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Ronnie O’Sullivan lashes out at ‘flat’ atmosphere at Northern Ireland Open

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Ronnie O’Sullivan lashes out at ‘flat’ atmosphere at Northern Ireland Open, says he is so FORBIDDEN from playing at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall that he ‘wanted to leave as soon as possible’ after last win

  • Ronnie O’Sullivan is less than impressed at the Northern Ireland Open
  • ‘The Rocket’ has said he is ‘bored’ in matches because of the ‘flat’ atmosphere
  • After his last win, he said he ‘wanted to leave as soon as possible’











Ronnie O’Sullivan expressed annoyance at the ‘flat’ atmosphere at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, which left him ‘bored’ at the Northern Ireland Open.

O’Sullivan revealed his boredom after a first round win over Andy Hicks and he will hope things improve significantly ahead of his second round match-up with Alfie Burden on Thursday.

‘It was very flat there. I was very bored,” O’Sullivan told wst.tv. “I just wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible.”

Ronnie O’Sullivan (pictured at the World Snooker Championships in April) has revealed that he is bored playing at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast for the Northern Ireland Open due to the atmosphere

Waterfront Hall is hosting the tournament, but O'Sullivan hasn't been impressed so far

Waterfront Hall is hosting the tournament, but O’Sullivan hasn’t been impressed so far

O’Sullivan rarely bites his tongue these days, and he was far from complimenting the crowd in the Belfast hall.

In an interview with Eurosport after the 4-1 win over Hicks, he reminisced about ‘every match’ at tournaments that ‘felt like a Champions League night’.

“I struggled a bit with the table and I struggled with the atmosphere – there was really no atmosphere out there,” O’Sullivan added to Eurosport.

“I play well, so normally I can generate the atmosphere, but I don’t know… It felt like years ago, every time we played a tournament, every game felt like a big night, like a Champions League night, while it was poor out there… it was hard.

“I don’t know, you’ve got all those games, you’ve got people walking around, you know… I had a hard time. It’s the atmosphere. These flat draws, you just have to hope you get through the quarters and click into a spark.

‘It was very flat there. I was very bored there… I wanted to get out of there asap, to be honest. I thought, “Please don’t let this go on for long, two to three hours”.

O’Sullivan he can grow in the tournament and history suggests he best rid himself of boredom after reaching the finals of the competition for the last three years only to be beaten by Judd Trump each time.

He added that his attitude was not to worry too much if he won or lost his match with Hicks, he was so eager to finish out of boredom.

O'Sullivan (pictured in April) described it as 'flat' and didn't care if he won or lost his match

O’Sullivan (pictured in April) described it as ‘flat’ and didn’t care if he won or lost his match

Victory has placed O’Sullivan in the last 32, where he will face Burden starting Thursday at noon.

Burden was a 4-2 winner against Yuan Sijun in his opening game, but goes in as a big underdog against O’Sullivan.

While O’Sullivan made light work of Hicks, it wasn’t so easy for the world’s No. 1 Mark Selby.

Selby was pushed to victory over the last black to beat China’s Cao Yupeng 4-3.

Cao needed another snooker and as he headed for the black win was in sight, only for him to miss and Selby got a chance to take the win, which he did.

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