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The Big Ronnie O’Sullivan Interview – Part One

While here at Pro Snooker Blog I like to turn the spotlight on the players who do not get so much attention in the mainstream media, there can be no doubt that five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan remains to many snooker fans across the world, the most popular player in the game.

Indeed, while snooker has a number of great players, who are shining stars in the sport, Ronnie is one of the few who transcends snooker, known by many who do not even follow the sport. Perhaps the only player these days capable of appearing on the front page of the national press, as well as the back, he is no stranger to grabbing the headlines, whether he wants to or not.

But for all of the many hundred, even thousands of articles that I have read about Ronnie over the years, there are still so many questions that to me as a snooker fan have gone unanswered. We have all heard about the ‘controversial’ moments, but what about the other stories?

Last week during the UK Championship, I was lucky enough to be able to be able to spend an hour with Ronnie and ask him some of those questions.

Click below then, to read part one of my interview with Ronnie O’Sullivan, as he tells us about his form at present, his approach to scheduling, how the tour compares now to his early days as an up and coming professional and are his best memories from his snooker career so far.

I hope that you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed putting it together…

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PSB Interview: Joe Johnson Special

This weekend sees the World Seniors Championship return to Portsmouth for a second successive year, as notably seven-times world champion Stephen Hendry will make his début in the competition.

Awaiting him in the first round will be 1986 Crucible king, turned Eurosport commentator Joe Johnson, a man who was instrumental in the return of seniors snooker to the big stage back in 2010 and was kind enough to take time out to speak to PSB ahead of this year’s tournament.

Click below to read Joe’s thoughts on the tournament, as well as his memories of his early days, his Crucible triumph and his thoughts on the game’s current stars…

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PSB Interview: Wilson Targets Top 64

A semi-finalist at the recent ET2 event in Rotterdam, Wallsend’s Gary Wilson is hoping that result will just be the beginning for him, as he looks to establish himself on the main tour following his return to the professional ranks this season.

I caught up with Gary earlier this week to chat about his journey back onto the main tour, following a seven-year absence, the challenges that he faces, his ambitions for the season ahead, and much, much more…

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The Big Jason Ferguson Interview – Part One

While Barry Hearn as the chairman of World Snooker is the man responsible for commercial side of professional snooker, the man at the head of the sport’s regulatory body, the WPBSA, is former world number 28 Jason Ferguson, who since his re-election to the board as chairman in July 2010, has overseen a period of unprecedented change in professional snooker.

Three years on, I sat down with Jason this week at the Crucible to discuss a number of subjects, including flat draws, money based ranking lists, the Crucible, burn out, snooker in schools, the amateur game, wildcards, and much, much more.

Click below for the first of two parts…

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