Ronnie O'Sullivan

Snooker Player
Born Dec 5, 1975

Ronald Antonio "Ronnie" O'Sullivan, is an English professional snooker player known for his rapid playing style and nicknamed "The Rocket". He has been World Champion on three occasions, and is second on the all-time prize-money list, with career earnings of over £6 million, behind only Stephen Hendry. O'Sullivan has been the world's no. 1 player on five occasions, has won a total of 23 ranking titles, and is second, again behind Hendry, on the list of competitive century breaks with 666.… Read More

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1975 Birth Born on December 5, 1975.
1985 9 Years Old Aged 36, and just 40 days older than Dennis Taylor was when he won the title in 1985, O'Sullivan became the oldest world champion since 45-year-old Ray Reardon in 1978. … Read More


1991 15 Years Old …  He compiled his first maximum break in the final of the 1991 British Amateur Championships at age 15, and won the IBSF World Under-21 Championship in the same year.
He turned professional in 1992, aged 16.
…  He achieved his first major professional success when he won the 1993 UK Championship at the age of 17 years and 358 days, making him the youngest player ever to win a ranking title, a record he still holds. … Read More
1994 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Having started the season ranked number 57 in the world, he ended it ranked number 9, and was named the WPBSA's Player of the Year for 1994.


1996 - 2001 9 More Events
At the 2002 World Championship, before meeting Hendry in the semi-finals, O'Sullivan said during a pre-match interview: "I know if I do get beat and he comes up and does a moonie in front of me and goes 'Ne ne ne', I'll just look at him and say 'well done' and say 'go back to your sad little life'.", referring to a previous match against Hendry in 1999. … Read More
2003 27 Years Old In the 2003/2004 season, O'Sullivan reached three ranking-event finals. … Read More
In 2004, O'Sullivan's father telephoned six-time World Champion Ray Reardon, and asked if he could give O'Sullivan some advice.
In 2005, O'Sullivan defended his Welsh Open title, by defeating Stephen Hendry 9–8. … Read More


2006 30 Years Old 1 More Event
The 2006 World Championship began with O'Sullivan defeating Dave Harold 10–4, followed by a struggle through to a 13–10 win in his second-round match against Welshman Ryan Day. … Read More
O'Sullivan returned to action at the Masters, to a mixed response from the audience (being both booed and clapped). He won his first round match 6–1 on 16 January 2007, against Ali Carter, making two century breaks in the process. … Read More
…  In June 2008, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association punished him for his behaviour by docking the appearance-money and world-ranking points that he had earned from the event.
…  During an exhibition in Ireland in January 2009, O'Sullivan and Jimmy White made maximum breaks in consecutive frames.
2010 34 Years Old O'Sullivan began the 2010/2011 season at Event 1 of the Players Tour Championship, where he lost in the quarter-finals against Jamie Cope, 0–4. … Read More
…  O'Sullivan reached the semi-finals in the Snooker Shoot-Out in January 2011, before losing against Robert Milkins. … Read More
2012 36 Years Old 1 More Event
On 10 May 2012, O'Sullivan was named as the World Snooker Player of the Year and the Snooker Writers Player of the Year. … Read More
…  In February 2013, he became engaged to actress and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Laila Rouass, with whom he had been in a relationship since early 2012. … Read More
2014 38 Years Old 1 More Event
O'Sullivan started the 2014/2015 season at the Paul Hunter Classic, but lost 2–4 against Tian Pengfei in the last 16. … Read More
O'Sullivan started broadcasting regularly on Brentwood radio station Phoenix FM in May 2015, co-hosting the Midweek Matchzone show with Chris Hood. … Read More


In the 2016 New Year Honours, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to snooker. … Read More
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