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Dave H focus on Ronnie O'Sullivan

Postby Monique ... livan.html
Love him or hate him – and plenty seem to do either – Ronnie O’Sullivan is snooker’s greatest gift.

He is the only player who can regularly command a full house and the only one outside of those associated with the ‘golden era’ of the 1980s who attracts the interest of the wider media.

At 34, O’Sullivan is approaching veteran status but it would take an extraordinary collapse in form to see him end the season much below where he is now.

Last season he won only one title, the Shanghai Masters. He was beaten by John Higgins in three other ranking events and by Mark Selby in the Masters final and World Championship quarter-finals. Shaun Murphy beat him in the Premier League final while the manner of his exit from the China Open was not exactly his finest hour.

Overall, this wasn’t a bad campaign but Ronnie is no longer world no.1, neither is he world champion.

His future fortunes may well depend on the extent to which he embraces the Barry Hearn revolution.

It was O’Sullivan who set the ball rolling at the 2009 Masters with his very public appeal for snooker to open itself up to entrepreneurship and shake some life into a sport may felt had gone stale.

O’Sullivan has a very good relationship with Hearn. He has said the promoter ‘was like a dad to me’ when he managed him as a teenager.

When Hearn called him a ‘miserable bastard’ he took it as it was meant: as a bit of banter between a couple of mates.

The new formats for the World Open and Sky Shootout are likely to excite Ronnie more than the run of the mill ranking events he’s been playing in for nearly two decades. They will be something different, a new experience, something he usually likes.

He has already played in one Players Tour Championship event – although he hasn’t entered the second one – and has a full calendar of tournaments to keep him going if he wants them.

But analysing O’Sullivan is not a job I or most others are qualified to do. He remains a complex soul: a mass of contradictions who tests the patience even of those who idolise him.

His search for perfection on the table is fruitless. He will never find it, at least not over a sustained period.

Snooker, to put it crudely, is a bloody hard game and even a player blessed with the mercurial talents of O’Sullivan can’t win everything, neither can they play brilliantly all the time.

It seems that Ronnie’s performances these days depend largely on who he is playing.

Two of his best displays last season came against Mark Williams, first at the Masters and then at the World Championship. Williams is a player he grew up with and one who he greatly respects.

In both events he then lost to Selby, whose reliance on defence as well as attack – a perfectly reasonable approach – seems to frustrate him greatly.

I think most players would still regard O’Sullivan as the best player on the circuit. He probably wouldn’t and therein lies the central paradox of his career.

Everyone can see how frighteningly good he is apart from Ronnie O’Sullivan himself.

Maybe he’s right and we’re all wrong. Or maybe he should stop chasing perfection and just be satisfied with being, at his best, the best.

Re: Dave H focus on Ronnie O'Sullivan

Postby Wildey

if there is one player in todays game that can play poor and looking disintrested then a switch is flicked and he is focused thats the inigma of Ronnie same with Jimmy and same with Alex Higgins in the past.

there is a fine line between a genious and a nutter and despite his criticism overall i think Ronnie has stayed the right side of that line and despite some of the things hes criticised for in my opinion hes never crossed that line.

Everyone loses their temper Ronnie is no exeption. but wjhen he does it is blown up more than it should.

Re: Dave H focus on Ronnie O'Sullivan

Postby SnookerFan

Interesting assessment of Ronnie from Dave H. What do people make of Ronnie's form? Certainly no shame in losing to John Higgins, even if it did happen three times in a season. Higgins knows how to play, and beat Ronnie, and their matches are generally classics. I, for one, sincerely hope we haven't seen our last Higgins vs Ronnie, the match of matches.

Outside a slight blip to a Chinese teenager, Ronnie has only lost to two men this year. And losing to Selby at The Masters is again no disgrace. But the blip was, in my opinion, upset of the season.

Anybody think Ronnie will win more titles? A player that good will have to surely. I can see him winning the Masters and the PL again before he retires. Rankers may prove more tough, but a player of Ronnie's genius can never be written off.

Ps. Why is Ronnie dressed as a budgie in that photo?

Re: Dave H focus on Ronnie O'Sullivan

Postby Smart

Completely impossible to predict ROS career from this point forwards - as it has been all along.................... I think the most dissapointing thing for me is when he switches to "couldn't give a toss mode".

Is his dad out yet, what influence will that have, positive or negative.....

How much hunger is left to win tournies.....

How much is he really into the smaller PTC type stuff.....

He could win no tournies this season or he could win 4................. like I said totally unpredictable. <ok>

Re: Dave H focus on Ronnie O'Sullivan

Postby Wildey

i think if he could have kicked the couldn't give a toss mode in to touch he could have added about 10 tournaments on his CV easily over his career even more..