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On the referee’s get-go; The cue-ball travels south at-pace. The compact red-triangle, shudders on impact. With chalk-cube and cue in hand; he surveys the wreckage. Gently dusting the green-blaize, his dark eyes seek-out the camera.

Opportunity (most certainly), knocks.

For the 45th consecutive year; the iconic Crucible Theatre Sheffield, plays host to the World Professional Snooker Championships (17 April – 3 May).

Defending Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan will attempt to create history (in the sports most prestigious event); by capturing a seventh World Title.

If successful; the popular Londoner would equal the long-standing record of South Queensferry-born cueist Stephen Hendry; who reigned supreme throughout the 1990’s.

Hendry, who recently made a much-publicised return to the circuit, last held the World Crown in 1999.

The Tournaments unique format, affords O’Sullivan (generally recognised as the most naturally gifted player of all-time); an opportunity to showcase his full repertoire of break-building and safety acumen.

That said; The ‘Rocket’, has made no secret of his disenchantment with the (quantity over quality), direction he believes the sport is traversing, under the stewardship of impresario Barry Hearn.

Not-for-nothing do Hearns detractors opine – ‘that the H in his Surname, remains silent’.

This years renewal signals the 20th Anniversary of O’Sullivan’s breakthrough Championship success; an 18-14 victory over friend and rival John Higgins.

In defeating Kyren Wilson in last years Final (18-8), Ronnie became the oldest winner of the event since Ray Reardon, back in 1978.

As in previous years; his path to glory is beset with potential pitfalls, with the promising Anthony McGill. A potential Second Round opponent.

A trio of Former World Champions; Mark Selby, Mark Williams and the aforementioned Higgins, also feature in his half of the Draw. Meanwhile, the formidable Judd Trump, and Yan Bingtao, attract market interest.

The partial relaxation of covid restrictions; offers the prospect of interactive vocal support, adding weight to the notion that O’Sullivan’s undeniable charisma, will mesmerise viewers and opponents alike.

Its over to you referee.

 

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Born in 1963, Peter attended St Mary's Leith High School. Peter worked within the plumbing industry before studying a degree in journalism within the University of Stirling. Peter has been a lifelong sports fan and has volunteered within the Edinburgh Soccer School's programme on numerous occasions.

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