Ronnie O’Sullivan

Ronnie O’Sullivan

Ronnie O’Sullivan is a seven times World Champion snooker player. He has won 41 ranking titles, including 8 UK Championships, 3 minor ranking titles and 26 invitational professional tournaments, among them 8 Masters titles. He is considered by many who play & report on the game to be the greatest snooker player in the open era.

Beginnings

From a noted child snooker prodigy. Ronnie turned professional in 1992. He recorded the youngest ever victory in a ranking tournament when he won the 1993 UK Championship aged 17. He is considered by many fellow players, pundits and fans, to be the most naturally gifted player ever to grace snooker, a “genius”. Seven times World Champion and most commercially successful ever player Stephen Hendry has repeatedly branded him as the best player in the game.

Achievements

At the 1997 Sheffield World Championships, Ronnie achieved the fastest competitive maximum break in the history of snooker (see below). Only four years later, in 2001, he reached his debut world final, where he won the prestigious title – the feat was followed by the 2002 and 2004 world number one ranking. At the 2017 Masters, Ronnie took the title for the seventh time, followed by his 19th title in the Triple Crown Series. In 2019, he made his 1000th-century professional break, making Ronnie the first to reach the a milestone. With such a vast number of wins, it is no surprise that Ronnie was nicknamed The Rocket!

Records

He holds the record for the fastest recorded maximum break, made whilst playing Mick Price in the World Snooker Championship on 21 April 1997; he completed the clearance in 5 minutes and 20 seconds – an average of one shot every 9 seconds. In fact, his six maximum breaks include the five fastest on record.

Television & Broadcasting

Eurosport signed an exclusive deal with O’Sullivan in March 2014. Making him its global ambassador for snooker, with the goal of driving its international appeal. As part of this deal, O’Sullivan created a special snooker series for the network called The Ronnie O’Sullivan Show, which included his insights into the game, interviews with other professional players, and playing tips. He frequently appears as a pundit on Eurosport’s snooker coverage, alongside Jimmy White and Neal Foulds. He is also involved with snooker games on DOS and Windows in 1996, PlayStation and Xbox game.

In 2017, Ronnie starred in a short series Ronnie O’Sullivan’s American Hustle with broadcaster Matt Smith, in which the pair toured different cities in the United States learning the art of pool hustling.

Mental Health

Ronnie has been treated for bouts of depression. Psychiatrist and sports psychologist Steve Peters has worked with him. Helping to overcome his mood swings and gain personal motivation and reflection.

Documentary film

A documentary film titled Ronnie O’Sullivan: ‘The Edge of Everything’ produced Studio 99, directed by filmmaker Sam Blair. The film premiered in London on 21 November 2023, and was released on Amazon Prime Video on 23 November. It highlighted the hardships he faced as a professional at the highest level of snooker, as well as how his personal life had impacted his career.

Author

Ronnie has written three crime novels in collaboration with author Emlyn Rees: ‘Framed’ (2016), ‘Double Kiss’ (2017), and ‘The Break’ (2018). The novels are not autobiographical. But are loosely based on his early experiences and family life. He has also written two autobiographies. His first, ‘Ronnie’: The Autobiography of Ronnie O’Sullivan, was published in 2003; and his second, ‘Running’: The Autobiography, was published in 2013. Ronnie has also co-written a health and fitness book with nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert entitled ‘Top of Your Game’: Eating for Mind and Body. Published in 2019, it contains healthy recipes and advice for living better, eating healthier and feeding your brain to enhance your performance.

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