Running : the autobiography by Ronnie O'Sullivan

By Ronnie O'Sullivan

World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan's frank and sincere account of his astonishingly dramatic life

Running is my drug. To be sincere, medicinal drugs (and alcohol) was my drug, yet now i have the healthiest habit going. working is what has helped me struggle my demons, win 5 international snooker championships, and focus on all of the crap life's thrown at me. they are saying what does not kill you makes you greater, and during this ebook i glance at every little thing that hasn't killed me, yet has had a very good go—my addictive character, melancholy, my dad's homicide conviction, the painful break-up with the mum of my youngsters, and the trouble of balancing kinfolk existence with that of a sportsman. these are the downers. yet it is also in regards to the good things in my life—my childrens, snooker, my dad's liberate from legal, nice pals who've helped me, and the psychiatrist Dr. Steve Peters who has taught me how to not run clear of existence whilst it will get difficult. For the 1st time, I clarify a few of my madder moments—why I walked out in the course of a fit opposed to Stephen Hendry, why I sat with a rainy textile over my face in a fit opposed to Mark King. it is a e-book approximately what it takes to be a champion—the sacrifices you want to make, the obsessive perform, the selfishness. ultimately, it is a e-book approximately what it really is wish to get the buzz, and i am hoping anyone who is ever bought the operating buzz will relate to this.

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You’ve got to win seven matches over three days to win each one. Three matches on a Friday or Saturday then four matches on a Sunday, if you got through. And you pretty much knew if you’d played on the Saturday you wouldn’t be winning on the Sunday because it took so much out of you. The best draw was Friday match, Saturday off, then Sunday you’d be fresh again to play. It was great preparation for Sheffield because it got me used to stop-start, stop-start, the rhythm of playing, and so it became easier preparing for a big tournament.

I’d not been so nervous since a semi-final in the World Championship against Stephen Hendry in 2002. The German Masters is a tournament that loads of snooker fans aren’t even aware of, but this was huge for me. Huge. When the blue went in, I couldn’t believe it. I was shaking so much I thought I’d miss it by a foot. At first I thought, don’t worry about potting, just get the white safe. Then I told myself, don’t think like that, that’s not how a champion thinks. ’ Embrace the moment, I told myself.

I chatted away to him, told him how I felt about this and that, what was happening in my life. He’s very quiet and unassuming, but incredibly wise. ‘Sometimes I just don’t want to be there, Dr Steve,’ I’d say to him. And he’d just listen away, hardly saying a thing. ‘Sometimes I want to pick up my cue and just run out of the room and head off home. And then when I get home I just want to pick up my cue and run away to somewhere else. Probably back to the venue. ’ ‘What you’re talking about is common, Ronnie,’ he said.

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