July 12, 2024

Ronnie O’Sullivan left red-faced by awkward comment he made in front of….

Ronnie O’Sullivan’s old comments have come back to haunt him after Kyren Wilson’s triumph at the World Snooker Championship. Wilson earned a hard-fought victory over Welsh qualifier Jak Jones in last weekend’s final to get his hands on the sport’s biggest prize.

Wilson was made to work hard by Jones, who lost the opening seven frames but fought back to keep his opponent on his toes. The eventual result saw Wilson become snooker’s newest champion, having never won it before despite reaching the final in 2020 and making it to the semi-finals on two occasions.

After the match, a press conference from a few years ago resurfaced on social media with O’Sullivan being left red-faced over the comments he made. The Rocket brutally snubbed Wilson when discussing the best players in the world despite the latter sitting just two seats away from him.

“It’s usually the good ones that win it,” said O’Sullivan, before pointing at every player sitting around him with the exception of Wilson. “Neil [Robertson], Mark [Selby], [John] Higgins, [Mark] Williams. I’m not disrespecting any of the other guys, but that’s why they’ve been at the top for that long. They’re just cut from a different cloth.”

O’Sullivan’s comments suggested that he did not think Wilson was good enough to win a world title, but he was proven wrong on Sunday when the Kettering native finally got the job done. Wilson came close to walking away from the sport in 2013 but was rewarded for his patience and hard work by achieving Crucible glory at the 12th time of asking.

He reflected on his arduous journey to the top of snooker after beating Jones in the final, saying: “It’s like a Rocky Balboa story. I’ve had to dig in and go back to the grotty gym and find myself again. I remember two years I couldn’t get through Q School. Sophie [wife] looked at me and said: ‘If you don’t do it this year we’ll have to look at alternatives’.

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