Ronnie O’Sullivan assured snooker fans “I haven’t gone yet” after winning his fourth World Championship title at the Crucible tonight.
The “Rocket” had threatened to follow Stephen Hendry into retirement ahead of the final against Ali Carter, which saw him complete an 18-11 win tonight.
Carter joked immediately after his second final defeat “Maybe if he retires I might win it” - but O’Sullivan immediately dismissed such thoughts.
“A few people doubted me but I’ll let them know when I’m not ready,” he told BBC2. “I certainly haven’t gone yet.”
O’Sullivan did, however, reflect on how tough the tournament had been and revealed he will take an extended break to spend time with his young family.
Accompanied by his son Ronnie Jr ahead of the trophy presentation, he said: “I’m having a good six months off now to spend time with this little man, and my little daughter.
“When I saw him this morning, the pressure lifted. I could hear him saying ‘come on Dad’, that was the time to get emotional.
“I’ll have a nice, good break and assess the situation, but it’s all good. I’ll just enjoy the moment.
“It was very, very hard. For anyone to come here and stand 17 days - it’s an endurance test.
“It’s not as much about the snooker, it’s just controlling the emotions.
“I came here to entertain in this tournament, I wanted to show people what I was capable of.”
He admitted the influence of sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters on his return to form this season, after a slip down the world rankings and several previous threats to retire.
“I wouldn’t have been playing if it wasn’t for Steve,” he said.
“I said to him when I met him, ‘I don’t want you to be able to help me’, and he said that’s the normal reaction.
“It’s been tough, I’ve had to face things I didn’t want to face and don’t wanna keep facing, sometimes I just want to run.”