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Ronnie: My son won't be snooker loopy

RONNIE O'Sullivan dreams of the day his son becomes a sporting legend -- but in golf rather than snooker.

Four-year-old Ronnie junior joined his father on the Crucible stage floor on Monday night after an 18-11 victory over Ali Carter was sealed.

And doting dad O'Sullivan, who is poised to skip a chunk of next season to spend more time with his children, can envisage young Ronnie following him into professional sport.

If he turns to snooker, O'Sullivan would have no complaints, but he would rather his son makes a living on the fairways of the world.

"I'd love him to be like the next Tiger Woods," O'Sullivan said.

"In my dreamworld, I'd love to see him on the golf course or I'd love to see him playing tennis.

"I just hope that whatever he does, he doesn't have the mindset that I had for about 16 years, from when I turned professional.

"I was all right until I turned 16, then I turned harsh on myself. I didn't expect to win everything, I just knew I was capable of more and got frustrated with myself.

"Hopefully he's got the 'natural' gene in him and hopefully I can help him have a better mindset if he decides to get into sport."

O'Sullivan's fourth Betfred.com World Championship title served as a reminder of what an asset he is to snooker, still unstoppable when in the mood, as he was throughout his mission in Sheffield.

With focus and drive he knocked out three former world champions in Peter Ebdon, Mark Williams and Neil Robertson, before sinking the hopes of Matthew Stevens and finally Carter, who joined Stevens as a two-time runner-up.

"I think this has been a more disciplined, professional job than any of the others," he said.

"This is the one where I used my mind and brain."

Despite his success, O'Sullivan is ruling out a push to match Stephen Hendry's haul of seven titles, a record for the modern era, and does not expect to match Steve Davis' total of six.

"I've got four. Seven is a mammoth total. This is a war of attrition. Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis were a special kind of people, so to even think about that is dream world."


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