Ronnie O'Sullivan says he had more chance of 'winning the lottery' than Home Nations bonus after shock Northern Ireland Open exit
Ronnie O'Sullivan has been knocked out of the Northern Ireland Open by the world number 82, but doesn't seem too perturbed.
Elliot Slessor earned a 4-1 surprise win over the Rocket at the Waterfront Hall on Thursday afternoon. He had already won the Dafabet English Open and would have been in line for a £1million prize fund if he had won all four Home Nations tournaments.
“I am so happy the chance of the £1million is gone, all the silly headlines, it was ridiculous. I went along with it, but you have more chance of winning the lottery," said O'Sullivan.
“Elliot played really well and handled the situation well. He potted some good balls, and was solid and sometime solid is good enough.
"I am a bit fed up with playing, all the travelling and going from one hotel to another, one country to another. It’s greed really, and I’m not greedy, and haven’t done my training camps."
After his second round victory over Duane Jones, O'Sullivan had said that he preferred the Northern Ireland Open's 2016 venue at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, claiming that this year's crowd was 'flat'.
"There's a decent crowd out here. The atmosphere's not brilliant, I must admit last year's venue had a much better atmosphere, I preferred that venue," he said.
"Obviously, this is a bit more plush but as snooker players sometimes you enjoy that gritty type venue that creates a better atmosphere. I'd rather have a better atmosphere but the venue's falling apart. It's very flat out there today so it's difficult to get going."
Antrim man Mark Allen fell to a 4-3 defeat to China's Tian Penfei in the second round while defending champion Mark King is also out, losing 4-1 to Yan Bingtao.
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