Ronnie O'Sullivan
snooker player
Ronnie O'Sullivan
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.
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O'Sullivan claims record-equalling sixth Masters title - about 1 year
LONDON (Reuters) - Ronnie O'Sullivan showed why he is called Rocket as he earned a record-equalling sixth Masters title by thrashing Barry Hawkins 10-1 in the final at London's Alexandra Palace on Sunday.
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McCoy to become Sir AP in New Year honours
Yahoo News - about 1 year
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's twenty-times champion jump jockey AP McCoy was knighted by the Queen in the New Year Honours List on Wednesday. The 41-year-old Northern Irishman retired this year after riding a record 4,357 winners, including two Cheltenham Gold Cups, three Champion Hurdles and the 2010 Grand National. Former footballers Denis Law and Francis Lee were awarded CBEs along with former Formula One and motorcycling world champion John Surtees. Twice Tour de France winner Chris Froome and five-times world snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan were awarded OBEs. (Reporting by Ed Osmond)
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O'Sullivan socks it to Steadman at snooker championship
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Ronnie O'Sullivan completed a routine 10-3 victory over debutant Craig Steadman at the World Championship on Wednesday, having played part of the first-round match in his socks. O'Sullivan took off his shoes during play on Tuesday after complaining that they were uncomfortable, briefly playing in his socks before being loaned new footwear by tournament director Mike Ganley. The five-time world champion could face a £250 ($377, 350 euros) fine for contravening the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association's dress code, but he laughed off the matter after sinking Steadman. "I've got no fashion sense at all," O'Sullivan told the BBC.
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Ronnie O'Sullivan takes off his shoes at the World Championship but still manages to sock it to new boy Craig Steadman
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Ronnie O’Sullivan took off his shoes mid-match at the Crucible on Tuesday — but still socked it to debutant Craig Steadman. He could face a fine for breaking snooker etiquette in failing to wear smart shoes.
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Ronnie O'Sullivan reveals how he hates waiting on slow players
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan has revealed what goes through his mind while he's waiting for his opponent to finish at the table - and it's usually whether he will make it to dinner or not.
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'Diabolical' Ronnie O'Sullivan dispatches Graeme Dott to reach semi-finals of the World Grand Prix
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Ronnie O'Sullivan beat Graeme Dott 4-1 to progress to the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix in Llandudno, but called his performance 'diabolical'.
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O'Sullivan, Selby into Masters final
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Ronnie O'Sullivan eased past Stephen Maguire 6-2 to set up a Masters final showdown with defending champion Mark Selby. O'Sullivan, 38, finished off the semi-final with a century break. Sunday's title match will be a repeat of the 2009 and 2010 finals, with O'Sullivan chasing his fifth Masters title. "This is the final of the Masters and you have to enjoy occasions like this," O'Sullivan told the BBC.
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Record-setting O'Sullivan reaches Masters semis
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan took less than an hour to book his place in the semi-finals of the Masters tournament with a record-breaking 6-0 rout of Ricky Walden on Friday. O'Sullivan, 38, needed just 59 minutes to brush aside Walden at London's Alexandra Palace as he chases a fifth title in the prestigious event. Remarkably, after Walden had led in the opener with a break of 38, O'Sullivan's frame-winning response of 79 started a run of 556 points without reply. China's Ding Junhui held the previous record with 495 points without reply, against Stephen Hendry in the 2007 Premier League.
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O'Sullivan explains match-fixing comments - over 3 years
LONDON (Reuters) - World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan issued a statement on Thursday to clarify his comments after former world number five Stephen Lee was found guilty of match-fixing this week.
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Thetford Snooker Club on look out for next Ronnie O’Sullivan
Bury Free Press - over 3 years
A new junior snooker coaching group has been established at Thetford Snooker Centre, aiming to produce the next Ronnie O’Sullivan and Reanne Evans.
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O'Sullivan on track to follow famous namesake
Bucks Free Press - over 3 years
BUCKS teenage snooker sensation Sonnie O’Sullivan has been crowned Cuestars South of England U21 champion after winning a dramatic top-16 shoot-out.
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O'Sullivan sees off Hawkins to win fifth world title - almost 4 years
SHEFFIELD, England (Reuters) - Ronnie O'Sullivan outclassed Barry Hawkins 18-12 on Monday to win his fifth world snooker championship and become only the third man to claim back-to-back titles at the Crucible Theatre.
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Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Judd Trump 17-11 to seal place in World Snooker Championship final Crucible
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 4 years
Ronnie O'Sullivan rocketed to his fifth Betfair World Championship final as he brushed aside the challenge of Judd Trump at Sheffield's Crucible with a 17-11 victory.
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O'Sullivan threatens to quit green baize again - almost 4 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Four-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan cruised into the semi-finals of the world snooker championship on Wednesday and said he had only returned to the tables to earn enough money to pay his children's overdue school fees.
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Ronnie O'Sullivan has February to decide if he will defend his World title
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
Snooker's World Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan will have to decide if he wants to defend his world title at the Crucible by the end of February.
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Ronnie O'Sullivan may retire from snooker, admits Joe Johnson
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Snooker may have to get used to the idea of Ronnie O’Sullivan never returning to the sport, according to another former world champion.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 2016
    Age 40
    O'Sullivan has also written a crime novel, entitled Framed, which will be published in 2016.
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    In August 2016, O'Sullivan agreed to compete in the season's inaugural Home Nations series of tournaments that will take place in 2016 through 2017.
