Ronnie O’Sullivan says he does not want his kids to play snooker as he blasts sport as ‘waste of a life’

RONNIE O'SULLIVAN has revealed that he does not want his kids to play snooker, blasting the sport as a 'waste of a life'.

The Rocket is a six-time world champion, widely heralded as one of the best players of all time.

But O'Sullivan, despite having earned £12million from the sport himself, believes that most players are on a hiding to nothing.

And he would not support his kids picking up a cue.

The 42-year-old told The Disruptive Entrepreneur: "I always say to young kids, their parents, 'Don’t let them play.'

"My own kids, I say, 'You’re not playing snooker.'

"If they decide to play snooker they’re on their own, I’m not supporting that.

"It’s a bad sport, it can cause you a lot of damage. Unless you’re Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis, John Higgins, Mark Williams, me, Judd Trump, [Mark] Selby, [Neil] Robertson… forget it.

"The others, it’s just a waste of a life.

"Even some of them names I’ve mentioned, even some of them, they’re good at what they do but if they could be equally be good at something else, I think, 'Go for the other thing!'"


O'Sullivan also pointed to the solitary nature of the sport, and how it can stunt players' social skills.

He continued: "Snooker’s just a really, really tough sport.

"Stuck indoors, no natural light, draw the curtains, in there for five or six hours, you don’t talk to anyone.

"That’s not healthy, that’s not a good way to spend your life.

"Look at a lot of snooker players, they don’t know how to have a conversation because they don’t talk."

The Rocket believes that 'detaching' from the sport has helped him enjoy life more over the last 20 years.

He added: "Life’s all about getting a buzz and the joy of life. For me I’ve detached from snooker over the last 20 years.

Like I said, I wouldn’t have chose snooker, I’d probably have chosen golf or Formula One

"They don’t see me at a venue and a lot of players say, 'What do you do?'

"I’m like, 'I have a life! I like to enjoy doing other things.'

"I can turn up for a match at two o’clock and at 1:50pm I put my shirt and tie on, I don’t need to practice, I’m not that bothered.

"Like I said, I wouldn’t have chose snooker, I’d probably have chosen golf or Formula One."

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