Snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan has confirmed he will compete in the Masters next month and end his seven-month absence from competitive snooker.
The 39-year-old is known as one of snooker's greatest talents and the game has sorely missed 'The Rocket's' do or die approach to the game.
When interviewed by the BBC a few days ago, O'Sullivan said there was no timescale on his return to snooker and insisted he was loving his time away from the sport.
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However, the Rocket has made a dramatic U-turn and will return to competitive snooker to compete in the Masters which begins on January 10. O'Sullivan revealed his return while covering the UK Championships for Eurosport, which he won in 2014, later confirming the news via social media.
"Looking forward to playing the Masters," the current world number two tweeted on November 30.
Snooker fans will eagerly await O'Sullivan's snooker return as many feel his flamboyant playstyle is a highlight of the game. The Essex-born star has won 27 ranking tournaments throughout his career. His last, a 10-9 victory over Judd Trump, was arguably one of the best UK Championship finals of all time.
O'Sullivan has not played a competitive match since last April, when he lost to Stuart Bingham in the quarter-finals of the World Championships. Bingham went on to win the tournament.
His legendary status within snooker and return is an exciting prospect. However, without playing for seven months, the rapid potter will be far from his best. Even more so to the dismay of snooker fans, O'Sullivan may never be as good as he was before his time away from the sport.
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