Ronnie O’Sullivan

Ronnie O’Sullivan to play Jimmy White at Villa

Ronnie O’Sullivan – The Rocket

Ronnie O’Sullivan Career Achievements

Nickname: The Rocket, The Essex Exocet

Highest ranking: 1

Tournament wins:

Ranking 31

Minor-Ranking 3

Non-Ranking 30

World Champion: 2001, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013


Ronald Antonio O’Sullivan,  (born 5 December 1975) is an English professional snooker and pool player.

The five-times world champion widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the sport’s history.

Well known for his rapid playing style, mercurial temperament and his ambivalent relationship with the sport, from which he has taken prolonged sabbaticals and repeatedly threatened to retire.

A childhood snooker prodigy, O’Sullivan made his first century break at age 10 and his first maximum break at age 15.

He turned professional in 1992, at the age of 16, and soon earned the nickname “The Rocket” because of his rapid playing style.

O’Sullivan achieved his first major professional success when he won the 1993 UK Championship at the age of 17 years and 358 days, making him the youngest player ever to win a ranking title, a record he still holds.

He’s also the youngest player to have won the Masters, having captured his first title in 1995 at the age of 19 years and 69 days.

O’Sullivan’s record in Triple Crown events now stands at five World Championship, six Masters, and five UK Championship titles.

Ronnie’s career total of 28 ranking titles puts him in joint second place (with Steve Davis and John Higgins) behind Stephen Hendry, who has 36.

His career earnings of over £8 million put him on second place after Hendry on snooker’s all-time prize-money list.

O’Sullivan has held the world number one ranking on multiple occasions, most recently during the 2009/2010 season.

His other achievements include ten Premier League titles and winning the Nations Cup with England in 2000.

Known as a prolific break-builder, O’Sullivan holds the record for the most competitive century breaks, with 852.

Ronnie also holds the record for the most ratified maximum breaks in professional competition (13).

Also for the three fastest competitive maximum breaks, the quickest in 5 minutes and 20 seconds.

O’Sullivan’s Playing Style

O’Sullivan plays in a fast and attacking manner. He is a prolific break builder and solid tactical player.

The Rocket has stated his disdain for long, drawn-out games, saying that it harms the game of snooker.

He’s regarded by many other professionals as an excellent front-runner.

In previous years, he could become demoralized by being behind and not playing well.

He’s right-handed but can play to a very high standard with his left hand and routinely alternates where needed.

While not quite possessing the same power in his left arm, being ambidextrous enables him to attempt shots with his left hand that would otherwise require awkward cueing with a rest or spider.

When he first displayed this left-handed ability in the 1996 World Championship against Alain Robidoux, the Canadian accused him of disrespect.

O’Sullivan responded that he played better with his left hand than Robidoux could with his right.

O’Sullivan rarely requests the cue ball to be cleaned following a kick or heavy contact.

He has stated that stopping to have the cue ball cleaned affects his rhythm and that it’s easier just to continue playing.


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