Snooker: World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan set for playing return
Tuesday 07 August 2012
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".
He has missed ranking tournaments in China and Australia.
Today, at midday, was the deadline for O'Sullivan to sign and be eligible for December's UK Championship in York.
His management company Grove announced on Twitter: "Good news. ronnieo147 may be playing again. Contract clarified. Uk and international in china entered."
O'Sullivan added: "Happy to be back in snooker. See you all soon xx"
After beating Ali Carter 18-11 in the World Championship final on May 7, O'Sullivan said: "I work as hard as anyone in snooker and I just want to be treated fairly.
"That's up to the governing body to treat players right."
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 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.
Latest in Sport
Louis van Gaal denies problem with Wilfried Zaha despite Manchester United forward being given no game time
Calum Chambers: Who is Arsenal's £16m right-back target?
Manchester United latest: Angel Di Maria move no closer as Juan Mata emerges as Louis van Gaal's favoured No 10 as prospect of signing
Arsenal transfer news: Versatile Calum Chambers is a 'gamble', admits Arsene Wenger as Arsenal spending passes £50m
Everton transfer news: Romelu Lukaku deal ON, Roberto Martinez assures fans
- 1 Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
- 2 The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 3 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
- 4 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star, dies aged 45
- 5 Businessman charged £75 for three small bottles of water in London hotel
The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Opponents of Israel's military operation in Gaza are the real enemies of Middle Eastern peace
£26000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly successful international media organ...
£35000 - £41000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: QA Manager -...
Very Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: LONDON - BANKING / PROPERTY FINANCE - ...
£28000 - £30000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: An ambitious...