    More Details Hide Details He competed in the Shanghai Masters, defeating Liang Wenbo 5–4 in the first round. It was his first professional tournament match in five months. In the second round, he lost to Michael Holt by 5–2. O'Sullivan is currently in the qualifying rounds of the European Masters, and will face Xiao Guodong in the first round of the International Championship. O'Sullivan plays in a fast and attacking manner. He is a prolific breakbuilder and solid tactical player. He has stated his disdain for long, drawn-out games, saying that it harms the game of snooker. He is regarded by many other professionals as an excellent front-runner. In previous years, he could become demoralized by being behind and not playing well, and was liable to lose several consecutive frames. He is right-handed but can play to a very high standard with his left hand and routinely alternates where needed. While not quite possessing the same power in his left arm, being ambidextrous enables him to attempt shots with his left hand that would otherwise require awkward cueing with a or.
    In the 2016 New Year Honours, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to snooker.
    More Details Hide Details In group one of the Championship League, he made the 800th competitive century break of his career in his match against Barry Hawkins, and went on to defeat Ricky Walden 3–0 in the semi-finals and Robert Milkins 3–0 in the final, earning a ticket to the winners' group. At the Masters, he defeated Mark Williams 6–5 in the first round, Mark Selby 6–3 in the quarter-finals, and Stuart Bingham 6–3 in the semi-finals to reach the eleventh Masters final of his career. He defeated Barry Hawkins 10–1 in the final to win his sixth Masters title and equal Stephen Hendry's record for the most Masters wins. At the Welsh Open, O'Sullivan defeated Barry Pinches 4–1 in the first round. In the fifth frame of the match, O'Sullivan declined the opportunity to make a maximum break, potting the pink off the penultimate red and completing a break of 146. He stated afterward that the prize money of £10,000 was not worthy of a 147. World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn called the decision "unacceptable" and "disrespectful". In the second round, he defeated Tian Pengfei 4–0 in just 39 minutes, with breaks of 110, 90, 112 and 102 in the four frames played. Tian scored only 37 points in the match. In the third round, he defeated Jimmy Robertson 4–0 in 55 minutes, a performance that included breaks of 94 and 131 as part of a run of 300 points without reply.
  • 2015
    Age 39
    O'Sullivan publicly endorsed Labour's Ed Miliband in the 2015 general election and played a game of pool against the Labour leader, who had previously expressed his admiration for O'Sullivan.
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    O'Sullivan works for Eurosport with Jimmy White and Neal Foulds doing analysis for events that he does not take part in or qualify for like the 2015 UK Championship and the 2016 German Masters.
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    He returned to professional competition in the qualifying rounds for the German Masters in December 2015, defeating Hamza Akbar 5–1 in the first round, but losing 3–5 to Stuart Carrington in the second round.
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    O'Sullivan won the pro–am Pink Ribbon tournament in July 2015, defeating Darryn Walker 4–2 in the final, but took a hiatus from the professional tour for almost eight months.
    More Details Hide Details He declined to defend his Champion of Champions and UK Championship titles, stating that he was suffering from debilitating insomnia, but he made his debut providing in-studio expert analysis during the UK Championship, alongside Jimmy White.
    O'Sullivan started broadcasting regularly on Brentwood radio station Phoenix FM in May 2015, co-hosting the Midweek Matchzone show with Chris Hood.
    More Details Hide Details O'Sullivan has previously broadcast a number of hour-long specials for the station. In March 2014, Eurosport announced that it had signed an exclusive deal with O'Sullivan to make him its global ambassador for snooker, with the goal of driving the sport's international appeal. As part of the deal, O'Sullivan creates an exclusive snooker series for the network called The Ronnie O'Sullivan Show, which includes his insights into the game, interviews with other professional players, and playing tips. He also wrote for Eurosport-Yahoo! websites and mobile apps during the World Championship.
  • 2014
    Age 38
    On 4 December 2014, O'Sullivan completed his 13th career maximum break in the fourth round of the UK Championship, against Matthew Selt.
    More Details Hide Details Three days later he won his fifth UK Championship, coming through 10–9 against Judd Trump in the final. After trailing 1–5 and 4–9, Trump won five frames in succession, before O'Sullivan prevailed in the deciding frame despite playing with a broken ankle, having broken it the previous week whilst running. In the opening frame of his quarter-final match with Marco Fu at the Masters, O'Sullivan compiled the 776th century break of his career to overtake Stephen Hendry as the player with the most tons in the history of the sport. He received a standing ovation from the audience and went on to beat Fu 6–1. However, in the semi-finals he was defeated 6–1 by Neil Robertson, which meant O'Sullivan lost at that stage for the first time in his Masters' career after 10 prior victories and also ended a winning streak in all competitions which stood at 15 matches.
    O'Sullivan started the 2014/2015 season at the Paul Hunter Classic, but lost 2–4 against Tian Pengfei in the last 16.
    More Details Hide Details His first ranking event was the Shanghai Masters, where he lost 3–5 against Alan McManus. Ronnie O'Sullivan then competed in the International Championship, cited as the biggest event in Asia, in Chengdu after beating James Cahill to qualify. Having battled to beat Ben Woollaston 6–4, in his opening match of the tournament, Ronnie sailed past his next two opponents, McGill and Li Hang, 6–1. This set up a meeting with Mark Williams, a man who had not beat O'Sullivan for 12 years, in the quarters; however, after falling 3–0 behind, Williams won the next 5 frames and eventually the match, 6–5. O'Sullivan next competed in the Champion of Champions where he was defending champion. O'Sullivan begun his defence with a 4–2 defeat of Stuart Bingham. He then went on to whitewash Marco Fu 6–0 to reach the semi-final. In the semi-final, O'Sullivan defeated Ding Junhui 6–4 and then went on to defeat Judd Trump in a high-scoring final, 10–7, making four century breaks and eleven breaks over fifty during the match.
