Ronnie O'Sullivan breaks down in tears after epic win in never before seen clip

October 15, 2022
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Ronnie O’Sullivan broke down in tears after securing an epic and emotional win that saw him become snooker’s greatest star in a previously unsurfaced clip.

The Rocket secured his seventh world title in May, moving level with Stephen Hendry after defeating Judd Trump at the Crucible Theatre. O’Sullivan secured history by drawing level with Hendry for most world titles in the sport’s modern era as he defeated Trump 18-13.

In the afternoon session, Trump won six of eight frames to make the score 14-11 before O’Sullivan sealed his famous win and the £500,000 prize as he took four of the evening’s first six frames. Shortly after winning a record-equalling seventh world championship, the magnitude of his success clearly dawned on the Englishman.

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The moment occurred during the end credits of Eurosport’s coverage, but it didn’t reach their live television coverage. O’Sullivan was slumped in his chair as he tearfully took in the moment.

After 17 gruelling days in Sheffield, O’Sullivan clinched the silverware at the iconic Crucible with his family backstage and the emotion overflowed.

The poignant images will be broadcast for the first time in a Eurosport and discovery+ documentary that airs on Saturday night.



Ronnie O’Sullivan claimed he was ‘too weak to carry’ the trophy after defeating Judd Trump at the Crucible Theatre
Ronnie O’Sullivan claimed he was ‘too weak to carry’ the trophy after defeating Judd Trump at the Crucible Theatre

Fellow snooker stars Jimmy White and Alan McManus tried their best to console the World No. 1 as the production crew applauded his sensational effort. As O’Sullivan left the studio, he joked he was too weak to carry the world trophy as he was without energy.

The two-hour movie titled Seventh Heaven will showcase O’Sullivan’s incredible career, focusing on the seven times he has claimed the world title. While he often downplays his achievements, the new documentary reveals his true feelings.

“I have had a career way beyond what I thought I was capable of having,” O’Sullivan said. “I think my love for the sport and love for the game is what has got me through a lot of the time. Even though situations when life might not have been great, snooker has always been something I could go to.

“What changed for me was one day my mate sat down and put a Michael Jordan video on. I watched how hard he worked at his sport, how he devoted his life to it. I was like, ‘Maybe I should try doing a bit of that myself?’”



Ronnie O'Sullivan drew level with Stephen Hendry as he claimed his seventh world title earlier this year
Ronnie O'Sullivan drew level with Stephen Hendry as he claimed his seventh world title earlier this year

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One of the most influential figures in O’Sullivan’s life was Ray Reardon, the six-time snooker world champion, who was in his corner during the second title win in 2004. The Welshman delighted the seven-time champion by recording a special message for the show.

“Working with Ronnie gave me another 10 years in my life,” the 90-year-old said. “And I’m one of the best players that ever was.

“Ronnie was incredible. I had never seen anything like it. I loved it, it was the best thing that has ever happened to me.

“He was born to be a snooker king – and he is in his rightful place. He is the greatest ever.”

Seventh Heaven premieres on Saturday October 15 at 8pm on Eurosport 1 and discovery+ . Also available on all catch-up and VOD services.

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