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Ronnie O'Sullivan Was 'All Over The Gaffe' Before English Open Match

Ronnie O'Sullivan Was 'All Over The Gaffe' Before English Open Match

Ronnie O'Sullivan said he felt a bit nervous early in his last-64 game against Michael Georgiou at the English Open on Wednesday.

The world number three's usual pre-match routine had been disrupted as he arrived late to the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. O'Sullivan - who had been across the road with friends having a meal - went a frame down to Georgiou before coming back to win 4-1.

"I turned up with seven minutes to go," explained O'Sullivan.

"I was still in my jeans and trainers.

"I got my gear on. I was all over the gaffe. I should be meditating 20 minutes ago but I wasn’t.

"I knew I would be like a rabbit in the headlights. So, I tried to stay in the match for as long as I could settle.

"I was over in the kebab shop with my friends, having a good time, putting the world to rights and thought 'I better go now' as the previous match had finished.

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"I’d rather be late for the match in fact and miss the first frame. I’d rather be 1-0 down in a good place than 0-0 and thinking I want to smash my cue into a 100 pieces and go home.

"Ah, I got to finish the kebab and had the baklava, too. It was a long lunch. You don’t want too much of the baklava due to the sugar factor, but I have earned it. I have been training hard."

O'Sullivan faces Anthony Hamilton in the last-32 of the tournament.

Ronnie O'Sullivan final frame vs Michael Georgiou at English Open

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