  • 2013
    Age 37
    It fined him £6,000 and ordered him to pay £1,000 in costs over three posts on his personal Twitter account, made in September and October 2013, that it deemed damaging to the image of the sport.
    More Details Hide Details The first post related to match-fixing allegations, the second to a suggestion that he had used performance-enhancing drugs, and the third to a tweet that was described as "offensive". The committee fined him an additional £1,000 for making "abusive, insulting and disrespectful" comments to referee Jan Verhaas during the December 2013 qualifying round for the German Masters. The incident arose after Verhaas asked O'Sullivan to tuck his shirt in during the match. O'Sullivan apologised for his conduct with the referee, stating that he felt unwell on the day and that the venue was overly warm. At the Welsh Open, O'Sullivan defeated Ricky Walden 4–1 in the last 16, John Higgins 5–1 in the quarter-finals, and Barry Hawkins 6–2 in the semi-finals. He defeated Ding Junhui 9–3 in the final to win his third Welsh Open title, and the 26th ranking title of his career. In the last frame of the final, he compiled a record 12th maximum break in professional competition, breaking the previous record of 11 maximum breaks that he had held jointly with Stephen Hendry. During the season O'Sullivan competed at the Players Tour Championship, and finished second on the European Tour Order of Merit, to qualify for the Players Championship Grand Final. There he defeated Scott Donaldson 4–0 in the last 32, but lost 3–4 against Yu Delu in the last 16, despite making a 140, the highest break of the tournament.
    In August 2013 he announced that his tournament schedule for the remainder of the season would include the UK Championship, the German Masters, the Masters, and the Welsh Open, as well as returning to the Crucible in 2014 to defend his World Championship title.
    More Details Hide Details In the same month he suffered a surprise 1–4 defeat against Peter Lines in the last 32 of the Bluebell Wood Open, but went on to win the Paul Hunter Classic by defeating Gerard Greene 4–0 in the final. O'Sullivan then qualified for the International Championship by defeating Joel Walker 6–1 in the qualifying round, and defeated Anthony McGill 6–2 at the venue, before losing 4–6 against Liang Wenbo in the last 32. After that O'Sullivan reached the final of the Antwerp Open, but lost 3–4 against Mark Selby, despite leading 3–1. In the Champion of Champions he defeated Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson in final frame deciders and went on to win the title by defeating Stuart Bingham 10–8 in the final. He reached the quarter-finals of the UK Championship, but lost 4–6 against Bingham, despite making breaks of 135 and 127 in the match. At the Masters, O'Sullivan defeated Robert Milkins 6–1 in the first round, before he whitewashed Ricky Walden 6–0 in the quarter-finals, a match that lasted just 57 minutes and 48 seconds. During the match he scored 556 points without reply, a new record in a professional event, beating the previous record of 495 points set by Ding Junhui at the 2007 Premier League Snooker. He defeated Stephen Maguire 6–2 in the semi-finals to reach a record tenth Masters final, surpassing the nine appearances by Stephen Hendry. Facing defending champion Mark Selby in the final, he took a 7–1 lead in the first session, before going on to a 10–4 victory for his fifth Masters title.
    In June 2013 he competed in the Bulgarian Open, his first tournament appearance outside England in 15 months, but lost 2–4 against John Higgins in the semi-finals.
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    O'Sullivan started the 2013/2014 season ranked number 19.
    More Details Hide Details For personal reasons, he pulled out of the first ranking tournament of the season, the Wuxi Classic, shortly before he was due to face Michael Wasley in the qualifying round.
    On 1 May 2013, O'Sullivan announced that his return to the Crucible would be short-lived, and that he would not compete in future World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details However, after his title win, O'Sullivan refused definitively to rule out a title defence in 2014, saying in a post-match interview that "I just love playing, so I will definitely be playing in some smaller events, and we will just see what goes on."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He has been labelled a perfectionist, and highly self-critical, even in victory. He suffered from clinical depression, and has had drug-related problems, but works with the sports psychologist Steve Peters, who has helped him overcome his mood swings. Noted for repeatedly declaring his intention to leave the sport, O'Sullivan worked during the 2012/2013 season on a pig farm. In 2003, media sources carried reports that O'Sullivan had converted to Islam, but despite his self-professed interest in the faith, these reports were proven to be false. O'Sullivan also espouses an interest in Buddhism, having spent many lunchtimes at the London Buddhist Centre in Bethnal Green. However, he denies having a firm commitment to any religion. O'Sullivan is a keen football fan and is a supporter of Arsenal. Another of his hobbies is motor racing. In 2004, he appeared on Top Gear as the "Star in a", and finished with a time of 1:47.3 around the test track in a Suzuki Liana. He also succeeded in clearing a snooker table of four reds plus all the colours faster than the Stig was able to drive O'Sullivan's own Mercedes SL 500, with its "147" number plate, around the track. Over the weekend of 15–16 August 2009, in the Volkswagen Racing Cup at Silverstone using a Volkswagen Jetta with the car number "147", he drove two 20-minute rounds. In the first round, he spun off into a gravel trap, but fared better in the second, in which he finished 14th.
  • 2012
    Age 36
    On 6 June the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association released a statement announcing that O'Sullivan had not signed the official players' contract and would therefore not be eligible to play in any 2012/2013 World Snooker event until he did so.
