Seven-time world champion says he was asked to consider future.
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Seven-time world champion says he was asked to consider future.

An open letter from snooker’s governing body has prompted seven-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan to take a closer look at his future in the sport.

Earlier this season, O’Sullivan, 47, publicly criticized the World Snooker Tour over its decision to allow five players to compete in an exhibition event in Macau.

“I think I’ve contributed a lot to this game. I would expect someone to say, “you know what, we love what you do.”.

‘I never get a ‘well done’ letter. All I get is letters saying I’ve done wrong. I haven’t spoken to anyone at World Snooker in ten years and I won’t contact them again because I know the culture isn’t for me.’

The event in Macau, a special administrative region of China, was moved to December, with the permission of the World Squash Tournament, so disciplinary action was avoided against Luca Brecel, John Higgins and Ali Carter.

O’Sullivan, the current world number one, sided with the players in October’s dispute with the WST.

Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen said he was looking forward to a “peaceful resolution” to contract issues when he and other players met with snooker bosses at the UK Championship.

For stars such as O’Sullivan, who attract large crowds whenever they play, special events in East Asia offer a lucrative proposition, and he believes that contracts on the main professional tour should offer more flexibility in order to accommodate such events.