Level Info – CA – UK Championship Snooker 2020: Ronnie O’Sullivan wants to bring Masters back but has concerns

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    Ronnie O’Sullivan has announced that he would like to compete in the Masters in January as media requirements at Snooker’s largest invitational event will not affect his standard of play

    The world champion has won a record seven Masters titles but decided to miss the tournament earlier this year as he was not happy with the stress he had during his run to the 2019 final

    O’Sullivan defeated 2011 winner Ding Junhui 6-3 in the semifinals but felt his preparations for the final were interrupted a day later ahead of a 4-10 loss to Judd Trump

    The six-time Crucible winner said the situation resolved itself after his 17:16 win over Mark Selby in the late August World Cup semi-finals but wanted to implement similar « protocols » at Alexandra Palace annual host of the London tournament since 2012

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    « The ticket situation and the requests for tickets are very big for me, » he told Eurosport. « Then you have the media obligations. As I said, the reason I didn’t play in the Masters last year was that I was after Winning my semi-final (2019) took so much time that we couldn’t prepare for the final well enough as I would have liked to

    « I said if I get to the finals I like to give an hour of my time, but after that I have to go home to rest »

    « Fortunately, after the World Cup semi-finals, they agreed that I made these protocols for myself because I want to be in those tournaments

    « You want to play and do your best. You don’t want to make it to the finals and you spend your time promoting

    « In the meantime, you feel like you should rest and prepare for the finals. The work won’t get done until you finish the tournament, » said O’Sullivan, replacing Ali Carter in last season’s finals 10: 8 against Stuart Bingham lost

    « Anything distracting you up to this point must at least or at least take your priorities into account

    « As long as they are taken into account and you can work with the promoters and understand them, I shouldn’t see a problem in my game »

    “But the minute that the limits are being exceeded and your needs are not really being considered or even considered, I think it’s better to miss the tournament or not play my next game because it is the most As an athlete, it is important that you can do your job properly « 

    O’Sullivan remains the youngest winner of the event, which includes the sport’s 16 best players. He was 19 years and 69 days old when he defeated John Higgins 9-3 in the 1995 final

    Since then, he has won six more Masters victories in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2016 and 2017 to match Stephen Hendry’s six victories between 1989 and 1996

    World Snooker Tour Chairman Barry Hearn hopes 1000 fans will be admitted to the meetings of the tournament, which will take place from 10 until 17 Set to take place on January 1st after the UK government has confirmed fewer viewers in England may be returning to the sport

    « It’s important for the fans to see the best version of themselves because they want to pay good money and see you deliver on the table, » said O’Sullivan, who has been against for the past 64 years Swiss Alexander Ursenbacher will compete in the UK championship on Sunday afternoon

    « Part of it is managing your time off the table. I always think my fans deserve the highest standard of play possible »

    The remainder of the snooker year will continue to be played behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes The UK Championship, Scottish Open and World Grand Prix will be held temporarily at the venue due to the global pandemic

    O’Sullivan is keen on a change of scene with the return of the fans who are needed to improve the atmosphere

    « You can eat steak and fries every day, but sometimes all you want is a little bit of beans and toast and a few fried eggs with a little tomato ketchup on top, » he said, « It doesn’t matter how good the steak is. Every day you just go so, really?

    « Don’t get me wrong, it’s fine, but I think playing any tournament without the crowds and not in different locations feels like you’re going through the moves

    « This is why I was so disappointed we were not going to the UK Championship in York, I thought it would have been a pleasure for the players to maybe see an event outside of Milton Keynes »

    Ronnie O’Sullivan, Snooker, UK Championship, Masters, Championship, Ding Junhui

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    Source: https://www.eurosport.com/snooker/uk-championship/2020-2021/uk-championship-snooker-2020-ronnie-o-sullivan-set-to-make-masters-return-but-reveals-concerns_sto8010011/story.shtml

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