Snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan ‘not really bothered’ about World Championship in Sheffield

Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ronnie O'Sullivan

Snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan has claimed he is ‘not really bothered’ about the World Championship tournament in Sheffield, with two major titles already under his belt this year.

The 40-year-old took almost eight months away from the snooker tour after losing to Stuart Bingham in the Crucible quarter-finals last April.

But since his return has won the Masters and Welsh Open, taking the latter title on Sunday after a 9-5 victory over Neil Robertson in Cardiff.

O’Sullivan will be attempting to land a sixth world title when he heads to Sheffield for the World Championship, which begins on April 16.

But he said he intends to adopt a relaxed attitude at a tournament, which lasts 17 days.

O’Sullivan said he was ‘overtired’ after taking the Welsh title, and said: “I need a nice easy month now without any competitions and relax by filling the tank up.

“If I get my sleep right then I have got half a chance. If I don’t get it right then playing two sessions in one day will be too much for me.”

He told the BBC: “You just have to accept it will be a long haul and you could get beaten in the first or second round and then you don’t have a problem.

“I’m not really bothered about Sheffield, I am not bothered about any tournament. I just treat it like a vacation and enjoy the time that I am away.”