Advertisement

Ronnie O'Sullivan

From Academic Kids

Ronnie O'Sullivan
Missing image
Ronny_OSullivan_snookerplayer.jpg


Personal Information
Date of birth December 5, 1975
Nicknames The Rocket,
The Essex Exocet
Nationality English
Career
Professional 1992–current
2005/6 World Ranking 1
Best World Ranking 1 (3 years)
World Championship Best Winner (2 times)
Highest Break 147 (6 times)
Ranking Tournament Wins: 18
World Championship 2001, 2004
UK Championship 1993, 1997, 2001
British Open 1994
German Open 1996
Players Championships 1998, 2000
China Open 1996, 1999, 2000
European Open 2003
Irish Masters 2003, 2005
Welsh Open 2004, 2005
totesport Grand Prix 2004
Other Tournaments Wins
Benson & Hedges Masters 1995, 2005
Irish Masters 2001

Ronnie O'Sullivan (born 5 December, 1975) is a professional snooker player. His fast play has earned him the nickname "The Rocket".

O'Sullivan started his career young. He first achieved a century at the age of 10, scored a 147 when aged just 15, and turned professional aged 16. He recorded the youngest ever victory in a ranking tournament when he won the 1993 UK Championship aged 17.

A naturally talented but temperamental player, O'Sullivan comes from the same mould as Alex Higgins and Jimmy White.

O'Sullivan's life has been very well documented. His father has been and currently still is serving a life-sentence for murder. O'Sullivan still suffers from depression and often struggles with himself.

His career has thus not been without difficulties. After winning the 1998 Benson & Hedges Irish Masters, he was stripped of his title after failing a drugs test. He also has an uneasy relationship with the press, with some of his comments considered ungracious. In 2004, O'Sullivan's father called 1970s master player and six times World Champion Ray Reardon and asked that he give O'Sullivan some advice. With his backing, O'Sullivan came into top form and claimed the 2004 World championships.

O'Sullivan is unique amongst the current ranks of top snooker professionals in that he can play with the cue in either his right or left hand - sometimes alternating between the two within the same frame. When he first did this in the World Championships against Alain Robidoux, the Canadian accused him of disrespect. O'Sullivan responded that he played better with his left hand than Robidoux with his right.

He was also responsible for the fastest World Championship maximum (147) clearance whilst playing against Mick Price in the World Snooker Championship on 21 April, 1997; he completed the clearance in 5 minutes and 20 seconds - an average of one shot every 9 seconds. In fact, his six maximum breaks include the five fastest on record.

O'Sullivan's home club is the Grove Snooker Centre, situated in Romford, East London.

After failing to defend his 2004 World Championships title, losing in his quarter-final to an exceptionally determined and dogged performance by Peter Ebdon (with many observers accusing Ebdon of deliberate slow play), he indicated to the press that he was probably not going to compete in the following season, but is yet to definitely make his mind up.

External Links

pl:Ronnie O'Sullivan nl:Ronnie O'Sullivan

Navigation

Academic Kids Menu

  • Art and Cultures
    • Art (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Art)
    • Architecture (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Architecture)
    • Cultures (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Cultures)
    • Music (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Music)
    • Musical Instruments (http://academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/List_of_musical_instruments)
  • Biographies (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Biographies)
  • Clipart (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Clipart)
  • Geography (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Geography)
    • Countries of the World (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Countries)
    • Maps (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Maps)
    • Flags (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Flags)
    • Continents (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Continents)
  • History (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/History)
    • Ancient Civilizations (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Ancient_Civilizations)
    • Industrial Revolution (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Industrial_Revolution)
    • Middle Ages (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Middle_Ages)
    • Prehistory (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Prehistory)
    • Renaissance (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Renaissance)
    • Timelines (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Timelines)
    • United States (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/United_States)
    • Wars (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Wars)
    • World History (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/History_of_the_world)
  • Human Body (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Human_Body)
  • Mathematics (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Mathematics)
  • Reference (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Reference)
  • Science (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Science)
    • Animals (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Animals)
    • Aviation (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Aviation)
    • Dinosaurs (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Dinosaurs)
    • Earth (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Earth)
    • Inventions (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Inventions)
    • Physical Science (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Physical_Science)
    • Plants (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Plants)
    • Scientists (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Scientists)
  • Social Studies (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Social_Studies)
    • Anthropology (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Anthropology)
    • Economics (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Economics)
    • Government (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Government)
    • Religion (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Religion)
    • Holidays (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Holidays)
  • Space and Astronomy
    • Solar System (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Solar_System)
    • Planets (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Planets)
  • Sports (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Sports)
  • Timelines (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Timelines)
  • Weather (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Weather)
  • US States (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/US_States)

Information

  • Home Page (http://academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php)
  • Contact Us (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Contactus)

  • Clip Art (http://classroomclipart.com)
Toolbox
Personal tools