Neil Robertson believes snooker is in a position for its identical of a Tiger Woods comeback as Ronnie O’Sullivan prepares to make his long-awaited go back to motion.
When Woods took day out of golfing to care for off-course private issues, following his infidelities and the breakdown of his marriage to Elin Nordegren in past due 2009, all the point of interest used to be upon him when he returned virtually six months later for the Masters.
Woods has had an unlucky collection of lay-offs, and each and every time he springs again to event festival the highlight falls on him, and remains there.
It is going to be a equivalent tale for O’Sullivan when he selections up his cue for snooker’s personal Masters, at Alexandra Palace in January, returning to motion after virtually 9 months away at a event he has gained 5 occasions.
O’Sullivan ultimate performed a aggressive fit on the Global Championship in April, dropping to eventual winner Stuart Bingham within the quarter-finals. He has cited elements together with insomnia for his absence, and has been maximum lately running as a Eurosport pundit.
He didn’t shield both his Champion of Champions trophy, or the United Kingdom Championship, either one of which Robertson landed to say prize-money of just about £300,000 inside of a month.
Now Robertson, who clinched the United Kingdom name in York on Sunday night, fancies including the Masters name to his rising haul.
However 40-year-old O’Sullivan’s comeback provides an additional frisson.
“In fact I’m going to welcome him again,” stated Robertson. “I have all the time loved enjoying him and I have were given a horny respectable report towards him as smartly.
“However coming again to the Masters, that is his tournament – everybody pals the Masters with Ronnie O’Sullivan. I feel the gamers did actually smartly in York and performed some superb snooker in Ronnie’s absence, however clearly he’s going to be the speaking level when he comes again, very similar to Tiger Woods in golfing a few years in the past.
“The sport is indisputably at an advantage with him in it, however there is a large number of nice gamers coming thru and a large number of just right characters like Liang Wenbo.”
Robertson defeated Liang 10-Five on the York Barbican Centre, making an early 147 most damage as he earned the second one maximum prestigious rating name within the game, at the back of most effective the Global Championship.
The 33-year-old Australian would dearly like to make it 3 primary triumphs in a row, and he has set himself the objective of shooting now not handiest the Masters but in addition Crucible glory to succeed in the uncommon feat of a single-season Triple Crown.
The 3 tournaments are the largest in snooker, and Robertson needs to practice within the footsteps of Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Mark Williams through snatching the hat-trick. He’s going to take on Marco Fu in his opener on the Masters, which runs from January 10 to 17, whilst O’Sullivan launches the most recent leg of his profession towards Mark Williams.
“The Masters is firmly in my attractions now,” Robertson stated. “I have were given to the general at Best friend Pally in 3 of the previous 4 years. I actually love the venue and enjoying there and it is a event that brings the most productive out of me.
“As soon as you’ve got gained the United Kingdom, you are clearly on for looking to win the 3 Triple Crown titles in a single season. It is a shockingly tricky objective however it is person who I’ve to take a look at to set myself now.”
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