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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Barcelona attack: Five terror suspects 'wearing suicide vests' shot dead in Cambrils after van crashes into crowd at Las Ramblas, killing 13
Yahoo News - 6 months
CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW LATEST LIVE UPDATES Terror in Barcelona as van hits crowd in Las Ramblas 13 people killed and more than 100 people injured  Driver still on the run, 2 arrested 'Five terrorists wearing bomb belts' shot dead in Cambrils Barcelona attack: Everything we know  Terror returned to the streets of Europe on Thursday when a van ploughed into a crowd of people in Barcelona, killing at least 13 and injuring more than 100 others. Footage of the scene showed dozens of bodies sprawled across the pavement in Las Ramblas, a street popular with tourists. Two men, one Spanish and one Moroccan, were arrested but police said the driver of the van was still at large.  In the early hours of Friday morning, in the town of Cambrils, 70 miles away,  at least six people were hurt when "alleged terrorists" drove into pedestrians before being shot dead by security forces. The five attackers in the Audi A3, who were wearing bomb belts, were shot dead, police said. The bomb belts were detonate...
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O'Sullivan claims record-equalling sixth Masters title
Reuters.com - about 2 years
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 2 years
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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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
Reuters.com - over 4 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 4 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 4 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
Reuters.com - almost 5 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 5 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
Reuters.com - almost 5 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 5 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 5 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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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 40
    O'Sullivan has also written a crime novel, entitled Framed, which will be published in 2016.
    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.
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    In the 2016 New Year Honours, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to snooker.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
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    O'Sullivan started broadcasting regularly on Brentwood radio station Phoenix FM in May 2015, co-hosting the Midweek Matchzone show with Chris Hood.
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  • 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.
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    O'Sullivan started the 2014/2015 season at the Paul Hunter Classic, but lost 2–4 against Tian Pengfei in the last 16.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
    O'Sullivan started the 2013/2014 season ranked number 19.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    On 10 May 2012, O'Sullivan was named as the World Snooker Player of the Year and the Snooker Writers Player of the Year.
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  • 2011
    Age 35
    In November 2011 he reached the final of the Antwerp Open, but lost 3–4 against Judd Trump.
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    In October 2011 he won the Kay Suzanne Memorial Trophy, by defeating Matthew Stevens 4–2 in the final.
    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.
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    O'Sullivan reached the semi-finals in the Snooker Shoot-Out in January 2011, before losing against Robert Milkins.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    On 29 November 2009, O'Sullivan did not retain his Premier League Snooker title, with Shaun Murphy defeating him 7–3 in the final.
    In the first round of 2009 World Championship O'Sullivan compiled three centuries in his 10–5 win against Stuart Bingham.
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    During an exhibition in Ireland in January 2009, O'Sullivan and Jimmy White made maximum breaks in consecutive frames.
  • 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".
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    O'Sullivan began the 2008/2009 season by winning the Northern Ireland Trophy, defeating Dave Harold 9–3 in the final.
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    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.
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    At the 2008 World Championships, O'Sullivan compiled a record-breaking ninth competitive maximum break against Mark Williams.
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    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.
  • 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.
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    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.
    O'Sullivan went on to win the tournament against Ding Junhui, on 21 January 2007.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 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.
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    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.
    In 2005, O'Sullivan defended his Welsh Open title, by defeating Stephen Hendry 9–8.
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  • 2004
    Age 28
    O'Sullivan began the 2004/2005 season by winning the Grand Prix, defeating Ian McCulloch 9–5 in the final.
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    With Reardon's help O'Sullivan recovered his form, and won the 2004 World Championship.
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    In 2004, O'Sullivan's father telephoned six-time World Champion Ray Reardon, and asked if he could give O'Sullivan some advice.
  • 2003
    Age 27
    In the 2003/2004 season, O'Sullivan reached three ranking-event finals.
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  • 2002
    Age 26
    O'Sullivan had another successful season in 2002/2003, reaching the last 16 in seven ranking tournaments.
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    He began the 2002/2003 season ranked number 1.
    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.
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  • 2001
    Age 25
    In the 2001/2002 season, O'Sullivan won his third UK title, with a 10–1 victory over Doherty.
  • 2000
    Age 24
    During the 2000/2001 season O'Sullivan won six tournaments, and reached the final of one further event.
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  • 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.
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  • 1998
    Age 22
    In the 1998/1999 season O'Sullivan did not defend his UK Championship title.
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  • 1997
    Age 21
    In the 1997/1998 season O'Sullivan won his second UK Championship title by defeating Hendry 10–6 in the final.
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    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.
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    In February 1997, he reached his third consecutive Masters final, where he faced Davis.
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  • 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.
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    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.
  • TEENAGE
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
  • 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.
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    O'Sullivan was named the WPBSA's Young Player of the Year for 1993.
    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.
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    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.
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  • 1992
    Age 16
    In September 1992, at the age of 16, he became the youngest player ever to qualify for the World Championship.
    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.
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    He turned professional in 1992, aged 16.
  • 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 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.
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  • 1975
    Born
    Born on December 5, 1975.
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