Former world snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has said that he is being “blackmailed” by the sport’s governing body, accusing them of “raping” him by making ranking points available for the smaller events.
makes little difference, while he insists there are players lower down the ladder who are losing money by taking part in the tournaments, the next of which is in Killarney this weekend.
O’Sullivan won the seventh of a 12 Players Tour Championship (PTC) earlier this month, in which the prizemoney was small but valuable ranking points were on offer. He currently sits top of the competitions order of merit,having won a similar event in Sheffield.
The Liverpool man insists that the prizemoney makes little difference to him at this stage and he is being forced to take part in competitions he has no interest in. If he does not play,he loses out on the ranking points on offer.
“I feel like I’m being raped when I’m playing in them,” O’Sullivan, told Press Association Sport.
“I feel I’m being blackmailed. They put these ranking events on and ranking points at these tournaments and it just feels like the winner’s prize is not great, the loser’s prize…most players are going there and losing money, but they’re putting ranking points on so it’s forcing the players to play in it, which is not great, but what do you do? You have to go.
“The lower-ranked players can’t afford it and the top-ranked players don’t really get rewarded for what they do, so no-one is a winner.
“But I have to play in them, there’s not a lot you can do, you’ve got to do it. But I don’t agree with them.”