Ronnie O’Sullivan reckons he’s ‘off his head’ to be playing in Championship League Snooker, ahead of his second group stage matches in Milton Keynes.
The Rocket stormed through his first group on Friday, winning all nine frames of his three matches and looking like his months away from the baize has done nothing to harm his game.
Players must arrive at the venue a day before they play, get a COVID-19 test and then isolate until the next morning as they await the results, before hopefully getting a negative result and playing.
The Rocket is especially not impressed with the food at the Marshall Arena, which he reckons is worse than prison.
‘Got to be off me head coming here, haven’t I? I’ve been sat in my room for 24 hours,’ O’Sullivan told Eurosport.
‘I done 16 hours in a cell once, and it was better cause I got to choose my own food. But listen it gets you out of the house, but I’ve enjoyed being at home. It’s good fun.
‘I played the semi-finals of the Welsh Open, and a couple of exhibitions, but other than that I’ve only played for four or five hours. Just shows you that you maybe don’t need the practice.’
The Rocket plays Stuart Bingham, Harvey Chandler and Sam Craigie in his second group stage on Tuesday and if he gets through that challenge will play in the final group on Wednesday.
The winner will walk away with £30,000, but Ronnie may not be playing many more events while these strict health and safety procedures are in place.
‘If every tournament was to be like this then I am not sure I would be able to do it,’ O’Sullivan said after his first group.
‘I have struggled. I was in the room for 24 hours so I have had a bit of a headache and started to get a bit of a cough and can’t even get the window open.
‘You want to be in good health at the moment so this bubble is not ideal. If the facilities do [improve] and if you have to stay on site at the hotel and [are able to] use the gym, then it would be better.
‘At the moment there is none of that so it is tough. I like my own company but it is tough being cooped up. It is not easy for me, I must admit.
‘It is just about having the freedom to go out for a walk, get a bit of fresh air and a coffee.’
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