Four-time World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan will break his hiatus and return to the baize to defend his world title in April.
Ronnie O’Sullivan has played just one match since his championship win in Sheffield last year, however that resulted in a shock defeat to world number 88 Simon Bedford.
Ronnie cited ‘personal problems’ for his extensive absence from the game but is now ready to return. He says his reason for his return is simply boredom.
He says all he has been doing is waking up and going for lunch every day. There had also being reports of him volunteering on a farm during his break.
He announced his return by holding a press conference, where he spoke about the immediate future and his plans. He said: “I’m very match rusty. I haven’t played any matches. I have not been in any intense situations so it’s going to be a tough call to go in there with no match practice behind me”.
He went on to say: “I might get smashed in Sheffield. I’m going in to the unknown. It’s a massive challenge.”
Ronnie has being known to often talk of retirement form the game even since the age of 18. There have been numerous incidents throughout his career where people have doubted his mental state.
Some will doubt whether he can seriously mount a challenge at the world championships after such an extensive break, however many will also fancy his chances as he is widely regarded as the greatest natural player ever to have played the game.