> I lose my stroke after a week without playing. I imagine a year off
> will take the edge off Ronnie's game.
He has been referred to on many occasions as "the most naturally talented snooker player in the world". If anyone could pick it up after a year out then it's definitely him.
It will be a shame if he packs it in. I was hoping he would do for the sport what Steve Davis did in the 80's and Stephen Hendry did in the 90's.
Maybe there won't be one dominant player this decade. We're already half way through it and it doesn't seem like anyone is going to take that spot. Two years ago, it looked like Mark Williams would be the one to do it, then he faded dreadfully for a season and has only started to show his true form again this year. Ronnie looked promising after taking the game to the next level at last year's World Championship, but he doesn't seem to have the taste or motivation for the game any more.
He has enough points over this season to miss next and still stay top 16, he's then start the following season provisionally in the top 16 and automatically qualified but with no ranking points.
They're calculated on the last 2 years, right? So after 1 year back, he'd have the points from that year, and nothing from the year out.
I lose my stroke after a week without playing. I imagine a year off will take the edge off Ronnie's game.
(Mind you, I am crap anyway)
That said, if he goes, I'm far from convinced that he'll ever return.
And to be honest, if he's happy away from the game, and assuming he's financially sorted for life, I get the impression he'd be happier that way.
I've only heard bits pieces from his autobiography (though planning to get it when I have less academic work on), and the obvious TV bits, but that's definitely the impression that I get.
It'd be a real shame never to see him play again, but he's got to do what's right for him.
Mind you, I know an ex snooker pro whose now playing English pool while running a business, and is very happy. Maybe that kind of middle road would suit him, where he doesn't have to take things so seriously.
> Unless Ronnie goes through with his year out, in which case I assume
> he gets back in.
Nope i dont think so, anyone who gets drawn against Ronnie would just get a bye and he can take a year out and still stay top 16 because he's been so dominant this season.
> I'm interested in how they are going to work Murphy into every
> ranking tournament next season, even though he isn't in the top 16,
> because the top 16 always enter the tournament at the 'televised'
> stages (last 32). I assume Murphy will have to play a top 16 player
> in every tournament. He'll have to play well if that's the case.
In each tournament, last year's winner gets the #1 seed, last year's world champion gets the #2 seed.
Which means after a tremendous effort to get to the semi finals and top 16 (automatic qualification for all next year's events), McCullouch is bumped out to the 17th seed, and will have to qualify again ¦^)
Unless Ronnie goes through with his year out, in which case I assume he gets back in.
"You're bound to have at least one bad session".
A longer match gives a player the chance to get back on track if they played poorly in the early part of the match.
Oh GP, I really hope not :/
Well, he's well on his way. Another 4 finals to go. :)
I'm interested in how they are going to work Murphy into every ranking tournament next season, even though he isn't in the top 16, because the top 16 always enter the tournament at the 'televised' stages (last 32). I assume Murphy will have to play a top 16 player in every tournament. He'll have to play well if that's the case.