Ronnie O’Sullivan insists ‘every day in Crawley is a day lost in my life’ in English Open rant

The five-time world champion has previously described the Sussex town as a ‘hellhole’ 

Phil Casey
Wednesday 16 October 2019 08:46
Ronnie O'Sullivan is upset with the English Open venue
Ronnie O'Sullivan is upset with the English Open venue

Ronnie O'Sullivan believes a "complete refurbishment" is required after renewing his criticism of the English Open venue.

The five-time world champion labelled the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley a "hellhole" last year and claimed he could smell urine in the player interview area.

And the 43-year-old felt there had been little improvement in the facilities after coming back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to beat Jamie O'Neill 4-3 in the first round on Monday.

"Every day in Crawley is a day lost in my life," O'Sullivan joked to reporters in quotes reported by BBC Sport.

"It's not changed as far as I'm concerned. You would have to change a lot in this place, a complete refurbishment probably. I'm not surprised, it's what I expect it to be.

"I've just gone from a match table, to a squash court to a toilet, where the players' office is, from the toilet to walk around the outside of the building through the heavy rain to come here and talk to you (the press).

"I'll probably end up with a bit of pneumonia on top of the cold I've already got."

In response to O'Sullivan's criticism, World Snooker issued a statement to the PA news agency which read: "After last year's English Open in Crawley we gathered feedback from the players, fans and officials and the overall feedback was that it is an excellent venue.

The five-time world champion doubled down on his dissatisfaction with Crawley (Getty)

"Based on this feedback we have made some changes to the layout this time in order to improve the experience for the players, including a new quiet lounge for the players and an improved practice facility.

"We are happy to be working with the K2 venue building the English Open into a great event. The atmosphere in the arena on the opening day on Monday was excellent and we look forward to more support from the people of Crawley throughout the week."

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in