Billiards | Ronnie O’Sullivan | Hong Kong Masters | World Mixed Doubles
Ronnie O’Sullivan admits he needs to carefully manage his tennis elbow injury in the coming days ahead of scheduled tournament appearances.
The Rocket has been suffering from the condition of his right arm for many months and it flared up badly after his record seventh world title success at the Crucible in May.
This troubled him throughout the summer, forcing the 46-year-old to withdraw from the European Masters event in Germany.
O’Sullivan is looking forward to playing in the relaunched Hong Kong Masters in October – a prestigious and lucrative invitational event in front of huge crowds of up to 5,000.
But before that, he’s entered into the new world mixed doubles later this month with record-breaking 12-time women’s world champion Reanne Evans – then the British Open in Milton Keynes.
O’Sullivan has yet to withdraw from those tournaments for medical reasons, raising hopes he will play in both – and he insists he would rather arrive in Hong Kong in one match.
O’Sullivan said: “I just need to get as much rest as possible which means no gym as usual and no sport involving my arm.
“Some days it feels like it’s better and other days it feels like it’s not, but over six months to a year, hopefully everything will be fine.
“I do everything I can to speed up the healing process, but with some things you just can’t, you just have to follow nature.
“It’s repetitive strain injury to do the same thing with your arm playing the shots. It’s the same for tennis players and golfers. It has nothing to do with those sports as such, it’s is just the name given to them.
“It has to heal. I had managed it for 10 months and it was going until the end of May, then I hit the gym and went a little banana.
“I played a few exhibitions and made the Championship League at the start of this season, but it was getting so painful that I couldn’t play power shots, which is not good for the competition.
“I still hope to play mixed doubles and also the British Open. For me, Hong Kong is the most important tournament on the calendar, it’s a big event.
“But obviously, ideally, I’d like a tune-up before I get there and after the mixed doubles we’re in the Brits. It will give me something to train with and I hope to play there.
“I had pain before, but it was manageable, then I just overdid it. As I get older, I just have to get smarter and realize that I can’t do what I used to anymore. , but I have very good people who take care of it.
“And it wasn’t terrible!” I had a few good holidays and enjoyed the free time. This season, I will just play what I can.
The World Mixed Doubles in Milton Keynes will feature in addition to the O’Sullivan/Evans couple the teams of Neil Robertson and reigning World Champion Mink Nutcharut, Mark Selby and Rebecca Kenna, and Judd Trump and the three-time champion of the female world Ng On- Yeah.
The tournament, which will take place over two days at the Marshall Arena, will initially see a round-robin group played in best-of-four matches. And the teams finishing in the first two places will play the final on the evening of September 25.
O’Sullivan and Evans are good friends having regularly played and traveled together on the Legends Tour.
And then, at the British Open ladder event from September 26 at the same venue, assuming he is fit to participate, the Rocket was drawn to face Switzerland’s Alexander Ursenbacher in the postponed first round of qualifications instead.
The British Open was relaunched last year after a 17-year hiatus – and played at Morningside Arena in Leicester was won by Wales’ Mark Williams.
After that, only the top six ranked players in the world at the end of the World Championships will head to Hong Kong where they will be joined by On-Yee and local male hero Marco Fu in an elite eight-man draw. players.
Robertson, Selby, Trump, John Higgins and Zhao make up the peloton. Kyren Wilson is the unlucky man who missed out on breaking into the top six from Sheffield.