Monday 27 May 2019

Stay away from snooker - Rocket

Ronnie O'Sullivan. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire
Ronnie O'Sullivan. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire Sportsdesk

Five-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan says he still loves playing snooker but wouldn't recommend it as a career.

"Don't do it," he said. "That's the advice I give to my son.

"I would say: 'put your gear away, go and take golf up, take tennis up. Stay away from this game.'

"It's a very solitary sport. A very technical/mental sport. It's a lot of hard work for maybe not massive rewards compared to motor-racing, tennis, golf, athletics," he told RTE's Game On.

Snooker has lost audience share in the UK since 18.5 million people watched Denis Taylor's 1985 World Championship final victory over Steve Davis, still a record viewing figure for BBC2.

"Maybe in another 20-30 years it could do another U-turn and be a leading sport but at the moment it's not really a leading sport," O'Sullivan added.

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