Ronnie O'Sullivan clashes with Mark Allen during tense game
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By Ronnie O’Sullivan’s remarkably high standards he has endured somewhat of a career lull over the past year, however this came to an end on Sunday after he claimed the World Grand Prix title.
The Rocket recorded a record 38th rankings title of his career by seeing off Neil Robertson 10-8, in a cracker of a final in Coventry over the weekend.
His win over Robertson saw him end a 16-month wait to get his hands back on a rankings title, and with it he collected another £100,000 in prize money.
This prize extends O’Sullivan’s remarkable career earnings on the snooker table to an eye-watering £11.6 million, since bursting onto the scene as a fresh-faced youngster in the early 1990’s.
His remarkable earnings come after the Englishman proved to be the sport’s dominant force across the last three decades, with many regarding O’Sullivan as the greatest to ever hold a cue.
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As well as his record-breaking 38 ranking titles the Rocket has picked up six world titles, with his last coming at the 2020 event where he defeated Kyren Wilson 18-8 in Sheffield.
Despite this O’Sullivan’s highest earning campaign came the season earlier across the 2018/19 term, where he collected a cool £922,000 in prize money.
The Englishman picked up an impressive five titles across the season, including victories at the UK Championship, the Champion of Champions and the Shanghai Masters, as well reaching the final of the 2019 Masters in London.
During his recent drop off in form prior to his win on Coventry, rumours began to circulate about O’Sullivan’s potential retirement from professional snooker in the not too distant future.
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However after claiming victory on Sunday, the Rocket hinted retirement may not be on the horizon just yet.
He said: “I’m just appreciative to still be able to play.
“Forty-six – it is still good to be playing. Most of the other great players didn’t win much past their early 30s.”
After a truly remarkable career O’Sullivan has now admitted that he believes he must now make every effort to enjoy his snooker, rather than worrying about putting in ‘one hundred percent’.
He continued: “I’ve won so much that I’ve got to start to enjoy the occasion and if I don’t give 100 percent all the time, I’ve earned that right.
“Okay, I’ve won tonight but losses aren’t that bad either. I just want to enjoy life.”
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