He has written cookbooks and several autobiographies. It has a showcase with 37 titles, among which six world championships stand out. And these are the ones that Ronnie O'Sullivan shelled in the documentary "Joy of Six" that Eurosport premieres this Sunday, November 22 at 7.15 pm, before the grand finale of the Open from Northern Ireland.
Actually, the life and sports work of the snooker player has what any good movie script could need: drama, comedy, moments of tension, days of wine and roses. Because in the light of the floodlights, Sullivan is one of the best snooker players in the world . But those same outbreaks, a lot of money at a young age and personal problems, like his father accused of murder, are what have also caused him to spend his stints in rehab clinics. « I got into a lot of parties and a lot of alcohol . On the circuit there was already talk that "Ronnie has lost his essence, he is not the boy he was." Alain Robidoux told me: "You have great talent and you are throwing it away." We were on a flight from Thailand. I looked at it and said to myself: 'This is fine. It's the first time that some honesty has come to me, because people were talking about me, obviously, but nobody said anything to my face. And he was right, I wasn't doing myself any favors and I needed direction. Once I stopped drinking, I was able to get back in shape, and focus only on snooker. I was sure I had what I needed to be competitive ». Putting on his shoes and going for a run was another of the activities that helped him get out of the well. And from there, to this summer of 2020, where he was crowned for the sixth time.
Already in the first World Cup, in 2001, he suffered the pressure that he was already "late" for this title with respect to other rivals. " I started having panic and anxiety attacks and was taking antidepressants right after my first round because I just couldn't deal with all of that," the player opens in the documentary.
Hence, he confessed that winning that first World Cup was a relief, a stone that was lifted. “Everybody was talking about how I should have won before I did. John Higgins had won, Mark Williams had won. I hadn't done it and the question was always "can he win it?" ».
He does remember with joy, like the title of the documentary, his fourth World Cup, in which everything seemed fit in with your game and your mindset. “He was the one who played the best from start to finish, without a doubt. I felt the ball hit, my movements were always the right ones. There were many clean shots that gave me a lot of confidence. ”
From his personal life he confessed what he did during the sabbatical year that he took to disconnect from snooker. “I felt like I was getting lazy and wanted to do some volunteer work, so I could say no if I wanted to. But I do commit myself, I commit myself. And I was on a farm taking care of pigs. I'll tell the truth, it was hell! It was fine because there was no pressure, but you had to be there with all the smell. I was there for six weeks. ”
From hell to heaven for the sixth world title, twenty years after the first and already held in Sheffield. “I enjoyed an event away from the circus and it was great. And the final was early in the evening. We were able to go back to the hotel and have a little party, which was one of the funniest nights of my life. A few close friends and by far one of the best celebrations. I had never laughed so much ».