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Ronnie O’Sullivan says he would ‘100 per cent’ miss the World Snooker Championship if he received a ‘better offer’ from elsewhere.
The Rocket has been busy on the World Snooker Tour this season, playing in almost every tournament available to him except the likes of the Shoot Out and the early season British Open.
The six-time world champion reached the final of the European Masters on Sunday and was back in action on Tuesday afternoon in the first round of the Welsh Open, dismissing James Cahill 4-0 in short order.
However, he insists snooker remains just a hobby for him, and if he was approached with a more attractive proposal he would be happy to skip a trip to the Crucible this year.
‘If somebody rang me up next week and said, “look we’ve got a great job for you, it clashes with the World Championship, but it’s a better offer,” I’d go,’ O’Sullivan told the BBC.
‘At the moment I play when I want, don’t play when I don’t want to play, and it’s great. It works for me, I wouldn’t be able to do it any other way.
‘It’s more of a hobby, but a serious hobby.’
Pushed on whether he would really forego the World Championship, Ronnie said: ‘100 per cent. I’m just all about business now and that’s how it’s been the last seven or eight years.
‘No matter what it is I look at it as a proposal. Is it something I want to do? And make a decision on it. That’s the best way for me to do it and I’m having much more fun doing it that way.
‘I make a decision on each tournament, on each proposal. My time is very, very valuable and I want to feel valued for my time.
‘For the last seven or eight years it’s worked really well and that’s probably why I’m still playing, otherwise I’d probably have hung my cue up.’
O’Sullivan has played at every edition of the World Championship since he made his debut in Sheffield in 1993.
He has skipped every other event on the circuit, but has never missed a trip to the Crucible, famously taking the whole 2012/13 season off before returning to defend his world title at its climax.
O’Sullivan’s win over Cahill sets up a last 64 clash with Luks Kleckers on Wednesday afternoon.
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