The Rocket - Ronnie O'Sullivan

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The Rocket – Ronnie O’Sullivan

Ronnie O’Sullivan is undoubtedly one of the best players the world of snooker has ever seen. The English player is also known as ‘The Rocket’, due to the swift game he plays. Despite problems which included his father sent to prison for the life-time after being convicted for a man’s murder, Sullivan put his personal life beside and transformed into a legend of the game.

Born in Wordsley, West Midlands, Sullivan started playing snooker from a very early age. At the age of 12, the Brit started going to snooker clubs, where he dominated almost every player after a while.

The Rocket made his first recognized 147 break at the age of 15, and at17, he became the youngest person to win a world-ranking tournament.

The man who is now known as the ‘genius around the table’ when it comes to snooker, jointly-holds the record of making 10 maximum breaks in a game with Stephen Hendry.

The British player is behind Stephen Hendry in the maximum century breaks list and also in winning the all-time-prize-money list, which is 6 million pounds.

Ronnie O’Sullivan has been admired by many people including his fellow professionals Steven Hendry and Steve Davis, as the most talented player ever seen in the game of snooker. The BBC suggests that it is quite possible that Sullivan might have a tag of ‘the greatest snooker player ever’ to his name later on.

Talent that Sullivan has is so certain, that he has been observed playing equally good with the left hand, along with his natural right hand. At many occasions during the tournament matches, he has played some difficult shots with his left hand.

The English snooker player holds the record for making the fastest 147 break, in 5 minutes and 20 seconds, in the history of snooker, as per the Gunnies Book of World Record. He made this record against Mike Price in the first round of the World Snooker Championship 1997.

In the World Championship 1993, Sulliven holds a record of winning the first 38 ranking frames on his way to the title, where he was also found to be the second youngest player ever to qualify.

Sullivan became the youngest ever player to win a ranking tournament at the age of 17, after beating Stephen Hendry 10-6, in the UK Championship 1993. The Magician made his mark as a class act legitimate when he won the Embassy World Snooker Championship 2001, where he outplayed John Higgins 18-14.

Apart from the other tournaments, the British player is also the 2001, 2004 and 2008 World Championship title holder.

Ronnie O’Sullivan has now fallen to the 10th spot in the world rankings, as he didn’t appear in various tournaments. He is not performing up to the mark these days, but the Brit might just bring his devastating form back for the upcoming World Championship 2011.


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