RONNIE O’SULLIVAN is planning to hold on entertaining — similar to Bruce Forsyth did.
The Rocket, 43, received a document 19th snooker main on Sunday when he lifted his seventh UK Championship crown.
Greater than 25 years after turning skilled, O’Sullivan stays the largest draw within the sport and its most enjoyable participant.
And he’s impressed to keeeeeep potting by legendary showman and Strictly Come Dancing host Brucie, who died in August.
O’Sullivan, who beat Mark Allen 10-6 within the closing in York, stated: “I’m enjoying now for the followers.
“After I get to the purpose the place I can’t give them sufficient to smile about, that’s most likely time to complete.
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“Bruce Forsyth was an entertainer — Tommy Cooper was, too. People just like to be entertained.
“That is what I do and I owe it to the people. I’ve a special rapport with the fans. I’m the people’s player.
“I understand that. I get that. They go through it with me. When I get victories, they feel how I feel. As long as I’m healthy and fit, I have another ten years of entertaining.”
Despite being the ultimate entertainer, O’Sullivan has been routinely snubbed at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.
This year’s show is on Sunday — but Ronnie is not holding his breath over a late call.
The Essex potter said: “I should have a chance. Maybe this UK Championship win should put me in the mix.
“I’ve not been in the top ten yet, which would have been nice.
“But I don’t expect to win it because snooker isn’t classed as a top sport. If you ask Roger Federer, ‘Do you know Ronnie O’Sullivan?’ he’ll probably say, ‘Who the hell is that?’
“I’m in a sport which isn’t a global, blue-riband, major sport. If I was in Formula One then I’d be a superstar.
“If you were to sit down with a purist looking at all the sports, myself and Stephen Hendry would have to be considered.
“They would probably mention us alongside Phil Taylor, Tiger Woods, Lionel Messi and people like that.”
O’Sullivan is certainly calmer now than in his early career.
In recent years, working with sports psychologists he has changed his mindset and diet — and says he is in a much better place.
O’Sullivan said: “I thought I was done with snooker at 35. I was having a bad time on and off the table. I resigned myself that that was the end for me. Steve Davis and Hendry had both gone off the boil by that stage.
“And I thought it was the trend for a snooker player.
“Sport’s become an old man’s game now.
“Look at tennis. You have Federer, look at golf and you have Tiger Woods. In darts, Phil Taylor went on for ever.
“You look at a lot of old people now — and a wise head can count for a lot in the heat of battle.
“You have to reinvent yourself and I’ve had to do that a few times. Over the past 18 months or two years, I’ve started winning again.
“I’ve refocused and I’m living the life of a snooker player again — and that’s what’s got me back to being a competitor.
“I took my eye of the ball but I’m a contender again.”