Ronnie O’Sullivan has opened up on his emotional embrace with Judd Trump after he clinched a record-equalling seventh World Championship title.
The 46-year-old pulled stage with Stephen Hendry’s Crucible crowns after holding off Trump’s stirring comeback to seal an 18-13 victory.
O’Sullivan then confirmed a stage of emotion that has hardly ever been seen all through his legendary profession as he sobbed in his crushed opponent’s arms.
Ronnie O’Sullivan clinched the World Championship with a victory over Judd Trump
The now seven-time world champion sobbed into Trump’s arms within the aftermath of the competition
An emotional O’Sullivan revealed one thing his crushed opponent stated ‘blew him away’
‘I used to be so emotional. To recover from the road, I simply thought it could by no means occur,’ he advised Eurosport.
‘I gave him an enormous hug and I used to be simply sobbing in his arms. And he stated such pretty phrases.
‘What he stated to me blew me away to be sincere. It simply blew me away. I really like Judd. I really like him, he’s an incredible lad, and I didn’t realise what he considered me till then.
‘I used to be like totally different respect there, you understand. I didn’t realise how he sees me and the way I’ve been a part of his growth.
‘It’s nice for snooker that we’ve acquired somebody like Judd, taking part in the way in which he performs. There’s a pair extra coming by way of [Zhao] Xintong, it’s going to be sensible.
‘I used to be proud to share the stage, that’s my greatest outcome ever I feel. What he stated Judd, it simply carried out me in.’
A nonetheless emotional O’Sullivan then needed to wipe away extra tears as he was giving the interview during which he determined to not reveal precisely what Trump stated to him.
Many anticipated that he would win his first World Championship since 2020, after crusing right into a 12-5 lead throughout Sunday’s session.
Trump narrowed the deficit to 14-11 after successful six of the opening eight frames, just for the present world primary to tug away and turn out to be the oldest world champion in Crucible historical past.
O’Sullivan needed to wipe away tears when speaking to Eurosport about his second with Trump
Requested about emulating Hendry’s file which was set in 1999, O’Sullivan advised BBC Sport: ‘We are able to share it for a yr. I attempted to be as relaxed as I might, however that’s most likely the best outcome I’ve had towards any person like Judd.
‘I’ve by no means bothered about information. Whenever you get them, it is type of good. I haven’t got targets. I’ve liked each match this yr, I’ve simply liked taking part in.
‘I wish to win, nevertheless it’s not the be-all and end-all. The Crucible brings out the worst in me. It is most likely not the most effective concept however we’ll most likely go once more subsequent yr.’
O’Sullivan was criticised earlier within the match after making a lewd gesture after lacking a black off its spot in thirteenth body in a 10-5 win over David Gilbert.
He confirmed his frustrations once more within the first session of the ultimate on Sunday.
After asking a safety guard to maneuver out of his eyeline, O’Sullivan was 5-2 up and cruising. With the ultimate body of the session within the stability, O’Sullivan did not get out of a snooker and returned to his seat.
Trump received six of the primary eight frames in Monday’s session however could not full a comeback
O’Sullivan turned the oldest particular person to win the World Championship on the age of 46
Referee Olivier Marteel adopted and accused him of creating a gesture.
Pointing on the referee, O’Sullivan replied: ‘Inform me, inform me, what did you see? You inform me what you noticed. You noticed nothing. Go have a look at the digital camera. You noticed nothing. Do not begin.’
Marteel approached Trump, who advised him he ought to have waited till after the body to take care of the matter.
After leaving the world with out the customary handshake with the official, he spoke to Eurosport from his dressing room.
‘He simply appears to be in search of bother, I simply get a vibe from the man,’ he stated. ‘They have tons of of cameras on the market — they will go and examine all of them. He is attempting to say… I am going to let the ref discuss to you as a result of I feel he is attempting to create one thing. He must take care of it, not me.’