Ronnie O’Sullivan Sr. Criticizes Snooker Authorities Over Hectic Tour Schedule

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Ronnie O’Sullivan Snr has criticized snooker authorities amidst an ongoing dispute over the tour schedule. Despite his recent successes, including an eighth UK Championship title and an eighth Masters crown, the world number one has expressed frustration with the rapid succession of tournaments. Following his triumph at the Masters, O’Sullivan swiftly competed in the World Grand Prix, delivering impressive performances and clinching another ranking title.

After this demanding period, the 48-year-old hinted at skipping some upcoming events but confirmed his participation in the World Open in China. Interestingly, despite being the world number one, O’Sullivan’s round-of-128 fixture for the World Open has not been held over to the venue stages. In contrast, other top players, such as defending champion Judd Trump, Luca Brecel, Ding Junhui, and Zhang Anda, had their ties deferred. O’Sullivan faces the qualifying rounds in Barnsley this week to secure his spot in Yushan.

Expressing his discontent, O’Sullivan’s father took to social media, criticizing the tight schedule imposed by the World Snooker Tour. He mentioned the lack of time for recovery after winning a major tournament and the subsequent need to travel to Barnsley for a qualifying match for the China tournament. O’Sullivan Sr. argued that the top 16 players should automatically qualify for China and criticized the current system as “barbaric,” blaming the World Snooker Tour and its policies for the strain on players.

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