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Anxiety disorder keeps Ronnie O’Sullivan out of Welsh Open snooker: “Try to deal with it as best as possible”

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Ronnie O’Sullivan has withdrawn from the Welsh Open snooker tournament scheduled for next week in Llandudno. The number 1 in the world announced on Saturday via ‘X’ that he feels bad about himself due to an anxiety disorder that has been bothering him for some time.

“It’s hard to explain, but for several years now I have struggled with stage fright at times, which is caused by an anxiety disorder,” O’Sullivan explains. “It’s not something I can predict or control. But I try to deal with it as best I can.”

At 48, O’Sullivan is having a top season. “The Rocket” won the UK Championship, the Masters and the World Grand Prix, among others. “I’m sorry for everyone who bought tickets, but I can’t get my cue out when I feel like this,” the Englishman continues. “I am convinced that this is the best thing for me at this time.” O’Sullivan will be present at the tournament as a co-commentator for Eurosport.

The Welsh Open is not the first tournament that O’Sullivan has to forfeit. He has already missed seven ranking events this season. For example, last month the seven-time world champion decided at the last minute to withdraw from the German Masters “because he wanted to focus on his health and well-being”.

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