Ronnie O’Sullivan’s opponent this weekend had an incredible reaction to the first-round draw.
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh will come up against his idol on Sunday, but he could not be less pleased about it.
The World Snooker Championship gets underway at the weekend as the sport looks to return to normality amid the coronavirus.
Fans with tickets are being admitted and they are in for a treat with both snooker players stars in their own right.
There is of course the allure of watching O’Sullivan play.
But his opponent is no pushover, though you would not be able to tell by his reaction to the draw.
After the results were read out, the Thai snooker star took to social media.
Un-Nooh posted a tweet, captioned: “Oh no iv got Ronnie”
Included were two selfies, the first being the immediate reaction – almost shocked to see his name partnered with Rocket Ronnie.
The second looked a lot exasperated, holding his head in his hands as he lurched back in despair.
But fans were supportive of the 35-year-old, with many excited to watch a top draw in the first round.
One said: “Ronnie might pull this face too ha.”
Another wrote: “Trust me hes gonna think the same.”
A third replied: “Hahahahah it’s OK you have much talent you can beat him if you have enough confidence.”
And another tweeted: By far the best tie of the first round. Am sure Ronnie will have to be top of his game to get past you.”
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While a fifth posted: You definitely have what it takes to beat Ronnie, he’ll be worried too. Could also be the quickest match in crucible history!”
The last fan was referring to the tremendous speed Un-Nooh has displayed so far, averaging a shot every 17 seconds.
He faces a man that can hardly be called slow but even Ronnie may have to be on his toes to keep up the pace.
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