O'Sullivan will not defend snooker crown

MARK MEADOWS
Last updated 08:33 07/11/2012

Relevant offers

Other Sports

Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker targets early stoppage against American Jason Pettaway Strong Kiwi flavour for UFC event card in Adelaide Christchurch teenager Barclay Miller signs international AFL scholarship with St Kilda Recap: McEvedy Shield 2015 Nervous Australia 'overawed' by Eden Park atmosphere Quiz: Test your sports knowledge - March 3 Video review helps American heavyweight Jason Pettaway prepare for Joseph Parker New Zealand pitcher John Holdzkom looks to lock down a place in Pittsburgh Pirates' bullpen Peter Burling, Blair Tuke report for Team New Zealand duties Black Sox coach Mark Sorenson faces some 'tough calls' after world championships trial

World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan will not defend his title in May and will not play any professional matches for the rest of this season.

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn said in a statement: "I have spoken to Ronnie and he has decided to withdraw from any events he has entered and he will not be playing for the rest of this season. He has some personal issues which he needs to resolve and we wish him all the best for the future."

The Englishman, who won his fourth world title this year, has long had a difficult relationship with the sport's governing body and said in May that players were expected to take part in too many tournaments.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content