    More Details Hide Details On the same day O'Sullivan said that he found the contract "too onerous" and that he was in a stage of his career where he did not wish to make the commitment. On 7 August it was announced that he had now signed the contract and would be playing in October's International Championship and December's UK Championship. O'Sullivan returned to action at the third UK event of the Players Tour Championship in September, where he lost 3–4 to Simon Bedford after leading 3–2. After the Shanghai Masters he dropped out of the top sixteen for the first time since entering it in the 1994/1995 season, as he was ranked world number 17. O'Sullivan's return to snooker was short-lived, as he withdrew from the inaugural International Championship due to advice from his doctor not to travel. On 6 November O'Sullivan announced that he had withdrawn from every event he had entered and that he would not play for the remainder of the season. However, on 26 February O'Sullivan announced during a press conference that he would return to the game and defend his World Championship title.
    On 10 May 2012, O'Sullivan was named as the World Snooker Player of the Year and the Snooker Writers Player of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details He was also inducted into the Hall of Fame, along with Walter Donaldson, Mark Williams and John Higgins.
  • 2011
    Age 35
    In November 2011 he reached the final of the Antwerp Open, but lost 3–4 against Judd Trump.
    More Details Hide Details After 12 of 12 events, O'Sullivan was ranked number two on the Order of Merit, and qualified for the Finals, but withdrew due to medical reasons. O'Sullivan won the 10th Premier League title of his career. After topping the table in the league stage, he defeated Mark Williams to reach the final, where he defeated Ding Junhui 7–1. His next tournament was the UK Championship, where he lost in the second round 5–6 against eventual champion Judd Trump. At the Masters, he again lost against Trump, this time 2–6 in the quarter-finals. At the German Masters, he reached his first ranking final since the 2010 World Open, and won 9–7 against Stephen Maguire, despite having trailed 0–4 against Andrew Higginson in the first round. He then reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Open, and the quarter-finals of the China Open, but lost 2–6 against Mark Selby and 4–5 against Maguire.
    In October 2011 he won the Kay Suzanne Memorial Trophy, by defeating Matthew Stevens 4–2 in the final.
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    O'Sullivan began the 2011/2012 season at Event 1 of the Players Tour Championship, where he won 4–0 in the final against Joe Perry.
    More Details Hide Details At the Paul Hunter Classic, he made the 11th official maximum break of his career, and set a new record of career maximum breaks. He reached the semi-finals, but lost 3–4 against Mark Selby. His next tournament was the Shanghai Masters, where he reached the second round, but lost 3–5 against Anthony Hamilton.
    O'Sullivan reached the semi-finals in the Snooker Shoot-Out in January 2011, before losing against Robert Milkins.
    More Details Hide Details He made the two highest breaks of the tournament, 112 and 123. He then lost in the first round of the next two ranking tournaments, both times against Ryan Day. He lost 2–4 at the Welsh Open, and 2–5 at the China Open. He reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship by defeating Dominic Dale 10–2 in the first round and Shaun Murphy 13–10 in the second round, but lost 10–13 against John Higgins.
  • 2010
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details O'Sullivan next competed at Event 4, where reached the final, but he lost 3–4 against Barry Pinches. At the World Open O'Sullivan made his record 10th maximum break in the last frame of his match against Mark King, which he won 3–0. However, he had to be persuaded by referee Jan Verhaas to play the final black, as he had become aware that there was no distinct prize money for a maximum break in the tournament, but only a prize of £4,000 for the highest break. Even then, he played the final black in a nonchalant fashion. O'Sullivan then defeated Jimmy White (3–1), Stephen Hendry (3–1), Stephen Maguire (3–1) and Peter Ebdon (3–1) to reach the final, where he lost 1–5 against Neil Robertson. O'Sullivan participated at the Premier League Snooker, and qualified for the finals unbeaten. He then defeated Neil Robertson 5–1 in the semi-finals, and Shaun Murphy 7–1 in the final, to claim his ninth Premier League Snooker title in 14 years. In the UK Championship in December, O'Sullivan suffered an early exit, losing 6–9 against Stuart Bingham in the first round.
  • 2009
    Age 33
    Following his 9–3 victory over Matthew Stevens in the first round of the UK Championship on 7 December 2009, O'Sullivan caused controversy in his post-match press conference.
    More Details Hide Details He described the outgoing regime at the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (headed by Sir Rodney Walker) as "a cancer running through the game" and also said, "Leukaemia has set in". He went on to endorse the new era of snooker, headed by Barry Hearn. He then won his next two matches, 9–3 against Peter Ebdon in the last 16, and Mark Selby in the quarter-finals, before losing the semi–final 8–9 to John Higgins, despite having come back from 2–8 to 8–8. O'Sullivan began the defence of his Masters title by defeating Australian Neil Robertson 6–4 in the first round, after having trailed 0–3. After this, he defeated Peter Ebdon 6–3 in the quarter-final. In the semi-final, he beat Mark Williams 6–5, to reach his 6th Masters final in 7 years. O'Sullivan met Mark Selby in the final for the second consecutive year, and lost 9–10 despite having led 9–6. In the Welsh Open, he reached the semi–finals by beating Stuart Bingham 5–1 in the first round, Jamie Cope 5–0 in the second round, and Mark Allen 5–2 in the quarter-finals, but lost 4–6 against John Higgins in the semi–finals. O'Sullivan lost 3–5 in the first round of the China Open, against 22-year-old wild card Tian Pengfei. In the eighth frame, O'Sullivan made a mistake on the final black, and the ball finished over the pocket. He immediately conceded frame and match.
    On 29 November 2009, O'Sullivan did not retain his Premier League Snooker title, with Shaun Murphy defeating him 7–3 in the final.
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    In the first round of 2009 World Championship O'Sullivan compiled three centuries in his 10–5 win against Stuart Bingham.
