Ronnie O’Sullivan ‘doesn’t care’ if he wins UK Championship – ‘It will have no impact’

Ronnie O’Sullivan has admitted he would rather sit in a studio having a laugh with Jimmy White than win the UK Championship this week.

The outspoken snooker star said he would celebrate his last 16 victory over Noppon Saengkham by drinking Guinness and declaring he has no rival in the sport.

The Rocket has been in cruise control throughout this tournament so far, looking comfortable in wins over Michael White, Robbie Williams and Mark King.

Thai potter Saengkham was next in his sights and, although his opponent took a 3-2 lead, Ronnie turned on the style to take the final four frames and seal a quarter-finals place.

It puts him three wins away from securing a record eighth UK Championship title on his 46th birthday this Sunday, but O’Sullivan still gives off the impression that he couldn’t care less about that.

Ronnie O'Sullivan after beating Noppon Saengkham in the UK Championship on Wednesday
Ronnie O’Sullivan after beating Noppon Saengkham in the UK Championship on Wednesday

Instead, he says he would rather be working with his old pal White as a Eurosport pundit and says it will have no bearing on his life or career if he adds another trophy to his collection this week.

“I don’t care – if I win it, great, and if I don’t it will have no impact on my life and what I do,” he said with a shrug.

“If anything I’d rather be sitting with Jimmy, having a laugh.

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No-one has won the UK Championship more times than Ronnie O'Sullivan
No-one has won the UK Championship more times than Ronnie O’Sullivan

“I really don’t celebrate birthdays to be honest. I don’t get excited by that either. I get excited by my work and some little projects I’m working on.”

That’s not to say he’s not pleased with how he is playing – it would be difficult for him not to be considering how in-control he has looked at the York Barbican.

But he maintains that he has “no interest” in the results themselves and is simply looking forward to a nice pint and some dinner to wash down his victory over Saengkham.

“I’m just happy to be through and still in the tournament,” O’Sullivan added. “It is what it is out there. I really haven’t got a clue how it all works.

“I don’t care, I really have no interest. I’m going to have a couple of Guinnesses tonight and a bit of mulled wine and some nice food.”

He continued: “I don’t feel like I have a rival. I feel like I’m sitting on the sidelines watching everything that’s going on, and I’ve got a great front row seat.”

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