Ronnie O'Sullivan to 'book Champneys for a month' after final

Ronnie O'Sullivan has claimed he will book himself into Champneys after the World final.

The snooker star will go up ahead against Judd Trump, 32, in the World Snooker Championship final on Sunday. But after beating John Higgins in the semis, the Essex-born star claimed that he would be ‘detoxing’ for an extended period at a luxury spa following his upcoming match.

And it seems that Champneys - a high-end chain of spar resorts across the country - appears to be his go-to choice. He told BBC Sport after his win: “I sometimes, I said to my mate earlier, I'd rather be sat in the punditry box for 17 days. Seriously, I'd have a lot more fun and enjoyed it. But, as a snooker player, it's hard not to put yourself through this. Out of all the tournaments, this and the Masters, especially this, I find it really difficult.

"Even this afternoon, waiting around, having a lead, sometimes you wish you were 15-9 down, you can relax a bit and come out swinging. It just plays tricks with your mind this venue. I don't feel tired, just a difficult tournament, it's a long time, 17 days. You play your first match then have five days off, it's tough. Some people take to it better than others, but I prefer the Championship League, where you're there for two days, it's just pure snooker, you're in and out.

The 46-year-old continued: “ That's all you want to do, play snooker, there's a bit of a circus around this tournament and it goes on forever. If it was a week you could maybe suffer it, but 17 days of stress... I'm definitely going to book myself into Champneys after this for a month. Detox.”

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Champneys, Tring
Champneys is a chain of deluxe resorts

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: John Higgins (L) of Scotland and Ronnie O'Sullivan of England pose before the final match on day six of Champion of Champions 2016 at Ricoh Arena on November 12, 2016 in Coventry, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tai Chengzhe/Visual China Group via Getty Images)
Higgins says that O'Sullivan is the best to ever play the game

It comes after O'Sullivan was labelled as the greatest snooker player of all time. His former opponent, Higgins, said that the snooker supremo ranked above Stephen Hendry as the greatest. O'Sullivan defeated Higgins 17-11 on Saturday to reach his eighth World Snooker Championship final - and should he win that, the English star will level Hendry's record of seven Crucible titles.

But even though that achievement has yet to be made, Higgins said that O'Sullivan is number one in his books.

The Scot, 46, said to Eurosport: "I think it would cement his place [as the best] in everybody's eyes [if O'Sullivan beats Trump]. I think a lot of people would still hold on to Stephen having the seven World Championships and he is the greatest, but there is no debate in my eyes."

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