Ronnie O’Sullivan reflects on ‘stress’ of World Championship win and plans for the future

Ronnie O’Sullivan has outlined his plans to continue playing snooker for “another five decent years”, following his historic World Snooker Championship win earlier this month.

O’Sullivan defeated Judd Trump 18-13 in the final to win his seventh world title and also become the oldest winner in Crucible history at the age of 46. He also reflected on the “stress” of competing in the tournament, admitting he is “just recovering” from it.

Speaking to Eurosport, O’Sullivan said: “It is really good that everybody is excited by snooker again. Maybe it has taken a little turn and is on the up.

“It is a long time playing at the World Championship, a lot of stress and I’m just recovering. It is hard work, but it was job done, so worth it.”

O’Sullivan continued: “I’m 46 banging on 47 so to know I can still win it lets me know I could have another five decent years. It is such a long tournament.

“It is a bit like the Grand Slams in tennis when they play five sets rather than just the three. It is more about lasting the event more than anything.”

O'Sullivan is keen to continue playing for another five years
O’Sullivan is keen to continue playing for another five years

O’Sullivan is now enjoying some time off after his world title win, but plans to remain active once the new season starts.

“The season starts again in August so I’m pretty much going to play in most things,” he added. “Come September/October time, I’ll start getting my head down again to practise. I’m just going to play in virtually every tournament.”

O’Sullivan could return to action in August at the European Masters in Switzerland. However, the British Open in September is more likely, having withdrawn from last year’s edition of the tournament.

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