Ronnie O’Sullivan fancies a crack at the World Seniors Snooker Championship and says he would be playing in it right now if he was allowed.
The tournament is well underway at the Crucible in Sheffield, with a champion crowned on Sunday evening in South Yorkshire.
The Seniors is open to any amateur player over 40 and any current tour player over that age as long as they are ranked outside the top 64 in the world rankings.
That obviously rules out the Rocket, who is ranked number three in the world, along with other 40+ veterans like John Higgins, Mark Williams and Stuart Bingham, who are all in the top 16 still.
If O’Sullivan ever finds himself in a position in which he is allowed to play, though, he says he will jump at the chance, praising the growing stature of the event now it is held at the Crucible.
‘If at some point I am allowed to play in it while I’m a professional,’ O’Sullivan told the BBC. ‘If I could play in it now I would. It would just be nice to be playing.
‘It would be great. I’d love to be able to participate.
‘It has got stronger and stronger each year. And Jason [Francis, World Seniors Snooker Tour chairman] has done a great job.
‘All the players love it. Whereas before you were just playing in a snooker club somewhere, now you can’t get much better than the Crucible.’
O’Sullivan’s good friend Jimmy White is looking to defend his World Seniors title this year having won each of the last two editions of the tournament.
The Whirlwind is into the quarter-finals where he will play Darren Morgan on Saturday night and look to set up a clash with Igor Figueiredo in the semis after the Brazilian beat Stephen Hendry on Saturday morning.
The other side of the draw sees Barry Pinches take on Patrick Wallace and Ken Doherty play David Lilley in the other quarter-finals.
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