'Couldn't get fired up' – Ronnie O'Sullivan bizarrely blames MASSAGE for being too relaxed at snooker World Grand Prix

RONNIE O’SULLIVAN blamed a Tibetan head massage for being too relaxed in his World Grand Prix opener.

A misfiring Rocket, 46, was still too good for World No 77 Andy Hicks and stuttered to a 4-1 victory in Coventry.

The six-time world champ said: “I have stayed in a really nice place the last two or three days – Champneys spa in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

“I have been spa-ing it up because I felt like I needed a bit of pampering.

"I had my feet done, that was really nice, some facials.

“I had something called a Tibetan head massage, that was great.

"I felt so relaxed out there, I was telling myself, ‘Come on man, get fired up,’ but I just didn’t have it in me.”

O'Sullivan's latest remarks come just three weeks after he slammed fellow snooker pro Shaun Murphy for moaning about amateurs playing in the UK Championship.

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Murphy lost in the first round of the tournament, going down 6-5 to Chinese part-timer Si Jiahui.

And when Murphy then came out to slate the decision to allow amateurs into the competition, O'Sullivan said: “Honestly, I hope it gets worse for them. This has only started. They better start looking for a job if they don’t like it.

“That’s what I’m saying to Murphy, ‘Go get a job. Do something else. Play snooker for fun. You’ll have loads more of that. Just get your head round it — you have choices’.


“I hope Shaun gets over it. He has just got to get on with it.

“You’ll never hear me talk like that. Snooker is a hobby. When it means something to you, it can hurt.

“For me, I can drive my car wherever I want and I like the direction it is going.”

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