have a rule, I don’t really talk about any of my games, I just leave it there, that’s what it is,” Ronnie O’Sullivan thoughtful, at the BBCafter his loss to Grace.

“I let others analyze and critique while I move on and have a little lunch. If I can play one good tournament a year, that will be enough for me, cut the mediocre ones. That’s really enough.”he is 46 years old added:

“Work is not worth the stress and hassle. Sometimes a loss is a blessing in disguise, it just allows me to do something else.

“I stopped mentally about eight years ago and I just get what I can out of the sport. It’s a good platform for me, it allows me to do other things and gives me a lot of freedom.

“As far as winning or cementing my name in the game, there’s not enough good stuff in the game to be excited about. One day I’ll wake up and be excited and play a good tournament, but if I don’t I don’t really care.”

The 2022 UK Championship is just around the corner, and former World Snooker runner-up Jimmy White says Eurosport that O’Sullivan will “stand up” for this event.

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