ROCKET CONSIDERS QUITTING
Ronnie O'Sullivan claims the furore over his refusal to complete a 147 break at the World Open in Glasgow has made him consider his future in the sport.
The world number six completed his 3-0 win over Mark King on Monday with a maximum - but only after referee Jan Verhaas urged him to pot the final black "for the fans".
O'Sullivan had asked Verhaas after potting the first black what prize was on offer for a 147, and was disappointed to learn later in the frame that he only stood to claim the £4,000 highest break prize.
And he told talkSPORT: "I'm not going to change, I'll never change. I was talking to (World Snooker chairman) Barry Hearn yesterday and I told him: 'If you like, that can be my last game of snooker ever. I'm quite happy to walk away' - and I mean that.
"I'm not going to change. I'm going to carry on doing what I do. I don't hurt anybody. I love my sport. I'm not a parakeet. I'm not into gambling. I play snooker because I love the game and try to play to the best of my ability.
"I said to Barry that I'm not the most confident person when I'm out there and it's hard for me to get up for playing. That's why I'm happy to walk away.
"I sometimes get frustrated with my own performance because I like to play at a high level all the time and, when I don't do that, my behaviour can reflect that because I do strange things."
And he played down the seriousness of Monday's peculiar episode, saying: "I just thought I'd have a bit of fun. The money wasn't an issue. I just thought I'd ruffle a few feathers to get everyone on their toes.
"The 147 was on and I fancied it, even though I'm not playing well. I don't fancy myself to win this tournament because I'm not playing well enough, but I can make a maximum.
"So I thought I'd go for it and I didn't mean anything malicious by it [the refusal to pot the black]. I really wasn't going to pot the black but I can't believe everyone's getting so crazy about it.
"My biggest buzz in my sport was when I was playing at 16 in front of my hero, Stephen Hendry, and it was the first time he'd seen me play. I was playing James Wattana and I made a 140 break and decided not to pot the black. And Hendry just looked as if to say, 'you know what, I like that'. It's something only other top sportsmen would appreciate.
"I'm a bit disappointed that everyone is finding the negative in it because it's about entertainment and expressing yourself, and that's all I was doing.
"It was about proving a point, not about the money. I'll give the £4,000 to charity because it's not the money. It would be nice if there was a bigger prize - I think there should be really - but I wasn't losing any sleep over it. It's just weird what some people read into it."
Well I just hope a good night of sleep will make him reconsider ... or just think about what he will be doing away from snooker.
I'm not too worried
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