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Sport 'Honoured' O'Sullivan hopes SPOTY nomination can propel snooker to new heights

02:25  02 december  2020
02:25  02 december  2020 Source:   uk.sports.yahoo.com

Running Rocket gunning for 10km personal best away from the table

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O ’ Sullivan won the World Championship for the sixth time earlier this year, beating Kyren Wilson 18-8 in the Crucible final. It’s the first time a snooker player has been in the mix for the main award since Stephen Hendry in 1990. The only snooker player to win it was Steve Davis in 1988.

Ronald Antonio O ' Sullivan OBE (born 5 December 1975) is an English professional snooker player from Essex. As a six-time (and reigning) world champion, a record seven-time Masters champion

Ronnie O'Sullivan hailed a watershed moment for snooker after being nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award for the first time in his career, writes Will Jennings.

a close up of Ronnie O'Sullivan: O'Sullivan says previous snubs are a symptom of snooker's lack of profile but revelled in finally making the 2020 shortlist © Provided by Yahoo! Sports UK O'Sullivan says previous snubs are a symptom of snooker's lack of profile but revelled in finally making the 2020 shortlist

The Rocket was crowned world champion for the sixth time this summer and has claimed 37 ranking event titles across a glittering three decades on the baize.

O’Sullivan, the current world No.2, crashed out of the current UK Championship against Alexander Ursenbacher but toasted a night to remember after making the BBC’s coveted final six.

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O ’ Sullivan will prepare for the tournament with six-time World Snooker Championship finalist Jimmy White. In the short-term O ’ Sullivan is aiming to play for two or three more years. But, if he keeps his demons Forever trying to set himself new challenges to recover his old self, O ' Sullivan resorted to

“It was exciting to get the nomination. I grew up watching the award on the TV so it’s great to be part of the final six,” said the 44-year-old, who is joined by Lewis Hamilton, Stuart Broad, Holly Doyle, Jordan Henderson and Tyson Fury on the shortlist.

“Anything like this is great for snooker, so I’m happy to be able to be in a position to be even nominated. If helps snooker and, grows the popularity and elevates snooker, then that’s fantastic and I’m honoured.

“I think it was more like snooker has become a less important sport than other sports, and in some ways this is not just about being the best sportsman, but being in the right sport at the right time.

“Maybe that was the reason why I never got nominated before so for snooker, to have a snooker player nominated, is good for snooker as well, I think.

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Ronnie O ’ Sullivan insists a ‘car-boot sale’ mentality is responsible for snooker ’s continued omission from the shortlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Ronnie O ' Sullivan comfortably brushed aside James Cahill at the Scottish Open then claimed he did not shake his opponent's hand for fear of germs. The world number three whitewashed his fellow Englishman 4-0 to progress to the third round. Before the match he fist-bumped Cahill and the referee.

“People that didn’t know snooker knew Steve Davis, and hopefully snooker can get back to those days where the players are known not just by the snooker fans.

“I’ll be at home watching it – I’ve got a few things on at that time so we’ll try and make sure that we’ve got the cameras set up so at least if I do win it I can go cheers to the nation!”

O’Sullivan was memorably crowned king of the Crucible this summer and has enjoyed a storied career on the globetrotting snooker circuit.

Seven UK Championships and seven Masters titles have accompanied his six Sheffield crowns but the Rocket has never previously been nominated for the BBC’s end of year gong.

Six-time world champion Steve Davis won the award in 1988, while seven-time winner Stephen Hendry and the great Alex Higgins finished second in 1990 and 1982 respectively.

Fellow 2020 contender Hamilton was crowned Formula One world champion for a record-equalling seventh time this season, while Broad enjoyed a summer to remember for England’s cricket team with a string of stunning performances against West Indies and Pakistan.

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Ronnie O ' Sullivan reaches the final of the World Championship after winning a thrilling last frame to beat Mark Selby 17-16. Watch the World Snooker Championship on BBC TV, Red Button and BBC iPlayer.

The 2019/2020 Ronnie O ' Sullivan snooker season began with the Shanghai Masters in September 2019. His opening match was against Zhang Yi on 10 September.

Jockey Doyle had a searing season in the saddle and broke the record for the most winners ridden by a woman in a year, while Henderson led Liverpool to their first Premier League title for 30 years and Fury toppled Deontay Wilder in a Las Vegas thriller to claim the world heavyweight title.

a close up of Ronnie O'Sullivan

O’Sullivan knows he’s in glittering company but reckons it’s Fury, not favourite Hamilton, who sits in pole position for the coveted crown.

“There’s some amazing people in there – amazing athletes that have done some brilliant things, so just to be in the running is fantastic,” he added.

“I’m just excited – at least I’ll have an interest in watching this year in many ways.

“I lived in Liverpool so I have a great love for Liverpool and I know how much the football team means to the fans and everyone in Liverpool. For them to win the Premier League last year, and obviously the Champions League the year before, Klopp’s done an unbelievable job and for Henderson, it would be great.

“But for me, Tyson Fury’s the standout. He’s a gladiator of sport and he’s come back and is the real rocky. He’s a proper fighter’s fighter so he’s the superstar for me.

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“It would be nice to join the Nugget [Steve Davis winning it in 1988] – he was a hero of mine growing up, and I’d have been 13 then!

“He was a huge man in the 80s and so was Hendry as well, so it’s nice to get on the list.”

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Rocket rips into Ding for lacking the 'hunger' or 'desire' to be the world's best .
Ronnie O'Sullivan slammed Ding Junhui for lacking the hunger, desperation or desire to become a snooker world champion, writes Will Jennings. 37-time ranking event winner O’Sullivan soared to his sixth World Championship title in the summer after toppling Ding, the current world No.10, in a pulsating last 16 clash. Ding, a 14-time ranking event winner, has beaten the Rocket on five occasions in their 23 meetings but has struggled to fulfil the promise that saw him storm to the first of three UK Championship titles as an 18-year-old in 2005.World No.

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