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Ronnie O’Sullivan: “I’m not the Rolling Stones - I’m more like James Blunt”

O'Sullivan charges into the Last Eight (credit: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan has compared himself to a band or artist on a world tour, but insists that he is happy to play the role as the supporting act while the other players continue to write the great albums.

The Rocket’s analogy came after completing a 13-7 victory over Shaun Murphy to book his place in the quarter-finals of the 2017 World Championship on Saturday – securing his 18th appearance in the Last Eight at the Crucible.

However, despite a commanding performance, the five-time champion played down any talk of being motivated at the prospect of a sixth World title – insisting his priorities have changed in recent years.

“I look at myself as a band or a singer nowadays – if you want to write great albums every year, you do well on the snooker circuit,” he explained. “But I’m not confident enough of writing brilliant albums every year.

“I just choose to come, play the tournaments, have fun, do my best and be fiercely competitive. But my main aim now is to go around playing exhibitions, doing my work with Eurosport and other things outside of the snooker industry. It’s really fun, I’ve enjoyed it a lot and wish I’d done it a lot sooner in my career.

“That way I become like a band doing a world tour – pitching up, playing and there’s no pressure there because all you have to do is turn up and have a good night or bad night, it doesn’t really matter.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Ronnie O'Sullivan of England in action during his first round match against Gary Wilson of England on day one of the World Championship Snooker at the Crucible Theatre on April 15, 2017 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
“I enjoy being in that position more. I have a responsibility to try and play to a certain level, but you can’t do it all so I have to balance the books sometimes.”

Although he won a record-breaking seventh Masters crown in January, O’Sullivan is seeking his first ranking event success for nearly 14 months.

He has reached the final of the European Masters and UK Championship before losing to Judd Trump and Mark Selby respectively – both of whom have collected multiple trophies during the campaign.

However, despite having dropped to 12th in the world rankings and not feeling like the top dog anymore, the 41-year-old insists he is more than content with playing the role of “supporting act.”

“I’m not like the Rolling Stones – they’re the big act and wouldn’t really support anybody – maybe a bit like a James Blunt, he seems like a pretty cool dude!” He laughed.

“I haven’t had the greatest of seasons – I haven’t written a great album – but it hasn’t been a bad year.

“I don’t see that I need to write a great album anymore, I just need to be a supporting act. I don’t mind letting other guys write the good albums, I’m happy to just be invited along but then to fade back into the security of life.

“There might not be the intensity or tournament wins that there were three or four years ago, but I’m happier for it."


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Ronnie O’Sullivan: “I’m not the Rolling Stones - I’m more like James Blunt”

Ronnie O’Sullivan has compared himself to a band or artist on a world tour, but insists that he is happy to play the role as the supporting act while the other players continue to write the great albums.

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