Ronnie O’Sullivan’s sudden departure from the Maplin UK Championship was either the result of petulance or the onset of depression, depending on who you ask.
One thing is for certain: the crowd, who paid £24 a head to watch his quarter-final against Stephen Hendry, were short changed.
O’Sullivan was trailing 4-1 but leading 24-0 in the sixth frame when he missed a red and conceded the match.
I don’t know what was wrong with him. I suspect the pressure Hendry was applying, mixed with a seriously bad mood, saw him throw in the towel.
It was unprofessional and disciplinary action may well be taken.
I just think it’s a shame that Ronnie can’t beat his personal demons with the effortless ease in which he dismisses his opponents.