Ronnie O’Sullivan’s lapse of form

Ronnie O’Sullivan faced a shock exit in the first round of the snooker World Grand Prix to the hands of Marco Fu.

The defending champion O’Sullivan lost his match by four frames to two, which begs the question, is this the beginning of the end for The Rocket?

The world number three claimed his record-breaking seventh UK Championship title at the back end of the 2017-2018 snooker season.

The Englishman also lost to fellow English snooker player Judd Trump in the Masters earlier on this year to raise the pressure on O’Sullivan.

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Trump claimed a landslide victory defeating his rival by 10 frames to four to win his first Masters title.

O’Sullivan is considered one of the greatest players in the history of snooker with five World Championships seven masters titles and seven UK championships under his belt.

The 43 year-old said at the end of last year: “once the wins dry up you won’t be seeing me around”

These comments came before the world number three’s UK Championship match against the 49 year-old Ken Doherty which he narrowly won 6-5.

O’Sullivan will return to action in the Welsh Open in a weeks time which he has won four times, his most recent triumph coming in 2016.

From the fans point of view, O’Sullivan will continue to compete for further titles and has promised fans if he continues performing he will “play until 50.

“Unless some really good players come through the ranks, i could maybe go until 55, so who knows.”

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The 43 year-old has also revealed he’s interested in taking up kart racing or skiing when his involvement at the Masters comes to an end.

Retirement ages of previous snooker players

Stephen Hendry – 43 years-old

Steve Davis – 58 years-old

Dennis Taylor – 58 years-old