Ronnie O’Sullivan’s retirement fears fueled by Stephen Hendry as snooker icon continues to dominate

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Ronnie O’Sullivan’s retirement fears fueled by Stephen Hendry as snooker icon continues to dominate – Gudstory

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Stephen Hendry has admitted he is worried about how snooker will cope when Ronnie O’Sullivan finally retires.

The 48-year-old has been in tremendous form so far in 2024, winning the Masters and World Grand Prix with wins over Judd Trump and Ali Carter respectively.


With O’Sullivan unbeaten on British soil since October, he is also favorite for the World Championship at the end of the year.

However, Hendry is afraid of snooker, once the Rockets opt to call it quits.

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Stephen Hendry fears for snooker’s future after Ronnie O’Sullivan retires

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He is worried that at the present time there is no tough competition for O’Sullivan, no one can come close to this veteran.

Therefore, he is concerned about how the game will settle once O’Sullivan makes his mark for good.

Scott told talkSPORT: “Where are all the top players? Ronnie is dominating snooker and running at it at the moment.

“The Selbys, the Robertsons, the Williamses… even Trump couldn’t beat him.

“Who can stop him from winning the world title?”

He added: “This is unprecedented. We have to appreciate his style of play and his longevity.

“It’s amazing. Some of the snooker he played in the semi-finals [of the Masters] Last week was some of the best snooker I have seen.

“He is taking the game to a new level.

“It worries me a bit that if in four or five years’ time, if he retires, who are the players who will replace him?

“We say, ‘Oh, snooker will survive’, but where is the next Ronnie O’Sullivan coming from?

“We’ve got to enjoy it while it lasts.”

O’Sullivan has admitted that he sometimes struggles for motivation, despite every accolade he has achieved during his snooker career.

Yet the Briton recently confirmed that he has no plans to retire.

“I always have to find reasons to play, I say I’ll do it for this and for that,” he told ITV.

“I never thought I really wanted to do this.

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“There have been moments when I’m flying. And it’s been great: and you think: ‘I’m on top of the world.’

“Not very good form. I feel like I’m playing on autopilot.”

“I’ve been fortunate that over the last 10 or 12 years since I started working with [sports psychiatrist] Steve Peters.

“I feel very fortunate for that, but you get to my age and there’s always a reason to keep playing again.

“There are many reasons to encourage me to keep playing, but I’m not sure they’re worth it anymore.

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“I’m not saying I’m going to retire, because everyone says when are you going to retire, I never said that word, so don’t quote me on this.

“But I’m not enjoying my snooker, no.

“It’s hard to stay away from it when you’re still winning.

“That nagging voice in the back of your head that makes you think if I could play my game even half as well, I’d be in the tournament.”

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