RONNIE O’SULLIVAN has had an extreme shaved haircut after his careless first-round display against James Cahill.
The world No 1 was below-par as he fell 5-4 behind to amateur James Cahill on Easter Monday at the Betfred World Snooker Championships.
Enigmatic Rocket decided overnight to get his woolly locks shaved off and go with a severe military-style look before heading to battle.
It was a drastic measure from the five-time world snooker champion as he attempts to avoid a first-round exit at the Crucible for the first time since 2003.
The 43-year-old started the match against Cahill as the 50-1 On favourite to progress into the Last 16.
The Essex potter is the world championship favourite having returned to the top of the snooker rankings following five tournament victories this season.
Blackpool's Cahill, 23, is the former nephew of seven-time world snooker champion Stephen Hendry, whose record O’Sullivan is trying to emulate or even eclipse before retirement.
By trimming his hatch, O’Sullivan brought back memories of Jose Mourinho who often had super-short “ready for war” haircuts when he was in charge of Chelsea and Manchester United.
Legends Steve Davis and Hendry slammed O'Suillivan for his careless and casual approach during the first session against Cahill, accusing him of playing "exhibition snooker" at times and looking as if he didn't want to be there.
Davis said: “Ronnie doesn’t look comfortable, doesn’t seem to be himself, playing with an air of casualness.
“Ronnie is all over the place, playing as if he doesn’t want to be out there. It cannot be the case.
“I’d suggest his average shot, 15 seconds, is maybe too fast by a couple of seconds. He is playing with an air of casualness around the table.
“Ronnie is certainly not enjoying his day. It’s probably the worst session of snooker he’s played this season.”
Source: Read Full Article