Ali Carter admits he “feels sorry” for Ronnie O’Sullivan and has questioned his rival’s mental wellbeing following his extraordinary rant after The Masters final.
O’Sullivan unleashed an expletive-filled tirade on Carter in his post-final press conference at Alexandra Palace on Sunday, insisting he needs to “sort his f***ing life out” and branding him “a f***ing nightmare.”
This came after Carter had accused O’Sullivan of “snotting all over the floor” in the arena during his comeback from 6-3 down to clinch an eighth Masters title courtesy of a 10-7 success.
Carter has issued his response to The Rocket’s rant after being questioned on the comments on ITV Sport prior to his First Round match at the World Grand Prix on Tuesday.
“Ronnie’s entitled to his opinion of me,” said Carter. “I just said how it was, I talk facts, simple as that.
“It makes no difference to me what he says. He says different things on different days, I don’t think even he knows what’s going to come out of his mouth at certain times.
“I actually feel a bit sorry for him, I don’t think he’s that well mentally.
“We move forward and we go again this week.”
Carter was also heavily critical of a section of the crowd at Ally Pally on Sunday, with a boisterous contingent calling out on numerous occasions during the final.
He has since doubled down on his post-final comments, insisting a small minority “spoilt” the occasion.
He added: “I’m hitting the ball really well and it was a great experience to play in The Masters final against Ronnie.
“It was an unbelievable atmosphere, not so nice in the evening. I’m not just saying that because I didn’t win in the end.
“Certain individuals spoiled it a bit but that’s only my view and my perspective.
“But going back to my game, I’m in a good place, I’m playing well.
“I’m a bit tired but it’s only a best of seven today so we’re here, I’ve been in the door about 25 minutes and I’m straight on.”
Carter takes on China’s Wu Yize at the Morningside Arena in Leicester on Tuesday afternoon, before O’Sullivan faces Pang Junxu in the evening session.
The pair are situated in opposite halves of the draw and therefore cannot meet until the final on Sunday.
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