O'Sullivan joins Trump in Championship League Snooker as full field announced

Ronnie O’Sullivan will return to the table at Championship League Snooker in Milton Keynes in a high-profile field including world champion Judd Trump, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson.

Snooker returns behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes on 1 June and plenty of the biggest names in the sport will be involved.

The event has been added to the calendar to get players back in action as quickly as possible after the coronavirus hiatus, and will be the first tournament since the Gibraltar Open in March, ahead of the Tour Championship and then World Championship in July.

64 players are involved across 16 groups in Milton Keynes and the Rocket will be among the field, drawn in a group alongside Chris Wakelin, Michael Georgiou and Kishan Hirani.

O’Sullivan has not played since his second round exit at the Snooker Shoot Out in February, and not been involved in a long-format event since the Welsh Open earlier in the same month.

The winners of the 16 groups then play in four more groups, before those winners playing out a final group, with a champion crowned on 11 June and claiming the £30,000 top prize.

The whole event will be broadcast live on ITV4 beginning at 3pm each day, apart from Friday 5 June when it gets underway at 4pm.

Championship League Groups

Group 1 – Saturday 6 June
Stuart Bingham
Ricky Walden
Jordon Brown
Jamie Clarke

Group 2 – Monday 1 June
Judd Trump
Daniel Wells
Elliot Slessor
David Grace

Group 3 – Tuesday 2 June
Michael Holt
Mark Davis
Mark Joyce
Louis Heathcote

Group 4 – Wednesday 3 June
Joe Perry
Mark King
Sam Baird
Harvey Chandler

Group 5 – Wednesday 4 June
Mark Selby
Liang Wenbo
Joe O’Connor
Lee Walker

Group 6 – Monday 8 June
Ali Carter
Matt Selt
Sam Craigie
Dominic Dale

Group 7 – Sunday 7 June
Barry Hawkins
Anthony McGill
Craig Steadman
Hammad Miah

Group 8 – Saturday 6 June
Jimmy Robertson
Ben Woollaston
Liam Highfield
Alex Ursenbacher

Group 9 – Tuesday 2 June
Jack Lisowski
Luca Brecel
Robbie Williams
Oliver Lines

Group 10 – Friday 5 June
Ronnie O’Sullivan
Chris Wakelin
Michael Georgiou
Kishan Hirani

Group 11 – Monday 8 June
Mark Allen
Martin O’Donnell
Michael White
Nigel Bond

Group 12 – Wednesday 3 June
Kyren Wilson
Ryan Day
Alfie Burden
Chen Feilong

Group 13 – Monday 1 June
David Gilbert
Stuart Carrington
Jak Jones
Jackson Page

Group 14 – Wednesday 4 June
Gary Wilson
Matthew Stevens
John Astley
Mitchell Mann

Group 15 – Friday 5 June
Tom Ford
Robert Milkins
Mike Dunn
Ian Burns

Group 16 – Sunday 7 June
Neil Robertson
Kurt Maflin
Ken Doherty
Ashley Carty

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Ronnie O’Sullivan reveals trip to Graceland turned into Heartbreak Hotel as he couldn’t play on Elvis’ pool table – The Sun

RONNIE O’SULLIVAN says his trip to Graceland turned into the Heartbreak Hotel - when he could not play on The King’s pool table.

The Rocket visited the home of Elvis Presley in 2017 for a TV show called American Hustle.

The idea was for Ronnie to put on his Cue Suede Shoes and play a game on the icon’s pool table.

But the trip to Elvis’ Memphis mansion left the five-time snooker world champion more hang dog than Hound Dog.

O’Sullivan said: “It was a bit of a letdown. I’m one of those people that when I go into someone’s house, I like to get comfortable.

“I take my shoes off, I get on the sofa. If they want to offer me a cup of tea, I say yeah. A bit of food. I really make myself at home.

“Then I really feel like I have been welcomed properly. But in Elvis’ house they said, ‘You cannot go there, you cannot go here’.

“I went, ‘You know what, I don’t feel like it. I’m not enjoying this experience’.

“Even when I went on the pool table, they said: ‘Oh no, you cannot hit the balls’.

“I’m sure if Elvis was alive it would have been different.

“It was great to visit — but not the most welcoming of stays.”

Essex-born O’Sullivan admits he supports Sheffield Wednesday rather than a top Premier League for a very crafty reason — it leads to a Little Less Conversation…

The 44-year-old said: “A lot of guys are into football and really get passionate about it.

“I just don’t want to get into those conversations.

“So I chose a team like Sheffield Wednesday for whenever they ask me, ‘What team do you support?’

“And as a result they end the conversation! It’s fantastic.”

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