Ronnie O’Sullivan has claimed that despite his tremendous success in the sport, he finds snooker boring and he is not bothered about winning the World Championship again.
After his 5-1 win over Nigel Bond in the European Masters on Monday, 46-year-old conceded that the sport had become dull and he could not “give a monkey’s” about ever achieving the sport’s greatest mantle again.
“I don’t really like talking about my performances, other than just leave it out there. It was what it was, and I’m happy to be through,” O’Sullivan said after reaching the last-64.
“It might sound selfish, but I love what I do. I love my life and I just want to enjoy every moment of it. I couldn’t give a monkey’s (about the World Snooker Championship). I’ll just go, have good fun, enjoy it.
“It gets boring after a while and I just don’t get excited. I’m sorry, but if you’d won as much as I’d won, you’d probably feel the same When you’ve broken every record and done everything there is to do in the game, you kind of think ‘why am I still doing it?’.
“I have to find other reasons to do it and winning is not one of them. I enjoy just doing what I do.”
The Rocket breezed past Bond, someone he last faced in the semi-finals of the 1998 Scottish Open and made it to the final 64.
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O'Sullivan has faced the 56-year-old six times previously, winning four of their six prior matches by 6-5 scorelines. But on this occasion, at 3-1, the Essex-born star produced a break of 132, a now total of 1,135 centuries.
A tremendous feat - even if the player has grown weary of playing the sport nowadays.