Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Reigning Champ Ronnie Won't Defend UK Title

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Reigning Champ Ronnie Won't Defend UK Title

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RONNIE O'Sullivan has revealed he no longer desires the pressure of being snooker's "top man" following confirmation he will not defend his Betway UK Championship title in York.

Three weeks ago it was announced O'Sullivan, who has not played an event on the tour since April, had not put himself forward to enter a competition that he has won five times.

The UK Championship will therefore begin this month without its enigmatic reigning champion, however O'Sullivan has expressed a desire to steer clear of the added demands of being one of the sport's leading lights.

Writing a blog for Eurosport, he stressed he was keen to carry on playing but was enjoying time away from the spotlight.

"I'm trying different things at the moment," the 39-year-old said. …

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