Ronnie O’Sullivan is planning to play in ‘every event I can possibly play in’ over the next two years as he looks to win as much silverware as he can before his snooker career draws to a close.
The Rocket has been playing a limited schedule in recent years, missing numerous tournaments over a season and largely only playing in UK-based events.
This season so far the 44-year-old has played in seven ranking events, but has not entered a further seven and his lack of activity meant he failed to qualify for the Players Championship and Tour Championship.
Despite playing a fraction of the events most of his rivals compete in, the Rocket is still number six in the world, but he is ready to have another push towards the top of the sport over the next two years.
Speaking on an Instagram Live with Stephen Hendry, the five-time world champion outlined his plan
‘I do think for the next two years I might just focus and play in every event I can possibly play in,’ said O’Sullivan.
‘Give it one last shot and see if I can get my game to a level where I’m confident of winning.’
Hendry was keen to know if this meant Ronnie would be practicing hard as well as turning up at every event.
‘If I hadn’t played for two or three months I’d probably do a couple of weeks solid practice,’ the Rocket continued.
‘I think because there’s so many tournaments, if you’re going to play in most of them, it doesn’t leave you much time to practice.
‘If I felt like my game needed a bit of a sharpener and I’d lost early, two or three days on the practice table would be enough.
‘When you [Hendry] were flying winning everything there was a little bit of a gap between each tournament so you could prepare brilliant.
‘Winning and getting to finals of tournaments it doesn’t really allow you to prepare properly for the next tournament
‘You could play a final in China on Sunday and be playing on Tuesday in Cardiff, it’s not ideal preparation.
‘You’ve just got to get your head around it and say “I’ve got to the final of that one, I’m probably not going to do great in the next one. Maybe an early exit is not such a bad thing.”‘
O’Sullivan’s vast swathes of fans will be delighted to hear of a reinvigorated Rocket and one that insists he still has the desire to add to his five World Championship titles, having not triumphed at the Crucible since 2013.
‘Yeah, of course I’d love to win the World Championships but sometimes my life is so chaotic off the table,’ explained O’Sullivan.
‘I’m not making excuses, I never make excuses but I must admit my off the table life has made it a little bit difficult to really focus on snooker.
‘I take responsibility for that, but I have accepted it and I make do with the best of it
‘At one stage I’d have taken one world title, that’s honestly how I thought, so to win five I have to pinch myself a little bit. If I never win another world title I shouldn’t be too hard on myself.
‘But don’t get me wrong, I’d love to win another world title.’
O’Sullivan is waiting on confirmation for this year’s World Championship, which is looking likely to be held at the end of July, but possibly behind closed doors.
While the Rocket admits that a Crucible event with no crowd is far from ideal, he said: ‘Any type of World Championships would be better than no World Championships.’
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