Five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has threatened to pull out of the English Snooker Open following a row with officials about his choice of shoes.
The Rocket is through to the second round following his off-colour 4-1 victory over China’s Zhang Anda.
The Englishman’s crime, according to officials, were his garish support trainers he was wearing after spraining his ankle – they want him to wear black in his second round match against Mark Davis.
O’Sullivan has reacted badly to that decree and has taken to Twitter to vent his frustrations.
“Being told by world snooker that if I don’t wear a black training shoe tomorrow I can’t play #sprainedankle.
“Looks like I’ll have to pull out of the English Open cause someone’s not happy I’m wearing a trainer due to a sprained ankle.”
It’s safe to say that the 41-year-old has not had the best couple of years.
In 2016, the Englishman suffered a break down due to him struggling with severe stress – it led to him having to stay in hospital, something he only came clean about a few months ago.
Speaking to Victoria Derbyshire, the 41-year-old said; "Not many people know this but I was suffering. I had worked myself to the bone, the pressure of the tournament.
"Straight after the match, I was driven straight down to London. I was in hospital for four or five days. I was physically exhausted and on a low.
"I think it was [a breakdown]. They helped me, gave me a little bit of medication and it was touch and go whether I was going to play in the second round match.
"It was nothing to do with anything else.
“I do love a breakdown, it sort of spurs me on.
"I'm so used to dragging myself up from a low, I have done it all my life.
"I have been so low and come out of it so I don't worry so much. It's almost a chance to respond."
Hopefully the officials at the English Snooker Open allow O’Sullivan to continue playing – even with his ankle support.
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