Ronnie O’Sullivan has confirmed he is not retiring from snooker after initially concerning his fans.
The Rocket had worried his supporters after posting an image to social media of himself waving.
Many believed it was him saying goodbye to the sport with the World Snooker Championships taking place later this month.
Though six-time world champion was simply confirming his brand partnership with ROKiT, and is saying ‘goodbye’ to his name.
“I’m taking retirement from my name,” he explained in a live stream on his Facebook page. “So it’s not Ronnie O’Sullivan, it’s Ronnie the ROKiT.
“Not snooker, I’m not retiring from snooker, everyone can chill out and calm down. Take it easy. We are still here. Potting some balls.
“I’ve been working with ROKiT since 2013. To work with JK [ROKiT co-founder and chairman Jonathan Kendrick] and his team of people is fantastic.
“I’ve always wondered why we didn’t have a lifetime partnership, with the nickname and his company name, it’s a no brainer.
“Great to start that relationship up and it’s going to be a fantastic year. Hopefully many more years to come. We’ve got loads of great things to do.
“I’ve done a bit of speedy stuff in the car, racing and all that, I said to JK, ‘I want to get in the car and get racing.’ He said: ‘Brilliant!’
“There’s a crossover between what I enjoy, what JK enjoys and what Rokit as a brand like to be involved in. We’re all passionate about the same sort of things.”
O’Sullivan is the reigning world champion and is among the favourites to lift the trophy again at the Crucible.
He has lost five finals in a row this year though, including a 10-4 defeat to Neil Robertson at the Tour Championship.
And having blamed cue issues earlier in that tournament, O’Sullivan is now confident those problems are behind him.
He added: “The cue’s great. John and Paul have done a great job on it.
“I’ve managed to find a spare cue as well so next time my tip goes ‘see you later’ I’ve got a cue I can just whip out and play with. I’m really excited about that.”
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