Snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan is a man of strongly-held opinions – and he has a definite view on York.
He’s very much in favour!
Speaking after winning through to the last 16 of the UK Championship at the Barbican, O’Sullivan said he didn’t really want to be playing the game – but he did want to stay as long as possible in our city.
“I feel flat, I’ll be honest with you,” he told BBC Two.
“I don’t really want to play snooker at the moment, I don’t play much snooker. I just listen to my body, listen to my mind and just go out there and treat it like a practice.
“One thing I am doing is applying myself mentally. Whether I play good or bad, I don’t really care and I will always apply myself well while I am out there, but I don’t feel buzzed up at the moment. I suppose that is normal.
“I am just here enjoying York – it is such a lovely place. I am going to be here for the duration, no matter what. I just like it here, you know.”
The 46-year-old looked in good form with a 6-2 win over Matthew Stevens, hitting two century breaks to take a step towards claiming a record eighth title.