    More Details Hide Details O'Sullivan compiled a 140 break in the second, a 104 in the eighth, and a 103 in the 14th. He was defeated in the second round 11–13, by Mark Allen, after having led 9–7. He began the season by winning the Shanghai Masters, defeating Liang Wenbo 10–5 in the final. On the way to reaching the final, he lost only 6 frames. He beat Graeme Dott 5–0 in the first round, Marco Fu 5–2 in the second round, Ding Junhui 5–3 in the quarter-finals, and John Higgins 6–1 in the semi–finals. After his Shanghai Masters victory, he joined the newly founded Snooker Players Association. In the second ranking event, the Grand Prix, he beat Jamie Burnett 5–3 in the first round, but then lost narrowly against John Higgins in the second round, by 4–5.
    During an exhibition in Ireland in January 2009, O'Sullivan and Jimmy White made maximum breaks in consecutive frames.
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  • 2008
    Age 32
    According to Stephen Hendry after his defeat at the 2008 World Championship, "O'Sullivan is the best player in the world by a country mile".
    More Details Hide Details O'Sullivan has compiled the highest number of competitive century breaks in the sport's history, surpassing Hendry's previous record of 775. O'Sullivan has targeted reaching 1,000 century breaks before he retires. O'Sullivan is one of the most popular players on the circuit, noted for being a 'showman', and has helped improve the image of snooker to the general public. O'Sullivan himself has stated his desire for entertaining the watching public, and has said that slow, gritty games put viewers off. He has often been compared to Alex Higgins and Jimmy White, because of both his natural talent and popularity. O'Sullivan has two verified social network accounts, on Twitter and Sina Weibo, with over 300,000 and over 160,000 followers respectively. He updates his Weibo account with the help of two assistants understanding Chinese.
    O'Sullivan began the 2008/2009 season by winning the Northern Ireland Trophy, defeating Dave Harold 9–3 in the final.
    More Details Hide Details O'Sullivan is the only player to win back-to-back ranking events in the last four years. He then reached the final of the Shanghai Masters, having defeated Stephen Maguire in the semi–finals with two the top breaks of 141 and 145. However, in the final, he was defeated by qualifier Ricky Walden, 10–8. O'Sullivan was leading, but Walden pulled back four frames in a row to win the match. In the Premier League, he secured a 7–2 win over Mark Selby, which meant that he had won the event eight times in total, and five times consecutively. However, O'Sullivan failed to defend his UK Championship title, losing to Joe Perry 5–9 in the second round. O'Sullivan had conceded the twelfth game of the match to go 5–7 down, although Perry held a lead of only 23 points to zero. Commenting afterwards, O'Sullivan said "It might have looked like I lost my head or whatever, but I'm sure I'll bounce back." For this he was later fined £300, and was ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.
    In an interview after his third world-title win, he hinted again that he may not play in the 2008/2009 season, but also stated that he might go on to pursue many more world titles.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the season, O'Sullivan left management company 110sport to join the Romford-based Grove Leisure.
    At the 2008 World Championships, O'Sullivan compiled a record-breaking ninth competitive maximum break against Mark Williams.
    More Details Hide Details It was his third of the season, and also his third maximum at the Crucible. It was the fourth maximum to be compiled in a winning frame of a match (following those of Hendry, Williams, and O'Sullivan himself). Interviewed by Steve Davis just after beating Williams 13–7, he said "I can finally buy a Bentley Continental GT". Soon after potting the final black, snooker legend and commentator Dennis Taylor labelled O'Sullivan as a "total genius." However, O'Sullivan's 147 was equalled by Ali Carter in the same tournament, thus halving the prize-money. O'Sullivan defeated Liu Chuang, Mark Williams, Liang Wenbo and Stephen Hendry en route to the final of the tournament. After the match Hendry described O'Sullivan as "the best in the world by a country mile." He then beat Carter 18–8 for the title on 5 May.
    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 31
    On 15 December 2007, O'Sullivan compiled his eighth maximum break in competition, in the deciding frame of his UK Championship semi–final against Mark Selby at Telford, equalling Hendry's record.
    More Details Hide Details In doing so, he also became only the third person in professional competition to compile a maximum to win a match. Hendry had made the first against O'Sullivan in the 1997 Charity Challenge final, and Mark Williams had made the second, at the Crucible in the first round of the 2005 World Championship. O'Sullivan is also the second player after John Higgins to make 147 breaks in two consecutive ranking tournaments (2007 Northern Ireland Trophy and 2007 Maplin UK Championship). He then went on to win the tournament, beating Stephen Maguire 10–2 in the final (from 8–0 up), thereby receiving a £100,000 cheque for winning his first ranking tournament in almost three years. At the Masters on 12 January, Stephen Maguire edged out O'Sullivan in a final frame, to win their first-round match at Wembley. In the battle of the top two players in the provisional world rankings, O'Sullivan fought back from 1–4 down to level at 5–5 and take the match into a deciding eleventh frame. O'Sullivan missed the final blue with the rest, when poised to win the match, allowing Maguire to reach the quarter-finals. After withdrawing from the invitational Malta Cup, O'Sullivan returned at the Welsh Open in February. Playing a good tournament, he reached the final. Although he led 8–5, Selby won the last four frames to beat him 9–8. O'Sullivan was present at the China Open, in Beijing, where he lost 4–5 to Marco Fu in the first round.
    On 2 December 2007, he won a fourth consecutive, and record seventh total, Premier League Snooker title, by beating John Higgins in the final by a score of 7–4.
