Ronnie O’Sullivan hopes ‘Snooker Santa’ comes to the UK Championship

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Ronnie O’Sullivan was getting in the Christmas spirit in York…in a way (Picture: Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan was feeling festive after his UK Championship victory over Michael White on Wednesday night, hoping that ‘Snooker Santa’ pays a visit to York in the coming days.

The Rocket beat White 6-3 in a superb contest which saw O’Sullivan open up with breaks of 139 and 131 in the first two frames, only for the Welshman to hit back with 102 in the next.

Obviously the pair couldn’t keep up that standard, but it was an entertaining game throughout, with the six-time world champion adding a couple more half centuries en route to victory.

Before the game O’Sullivan had advised White to work on the mental side of the game, after the 30-year-old’s recent struggles which have seen him fall off tour, but asked about this, the Rocket insisted he was, in fact, not interested.

‘I don’t want to get involved in what everyone else is doing, I’m just here on holiday, having a great time,’ he said after the victory.

‘If I get beat I’ll be in the Eurosport studio, hit a few balls, go to Llandudno [for the Scottish Open] and have a good time there.

‘I don’t really want to get involved, to be honest with you. I’m just not interested.’

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The Rocket may not be interested in talking about snooker, but he has often spoken of his love for York, so what could he be up to on a couple of days off from the table?

‘Just some nice food,’ he said. ‘Nice run, go to the gym, sit in some coffee bars, chill out, make a few phone calls, emails, might go to the gym again, some more good food. It’s not a bad life, I suppose.’

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O’Sullivan looked in fine form as he booked his spot in the second round (Picture: Getty Images)

Would there be any room for Ronnie to watch his mate Jimmy White in action against his old rival Ali Carter on Thursday? A match that would surely tickle the interest of the Rocket.

‘I told you mate, I’ve got zero interest. Sorry to disappoint you,’ he insisted.

‘I love Jimmy but I’m just not interested in any snooker, what anyone’s up to, what they’re doing, good luck to them.

‘I hope they get everything that Snooker Santa brings to them, good luck to them.’

O’Sullivan will be back in action at the weekend when he takes on Robbie Williams in the second round and we will see what Santa has brought.


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