‘I wish I hadn’t won’: Ronnie O’Sullivan makes surprising revelation after title triumph

Ronnie O'Sullivan lifted his seventh World Snooker Championship earlier this year

Snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan has revealed he wishes he didn’t win the World Snooker Championship this year because of the intense pressure that comes with his success.

‘Rocket’ Ronnie beat Judd Trump in the tournament final at the famous Crucible in May to lift a seventh world championship crown, equaling Stephen Hendry’s record.

Although the 46-year-old is known for his cheeky approach in media interviews and his antics during matches, he is not someone who enjoys being in the limelight.

At this year’s championships alone, he was investigated for making an obscene gesture in the final and accusing referee Olivier Marteel of “looking for trouble”.

His brilliance shone through as he beat Trump 18-13 to become the oldest winner of the game’s flagship event.

However, O’Sullivan told The Climb Podcast that the attention that comes from his success is like a “nightmare” come true.

In a surprising admission, he said: “Looking back, I wish I hadn’t won it.”

Ronnie O’Sullivan lifted his seventh World Snooker Championship earlier this year

But O'Sullivan admitted he wished he hadn't beaten Judd Trump in the championship final.

But O’Sullivan admitted he wished he hadn’t beaten Judd Trump in the championship final.

“The question I get asked more now than anything else is, ‘Do you still play snooker?'” I want to tell them no.

“I mean I’m retired, I do little bits and pieces, it’s great and I go under the radar.

O'Sullivan also revealed that he preferred to play without fans

O’Sullivan also revealed that he preferred to play without fans

“Suddenly when I’ve won this I’ve got 600 messages on my phone, everyone saying well done and asking me when I’m going to get the eighth one.

“It’s like my worst nightmare coming true again.”

Numerous times throughout his career, O’Sullivan, who first won a world championship in 2001, has said he would include the sport.

Despite this, he has always found the motivation to fire again and has become one of the most successful players in the history of the game.

England’s O’Sullivan has always tried to live a quiet life under the radar and admits he preferred to win the title when fans couldn’t get in due to Covid.

He admitted that this year’s post-victory party was not something he was up for and would have preferred to have a “cup of tea and go to bed”.

“Going to the after party is what bothered me. I’m like, I don’t need this, I just want a cup of tea and I’m going to my bed,” she said.

“That’s why I liked it when I won it at Covid in 2020, there was no crowd, no party, just whoever was with me.

“I can’t be with the circus, the circus is what drives me crazy. The World Championship is the biggest circus of all.”

During his victory over David Gilbert at the Crucible, he was caught making an X rating gesture after missing a black from his place, not for the first time in his career.

In 2008 he was fined £2,750 and hit with 700 ranking points for making obscene gestures and comments at the China Open.

Five years later, O’Sullivan made a rude hand gesture during a semi-final clash against Judd Trump at the Crucible. This led to him being criticized by referee Michaela Tabb.

After being accused of making a gesture in this year’s final, O’Sullivan responded: “Tell me, tell me, what did you see? Tell me what you saw. You didn’t see anything. Go look the camera. You didn’t see anything. Don’t start.’

O'Sullivan has previously admitted he has a gripe about the

O’Sullivan has previously admitted he has a gripe about the “lifestyle” of snooker

His win over Trump moved him to seven championships with Stephen Hendry

His win over Trump moved him to seven championships with Stephen Hendry

In an interview with the Metro in 2021, O’Sullivan said he had one gripe about snooker, and it’s the lifestyle that comes with it.

He said: “If I was a golfer, I would love golf because the lifestyle is great. Good food, nice hotel, they offer good food. It’s like Formula 1, tennis…l ‘sport becomes the least important part of the job.

“I could happily not play snooker forever, I might miss it a bit, but I have a lot of things to fill my time with. With snooker, I just don’t enjoy the lifestyle of a snooker player .’

O’Sullivan, however, was left crying in Trump’s arms after sharing a long hug after their final this year.

He told Eurosport that he had been “blown away” by Trump’s kind words and was “excited” to get over the line.

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