Judd Trump has hit out at Ronnie O’Sullivan following his rival’s proposal of a break-away tour, claiming he is “living on a different planet” and “a bit on his own”.
O’Sullivan has voiced his discontent with the number of tournaments on the calendar and the travelling required to compete as regularly as possible.
The five-time World Champion has canvassed the idea of an elite break-away tour in which he hopes he would be joined by the likes of John Higgins and Stephen Hendry.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn has blasted the 42-year-old’s proposal as “nonsensical”, but O’Sullivan in unfazed by the prospect of any disciplinary action as a result of his remarks, insisting Hearn can ban him.
World number five Trump, who defeated ‘The Rocket’ in the recent Northern Ireland Open final, believes O’Sullivan’s plans are out of touch with his fellow professionals.
“I think he’s living on a different planet to the rest of us,” said Trump.
“Money’s not an issue to him, he can take chances, he’s got such a strong following that he’s always going to be able to earn money in the game.
“He’s got absolutely no worries.
“I think he’s a bit on his own there. Personally, I think what Barry Hearn has done is amazing for us, the money is going up every year, conditions have been a lot better recently, tables are playing well.
“I’m more than happy with what’s going on and how I’m playing.
“Obviously you’d always be happy to have another tour on the side, earning extra money, but for most of the players I think we’re all pretty happy,” he added.