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    O'Sullivan went on to win the tournament against Ding Junhui, on 21 January 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In the match, he was noted for his good sportsmanship by Steve Davis, specifically for comforting Ding after the twelfth frame, during which Ding had become visibly upset by an overly partisan member of the crowd, who was later ejected. O'Sullivan was leading 9–3 at the time, and won the next frame for a 10–3 victory. O'Sullivan went out of the Malta Cup with a 3–5 loss to Michael Holt in the first round. He reached the quarter-finals of the Welsh Open, but lost 4–5 against Neil Robertson. In his quarter-final match against Joe Swail at the Irish Masters, O'Sullivan compiled a maximum break on his way to a narrow 5–4 victory, the second 147 in any professional competition in Ireland. The initial maximum break prize of a Citroën Coupe, worth €20,000, was later withdrawn by the organisers. He then defeated John Higgins 6–5 in the semi-finals and won the title by defeating Barry Hawkins 9–1 in the final. O'Sullivan then reached the semi-finals of the China Open, but lost 2–6 against eventual champion Graeme Dott. Just before the World Championship, in which he was to play a first-round match with Ding Junhui again, O'Sullivan claimed that the draw was fixed. This was subsequently denied by World Snooker, and O'Sullivan later retracted his accusation. In the end O'Sullivan won the tie easily by 10 frames to 2. He also won his second-round match against Robertson 13–10 (despite losing six frames in a row at one point), before losing his quarter-final match 9–13 against eventual champion John Higgins.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, he then created more controversy by failing to attend a post-match press conference. He did record a short interview with Steve Davis for the BBC, stating that he was much happier than at the UK Championship, and that he was playing well once again. Sir Rodney Walker later issued a statement declaring that O'Sullivan had been excused from dealing with the media because of the exceptional circumstances affecting him. This decision was criticised by Shaun Murphy, and Ken Doherty.
  • 2006
    Age 30
    In December 2006, in his quarter-final match of the UK Championship against Hendry, O'Sullivan conceded in dramatic fashion part-way into the sixth frame of the best of 17 match.
    More Details Hide Details He had gone 0–4 down after a strong start from Hendry, before finally taking a frame back. At the beginning of the sixth frame, O'Sullivan opened with a break of 24, before leaving himself a difficult shot from black to red. After missing the red, he calmly shook the hand of both Hendry (saying to him that he "had enough of it, mate") and the match referee, Jan Verhaas, and walked out of the arena, stunning everyone present. The incident caused minor disruption to the other quarter-final match, between Graeme Dott and Steve Davis, being played simultaneously in the same arena. Dott later said that he initially thought that O'Sullivan and Hendry were having a fight when he heard an audience member shout "Get a grip, Ronnie." It was later officially confirmed that O'Sullivan had forfeited the match, which was awarded 9–1 to Hendry. O’Sullivan issued a statement later that day, apologising and saying that he would be "back on his feet fighting stronger and harder than ever very soon." On 31 May 2007, World Snooker fined him a total of £20,800 over this incident, and docked him 900 ranking points.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A similar quarter-final match ensued against Mark Williams. O'Sullivan led 10–6 going into the final session. A fightback from Williams saw him take the lead by winning the next five frames; but O'Sullivan held his nerve to take the match 13–11, and faced Graeme Dott in the semi–finals. Dott took an early lead before O'Sullivan drew level at 8–8 at the end of the second session. Cue-tip problems, which had dogged O'Sullivan throughout the event, recurred, including an incident in which television footage appeared to show O'Sullivan deliberately removing the tip of his cue. This secured him a 15-minute break to re-tip the cue, before he returned and made a 124 break. Tournament Director Mike Ganley accepted the player's assurance that the tip had simply fallen off, and no censure was made. The incident drew criticism from his opponent, and from Steve Davis and John Parrott. Dott then took all eight frames of the third session, leaving himself one frame away from his second final in three years. The final session saw O'Sullivan stage a minor fightback, taking three frames in a row, before a mistake let Dott back in for an eventual clearance on the black. After Dott's win, O'Sullivan gave his cue and case to a boy in the crowd. BBC claims he had used as many as 21 different tips during the fortnight; O'Sullivan later stated that he had used seven tips before arriving in Sheffield, and a further eight during the week, and that he would return next season with a new cue.
  • 2005
    Age 29
    O'Sullivan began the 2005/2006 season at the Grand Prix, and reached the final, but lost 2–9 against John Higgins.
    More Details Hide Details In his last 32 match with Mark King at the UK Championship, O'Sullivan sat with a wet towel draped over his head for most of the contest, and lost 8–9. He then successfully defended his Premier League title. Having finished first in the league stage, he defeated Steve Davis 5–3 in the semi-finals, and Stephen Hendry 6–0 in the final. O'Sullivan then reached the final of the Masters, but lost 9–10 against Higgins. O'Sullivan skipped the Malta Cup, and then lost his opening matches at the next two ranking events, as he lost 1–5 against Ian McCulloch at the Welsh Open and 0–5 against James Wattana at the China Open.
    In September 2005, he announced that he would play a truncated 2005/2006 season, spending some time playing eight-ball pool in the United States, having been chosen to compete on the elite International Pool Tour.
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    In 2005, O'Sullivan defended his Welsh Open title, by defeating Stephen Hendry 9–8.
    More Details Hide Details During the tournament, O'Sullivan compiled ten century breaks, including a break of 146, the highest of the tournament. After this, he won his second Masters title, by defeating John Higgins 10–3. After the final, Higgins described O'Sullivan as a "total genius". O'Sullivan then won his third Irish Masters title, by defeating Matthew Stevens 10–8. He then missed the China Open on medical grounds; for which he was criticised by Anthony Hamilton, who said that O'Sullivan has a duty to promote the sport overseas. In the World Championship, O'Sullivan lost to Peter Ebdon in the quarter-final. From 2–8 down, Ebdon began a comeback and eventually won 13–11, by playing in an exceptionally determined and dogged style, with many observers accusing him of deliberate slow play to disrupt O'Sullivan's fast game. After the match, O'Sullivan indicated to the press that he was unlikely to compete in the following season, and would perhaps even retire from the sport altogether. O'Sullivan participated in the Premier League. After finishing third in the table after the league stage, O'Sullivan defeated Hendry 5–0 in the semi-finals, and Williams 6–0 in the final.
