Ronnie O’Sullivan given unusual gift by Saudi chief after title win over Luca Brecel | Other | Sport

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Ronnie O’Sullivan given unusual gift by Saudi chief after title win over Luca Brecel | Other | Sport

Ronnie O’Sullivan was given an unusual gift after he won the inaugural World Masters of Snooker title in Saudi Arabia. The Rocket beat reigning world champion Luca Brecel 5-2 in the final on Wednesday night.

His Excellency Turki Al-Sheikh, who chairs his country’s General Entertainment Authority, delivered a speech after the trophy presentation. He started by declaring that the bonus for potting the golden ball would double to £800,000 next year because no player managed a 167 break.

He then added a reward on top of O’Sullivan’s £250,000 prize money – a snooker academy in his name based in Riyadh.

« Today in this competition nobody had the golden ball. For the next competition, we will double it for $1million, » Turki Al-Sheikh said.

« And secondly, in Saudi Arabia we are honoured with Ronnie O’Sullivan to have an academy by his name. »

O’Sullivan requested that the new Saudi event be given a 10-year contract in his winner’s speech after his pocket was lined with gold.

“It’s been a fantastic tournament and a brilliant venue, » O’Sullivan said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve come to the Middle East, 1994. It’s been far too long. The culture here is fantastic. We are so grateful for this fantastic tournament.

“These are the tournaments you really want to play in. One table, great crowd, great atmosphere. The music was there between frames. It was like a rave. It was like going back 25 years to when I was young. It just feels like a really nice festival. Riyadh Season for sport, you’ve got the boxing at the weekend at F1, it’s great.

“You want to make the sport as big as you can make it. Saudi is a powerhouse, if anyone can inject something into snooker it will be the guys who put this event on this week.”

Cet article est apparu en premier en ANGLAIS sur https://www.express.co.uk/sport/othersport/1874571/Ronnie-O-Sullivan-Luca-Brecel


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