Updated: 14/08/2012 18:02 | By pa.press.net

O'Sullivan set for playing return



Ronnie O'Sullivan is set to return to the main tour

Ronnie O'Sullivan is set to return to the main tour

World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has settled his differences with the sport's governing body and is set to return to the main tour.

The 36-year-old announced after landing his fourth Crucible title that he intended to take a lengthy break. It later emerged that the unavailability of appearance money was a factor in his refusal to sign a World Snooker players' contract, which he said was "too onerous".

But his management company Grove announced on Twitter: "Good news. @ronnieo147 may be playing again. Contract clarified. Uk and international in china entered."

Tuesday, at midday, was the deadline for O'Sullivan to sign and be eligible for December's UK Championship in York.

O'Sullivan added: "Happy to be back in snooker. See you all soon xx"

The growth of the professional tour since Barry Hearn stepped in as World Snooker chairman in December 2009 has been a factor in O'Sullivan's growing frustration.

He said in May there were "certain pressures that I can't do with anymore", and the calendar becoming become crammed with tournaments carrying world ranking points had meant there was added pressure to appear everywhere.

Hearn's contention is that snooker has never offered so many opportunities for players to earn.

Last season O'Sullivan, the sport's guaranteed crowd-puller, was close to falling out of the top 16 and having to go through qualifying to reach round one of the World Championship. And while he eventually made the cut and his world title lifted him to ninth, by remaining inactive since then the Essex-based cueman has slipped to 15th place.

His return to top-level snooker is set to come at the new International Championship in China, which runs from October 28 to November 4, offering a top prize of £125,000 and the same number of ranking points as the UK Championship.

9Comments
07/08/2012 15:36
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Now don't get me wrong, but I don't think the words "too onerous" would have been said by Ronnie, who is a fantastic snooker player but is not a "man of words".
08/08/2012 08:35
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Ronnie is the greatest! Get snooker in at the Olympics so we can win even more gold medals.
08/08/2012 11:16
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No other sport has a ranking system that works against the top players. Barry Hearn has done wonders for snooker, but has he gone too far? Step back Barry and look again objectively
08/08/2012 09:25
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Ronnie is the same as K.P the best players demand the best. its a short sport life so get what you can.

I would go and watch Ronnie rather than some of the boring players   G.D    P.E.    and many others

08/08/2012 11:09
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does barry hearn spend everyday at every tournament? thought not ,not everybody else wants to either,why not have a minimum amount players have to play to stay on the tour but if a player wants to play them all its there choice
07/08/2012 23:33
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too much emphasis on going to china i think if hearn carries on all major tournaments will be in china or the middle east and to stay in the top 16 will be hard so lots of different tournament winners instead of the cream rising to the top that said when ronnie asked what the prize was for a 147 sometime ago then didnt want to pot the black on being told there wasnt a specific prize for a maximum just a prize for the highest break i think he believed he was bigger than the game and trully disrespected the spectators and fans that day he doesnt need the money
08/08/2012 11:53
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can u blame him looking for more money? the price of coke cola has gone through the roof recently lol
08/08/2012 03:13
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Dear Ronnie, get a life, how hard can it be?
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