Steve Davis believes Ronnie O’Sullivan is ready for lots extra years at the elite stage of snooker, regardless of his shock first spherical exit from the World Championship.
The Rocket was surprised by James Cahill within the final 32 at the Crucible, as he was crushed 10-Eight in what many are calling the best upset within the historical past of the event.
It was a totally disappointing finish to the season for O’Sullivan, however with 5 event wins over the marketing campaign, it has nonetheless been a remarkably profitable one.
Davis could not consider that the 43-year-old can match Stephen Hendry’s record of seven world titles, however he sees him winning rankings events for years to return.
‘I don’t suppose it displays on his season, it’s been unimaginable,’ Davis instructed the BBC after the Rocket’s loss to Cahill.
‘He’s the one participant really able to selecting and selecting events and nonetheless sustaining a high 16 place at the age of 43 is simply wonderful.
‘I nonetheless preserve that, ought to he wish to, at the age of 50 he could win ranking events, which is unprecedented for some other participant.
‘Any other player would be retiring or just losing confidence.’
A ranking occasion has been received by a 50-year-old, however that was approach again in 1982 when Ray Reardon received the Gamers Skilled Event (now the World Open).
Reardon was aged 50 years and 14 days when he beat Jimmy White 10-5 in Birmingham, whereas Reardon additionally holds the document for oldest world champion at 45 years and 203 days.
With O’Sullivan winning the UK Championship, Tour Championship, Gamers Championship, Shanghai Masters and Champion of Champions this season, the Rocket clearly nonetheless has loads of petrol within the tank, regardless of his below-par World Championship.
Whether or not he needs to play for an additional seven years on the circuit, although, stays to be seen.
‘There are parts of the sport I don’t like,’ O’Sullivan instructed the Sun. ‘It’s about minimising the period of time I’ve to be across the bits I don’t get pleasure from.
‘Taking part in snooker, doing exhibitions, TV stuff . . . it helps me keep related. It stops me going into Large Brother and the jungle!
‘If I was all about snooker, I probably wouldn’t play any extra. I don’t wish to be on the hamster wheel working backwards.’