Ronnie O'Sullivan clashes with Mark Allen during tense game
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Ronnie O’Sullivan has offered a somewhat sarcastic response to Judd Trump after the latter brutally criticised The Rocket ahead of this week’s Champion of Champions event.
Trump slammed O’Sullivan, claiming that ‘no one’s scared to play him’ despite being the sport’s dominant force on the table this century.
The Ace did not stop there, as he added that the six-time world champion was unable to win an event to ‘save his life’ at the moment due to ‘losing belief’ in his game.
Trump commented: “No one’s that scared to play him [O’Sullivan], anyone’s game is good enough to beat him on their day, that’s what’s happened over the last year.”
He continued: “Look at Ronnie, he can’t win an event to save his life at the moment. Even the so-called smaller events have all the top players still in them.
“I just think he’s lost a little bit of the belief. When you don’t win you don’t have the belief and people aren’t scared to beat you.”
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O’Sullivan – who has not won a snooker title in 15 months – has since responded to Trump, as he has his eyes on a fourth Champion of Champions title in Bolton this week.
When asked about Trump’s comments, ‘The Rocket’ chuckled and said: “Yeah maybe, maybe I’m lacking belief. Yeah, I dunno, maybe he’s right, who knows? Who knows?”
O’Sullivan kicks off his week in Bolton tomorrow, as he takes on Stuart Bingham in his opening round match of the Champion of Champions event.
Trump however has already got his tournament underway, as he defeated world seniors champion David Lilley 4-1, to ease his way into a second round clash against Welshman Ryan Day.
The Ace has proven to be one of the sport’s most dominant forces in recent years, and will no doubt be looking to add another title to his already distinguished trophy cabinet following his time in Bolton.
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Trump therefore revealed that one of the key aspects to his success on tour is to prepare for each event equally, treating every tournament with the respect he would show at the world championship.
He said: “They’re all the same to me nowadays. I think the only people that see the big events as the big events are the people that win the big events.
“If they won the little ones then they say the little ones are just as big. It’s whatever event you win, really. I’m just happy to win any event.”
This mentality could not be further from that of rival O’Sullivan’s who has previously described the four Home Nation events as ‘very minor’, as well as being like pro-ams.
As a result Trump therefore accused the 2020 world champion as being ‘derogatory’ against the sport he has dominated for so long.
The 32-year-old added: “The things he says don’t bother me because I am used to them. Look, there are so many different sides to him, he can be the nicest person in the world.
“It’s just some of the comments he makes are a bit derogatory towards snooker and there is no need for it really. There is no need to put it down, none of the rest of us put it down.
“It’s just something he likes to do to try and pretend he doesn’t love snooker, but deep down it means so much to him, and the records do too. He gets a huge buzz off it.”
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