  • 2004
    Age 28
    O'Sullivan began the 2004/2005 season by winning the Grand Prix, defeating Ian McCulloch 9–5 in the final.
    More Details Hide Details He then reached the semi-finals of the British Open, losing 1–6 to Stephen Maguire, and the last 32 of the UK Championship, losing 6–9, once again against Maguire.
    With Reardon's help O'Sullivan recovered his form, and won the 2004 World Championship.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated Hendry 17–4 in the semi–finals, the most one-sided defeat ever in a World Championship semi–final. He then defeated Graeme Dott 18–8 in the final, despite losing the first five frames. O'Sullivan blamed his poor start on "mind games" by Dott's coach Derek Hill, who visited O'Sullivan's dressing room just before the match. O'Sullivan was ranked number one for the next two seasons.
    In 2004, O'Sullivan's father telephoned six-time World Champion Ray Reardon, and asked if he could give O'Sullivan some advice.
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  • 2003
    Age 27
    In the 2003/2004 season, O'Sullivan reached three ranking-event finals.
    More Details Hide Details He reached the final of the British Open, but lost 6–9 against Stephen Hendry. He won the Welsh Open by defeating Steve Davis 9–8. He reached the final of the Masters, but lost 9–10 against Paul Hunter, despite having led 6–1 and then 9–7.
  • 2002
    Age 26
    O'Sullivan had another successful season in 2002/2003, reaching the last 16 in seven ranking tournaments.
    More Details Hide Details He began the season by winning the invitational Scottish Masters, defeating John Higgins 9–4 in the final. He reached the quarter-finals of the LG Cup, losing against eventual champion Chris Small; the last 16 of the British Open, losing against Paul Hunter, the quarter-finals of the UK Championship, losing against Drew Henry; and the quarter-finals of the Welsh Open, losing against Marco Fu. After this O'Sullivan won back-to-back ranking titles, defeating Hendry in the final of the European Open, and Higgins in the final of the Irish Masters. He reached the last 16 of the Scottish Open, before losing against Ken Doherty. His only first-round ranking event defeat of the season came at the World Championship, when he lost 6–10 in the first round against the unseeded Marco Fu, despite making a maximum break in the match. This defeat saw him drop to number 3 in the rankings. He participated at the Premier League, but despite topping the table after the league stage, he lost 4–6 in the semi-final against Fu.
    He began the 2002/2003 season ranked number 1.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the match, O'Sullivan opened up an 8–5 overnight lead, but Hendry rallied on the second day to level at 12–12 before the final session. Hendry subsequently outplayed O'Sullivan, and won by 17 frames to 13. After the match, O'Sullivan accused Hendry of poor sportsmanship, referring to his conduct over a "miss" shot at an unnamed prior tournament. Hendry did not comment on his opponent's outbursts, but O'Sullivan did receive criticism for his remarks from Steve Davis, Dennis Taylor and Clive Everton, and he later apologised to Hendry for his comments. O'Sullivan ended the season by defending his Premier League title. Having finished first after the league stage, O'Sullivan defeated Jimmy White 6–2 in the semi-final, and John Higgins 9–4 in the final.
  • 2001
    Age 25
    In the 2001/2002 season, O'Sullivan won his third UK title, with a 10–1 victory over Doherty.
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  • 2000
    Age 24
    During the 2000/2001 season O'Sullivan won six tournaments, and reached the final of one further event.
    More Details Hide Details He won the Champions Cup by defeating Mark Williams 7–5 in the final, and reached the final of the Grand Prix, but lost the final 5–9 against Williams. He successfully defended his China Open title by defeating Williams 9–3 in the final. He won the Irish Masters defeating Stephen Hendry 9–8 in the final, and went on to claim his first World Championship title with an 18–14 victory over John Higgins. O'Sullivan dedicated this win to his father. He ended the season by winning the Premier League. After finishing second in the league stage, he defeated Higgins 6–3 in the semi-finals, and Hendry 9–7 in the final.
  • 1999
    Age 23
    In the 1999/2000 season O'Sullivan won two ranking tournaments, the China Open, where he defeated Stephen Lee 9–2 in the final, and the Scottish Open, where he defeated Mark Williams 9–1 in the final.
    More Details Hide Details For the third year in succession he was eliminated from the Masters at the quarter-final stage, losing 3–6 to Parrott. At the World Championship O'Sullivan was eliminated in the first round, losing 9–10 to David Gray, despite becoming the first player to compile five century breaks in a best-of-19-frame match.
  • 1998
    Age 22
    In the 1998/1999 season O'Sullivan did not defend his UK Championship title.
    More Details Hide Details He withdrew from the tournament shortly before his scheduled first-round match, with his manager stating that he was suffering from physical and nervous exhaustion and that doctors had ordered him to rest. Other reports stated that O'Sullivan was suffering from depression. He reached the quarter-finals of the Masters, but lost 2–6 to Doherty. At the World Championship, he reached his third semi-final in four years, but was again denied a place in the final when he lost 13–17 to Hendry. During the match, the players made a total of eight century breaks, four from Hendry and four from O'Sullivan. When Hendry made back-to-back centuries of 101 and 108 in the 21st and 22nd frames, O'Sullivan responded with 134 in the 23rd frame, narrowly missing out on a maximum break when he missed the pink into the middle pocket. O'Sullivan went on to make a 110 break in the 24th frame, the fourth consecutive frame won with a century.
