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I don't want to be on telly ..or a billionaire .. or rule world .. I'd rather put a new kitchen in; STAR'S POTS AND PLANS WORLD OF SPORT.

Byline: Frank Haynes

RONNIE O'SULLIVAN launched into another rant on his plans to quit snooker - and claimed he could be tempted to fit kitchens instead.

The man chasing his fifth Betfair World Championship title raised the stakes for his semi-final showdown against Judd Trump by stating this would be his last tilt at Crucible glory.

Of course, it's not the first time the Rocket has vowed to hang up his cue.

He returned to the green baize in Sheffield after a year-long selfimposed exile from the sport and revealed on Wednesday he would fulfil a sponsor's commitment to play 10 tournaments, mostly low-profile events, and then give up the game having earned enough to pay his children's school fees for years to come.

Yesterday he again spoke of his plans to walk away and bizarrely suggested he could turn his hand to property development.

To trade it in for a life away from snooker would seem a gamble, given his earning ability, but O'Sullivan insists he is tired of the sport that has brought him over PS6million in prize money and huge sums in endorsements.

The popular player said: "I don't want to be a celebrity, I don't want to be on the telly, I don't want to do any of that sort of stuff.

"I don't want to be a billionaire, I don't want to rule the world. I want to have a purpose in life and there are other things out there that I'd like to do and I'm excited by it.

"I have been watching these property programmes where they buy a new house, put a new kitchen in - it sounds a bit easier than playing snooker.

RETIREMENT "Snooker's been great to me but I find it hard to manage my levels of expectations.

"I should have bailed out last year, sold my house and paid the school fees.

"But who cares, I'm going to die one day so it doesn't matter."

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has vowed not to stand in the 37-year-old's way should the latest in a long line of retirement warnings be one he sticks to. And in another twist O'Sullivan said he could be swayed by Hearn to play in tournaments if the circumstances suit him.

O'Sullivan said: "I'm not going to be chasing rankings points, I'm not going to be going to China six times a year, and if I'm not prepared to do any of that I might as well find something else to do.

"But you never know with Barry, he's always changing things.

"He might go, 'Look Ronnsy, I've got a little tournament for you, you can turn up, do two weeks' practise'.

"And I might go, 'You know what, I'm up for that'.

"But I'm not up for the constant putting my life into snooker."


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 4, 2013
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