Ronnie O’Sullivan sets new retirement deadline as fresh snooker quit threat made

Ronnie O'Sullivan sets new retirement deadline as fresh snooker quit threat made

O’Sullivan confirmed that Peters would be at the Crucible for the World Championships to help the Rocket, who does not want to retire from snooker. The 48-year-old enjoys the lifestyle and travel that comes with being a professional sportsman, but insisted that another year of similar performances would be enough to tempt him into hanging up the cue.

“I’ll only retire if I think I’m not playing well enough for long enough, which has been going on a while now,” O’Sullivan added. “That’s obviously something that distresses me enough to think. ‘I don’t want to keep doing that.’ But like I said, if I can learn to live with it.

“I don’t have to win, you know, I just like travelling, I like the people I meet, I like the people I work with; I have a great time with all my sponsors and stuff like that. That’d be hard to give up. It’d be hard to give up all the exhibitions I do, the places I get to travel to. That’s why I don’t want to give it up.

“But you’ve got to enjoy the playing, you know, and it’s been a tough year. If I can get back to enjoy the playing, then I’ll be the happiest man in the world.”