  • 1997
    Age 21
    In the 1997/1998 season O'Sullivan won his second UK Championship title by defeating Hendry 10–6 in the final.
    More Details Hide Details In February he reached the quarter-final of the Masters, but lost 3–6 to Davis. Later that month he won the Scottish Open by defeating John Higgins 9–5 in the final. The following month he defeated Ken Doherty in the final of the Irish Masters, but was disqualified after a post-match drug test found cannabis in his system. The title was subsequently awarded to Doherty. O'Sullivan reached a second World Championship semi-final, but lost 9–17 against Higgins.
    On 21 April 1997, while playing Mick Price in the first round of the World Championship, O'Sullivan made the fastest ever competitive maximum break in 5 minutes and 20 seconds, an average of one shot every 8.8 seconds.
    More Details Hide Details This was also O'Sullivan's first maximum break in professional competition. He exited the World Championship in the second round, losing 12–13 against Darren Morgan.
    In February 1997, he reached his third consecutive Masters final, where he faced Davis.
    More Details Hide Details After O'Sullivan took the first two frames with back-to-back century breaks of 116 and 113, the third frame was disrupted by snooker's first ever streaker, Lianne Crofts. Davis later stated that the streaking incident affected O'Sullivan's concentration and momentum, allowing him back into the match. The afternoon session ended all-square at 4–4. O'Sullivan began the evening session by winning four frames in 49 minutes to take an 8–4 lead, but Davis fought back to win the next six frames and clinch the title with a 10–8 victory.
  • 1996
    Age 20
    When he first displayed this left-handed ability in the 1996 World Championship against Alain Robidoux, the Canadian accused him of disrespect.
    More Details Hide Details O'Sullivan responded that he played better with his left hand than Robidoux could with his right. He was summoned to a disciplinary hearing in response to Robidoux's formal complaint, where he had to prove that he could play to a high level with his left hand. He played three frames of snooker against former world championship runner-up Rex Williams, winning all three. The charge of bringing the game into disrepute was subsequently dropped. Unlike most players on the professional tour, O'Sullivan does not request the cue ball to be cleaned whenever a kick or heavy contact occurs and plays on normally as if it had not happened. He has stated that stopping to have the cue ball cleaned affects his rhythm and that it is easier just to continue playing. He is considered by many to be the most naturally talented player in the history of the sport, with some labelling him a 'genius'. Several of his peers regard him as the greatest player ever, although a temperamental streak sometimes leads to a lack of confidence or interest, and he has performed inconsistently throughout his controversial career thus far, with observers noting the 'two Ronnies' aspect of his character.
    In the 1996/1997 season O'Sullivan won two ranking titles, the Asian Classic by defeating Brian Morgan 9–8 in the final, and the German Open by defeating Alain Robidoux 9–7 in the final.
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  • 1995
    Age 19
    In the 1995/1996 season O'Sullivan reached the quarter-finals of the UK Championship but lost 7–9 to Andy Hicks.
    More Details Hide Details He reached the final of the Masters but lost 5–10 to Hendry. He reached his first World Championship semi-final but lost 14–16 to Peter Ebdon. Snooker's governing body found O'Sullivan guilty of physically assaulting Mike Ganley, a media official, during the event. For this he received a two-year suspended ban, a £20,000 fine, and was advised to donate £10,000 to charity.
  • 1994
    Age 18
    O'Sullivan did not win any ranking titles during the 1994/1995 season, but turned in consistently strong performances, reaching the quarter-finals of the Grand Prix, the UK Championship, and the Welsh Open; the semi-finals of the Dubai Classic, and the European Open; and the finals of the Thailand Open, and the British Open.
    More Details Hide Details He captured his first Masters title by defeating John Higgins 9–3 in the final, becoming the youngest player ever to win the tournament at the age of 19 years and 69 days. He also reached his first World Championship quarter-final, but lost 8–13 to Hendry. By the end of his third season as a professional O'Sullivan was ranked number 3 in the world behind Hendry and Davis.
    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 17
    In the 1993/1994 season O'Sullivan defeated Hendry 10–6 in the final of the UK Championship to win his first ranking title.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of 17 years and 358 days he became the youngest ever winner of a professional ranking tournament. He faced Hendry again in the final of the European Open, but lost 5–9. He won his second ranking title at the British Open by defeating James Wattana 9–4 in the final. He reached the second round of the World Championship but lost 3–13 against John Parrott.
    O'Sullivan was named the WPBSA's Young Player of the Year for 1993.
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    He made his Crucible debut on 18 April 1993 at the age of 17 years and 134 days, and he is still the third-youngest player ever to compete at the venue behind Luca Brecel and Stephen Hendry.
    More Details Hide Details He lost 7–10 to Alan McManus in the first round.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He is also the youngest player to have won the Masters, having captured his first title in 1995 at the age of 19 years and 69 days.
  • 1992
    Age 16
    In September 1992, at the age of 16, he became the youngest player ever to qualify for the World Championship.
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    O'Sullivan began the 1992/1993 season by winning 74 of his first 76 professional matches, including a winning streak of 38 successive victories, a record that still stands.
    More Details Hide Details At the qualifying stage of the Grand Prix he defeated Jason Curtis 5–0 in a time of 43 minutes 36 seconds, setting the current record for the fastest best-of-9-frame match. After this Alan Hughes gave him the nickname "The Rocket".
    He turned professional in 1992, aged 16.
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  • 1991
    Age 15
    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.
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  • 1985
    Age 9
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the eighth frame of the final, O'Sullivan made a break of 141, the highest break ever recorded in a Crucible final. He was ranked world number nine at the end of the season.
  • 1975
    Born on December 5, 1975.
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