World Snooker have hit back at claims by Ronnie O’Sullivan’s that competing in Players Tour Championship events makes him feel he is being “raped”.
The sport’s professional body, run by promoter Barry Hearn, defended themselves from O’Sullivan’s controversial remarks by stressing there was no obligation to enter the PTC tournaments.
In a statement, World Snooker said: “We have a responsibility to provide events for all 99 players on the main tour and the PTC events offer playing opportunities for them.
“Players have the choice whether to enter each event. The top prize at each PTC may only be £10,000, but the top 24 at the end of the series go through to the Grand Final, when the top prize is £70,000.
“Two seasons ago there were only seven or eight events on the main tour calendar; now there are nearly 30 and total prize money has virtually doubled.”