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Ronnie O'Sullivan Aims Another Subtle Dig At Younger Players With Wilson Compliment

Ronnie O'Sullivan Aims Another Subtle Dig At Younger Players With Wilson Compliment

Ronnie O'Sullivan is on the brink of a sixth World Championship, needing only one more frame from this evening's session against Kyren Wilson to secure the trophy.

The 44-year old hasn't been world champion since 2013, despite his feelings that the younger generation of snooker players coming through at the minute are not all that talented.

He doesn't count his current opponent amongst that group. Despite leading the match with relative ease up to this point, O'Sullivan is a big fan of Kyren Wilson.

Speaking to Eurosport, he said Wilson isn't like many of the 'iPhone players' in the sport at the moment.

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He is what I call a proper snooker player.

He has taken some defeats hard but you know he was always learning from them. He wasn’t coming away broken, he was coming away thinking how do I become a better player. A bit like me reading the Joe Davis book.

He works very hard with his coach Barry Stark and they are always on the table. That shows he is in the sport for the right reasons and wants to win titles and 100 per cent he will.

He is a proper player and there aren’t that many about. A lot of the young players coming through are ‘iPhone players’.

They are always playing games on their phones, but Kyren is one of the players who puts their phone away and it’s a job and a business and he is serious about what he is doing.

The admiration O'Sullivan holds for Wilson differs from the relationship he shares with Mark Selby, who accused 'The Rocket' of acting in a disrespectful manner during their semi-final meeting.

SEE ALSO: Watch: Mark Selby Wasn't Happy With O'Sullivan's Behaviour In Semi-Final Loss

Gary Connaughton

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