Ronnie O’Sullivan lamented the dearth of character amongst present snooker stars and mentioned a few of them look ‘lifeless’ whereas taking part in.
O’Sullivan has been the charismatic face of the game for some and has been an outspoken critic for a while.
The 45-year-old is the reigning world champion and has beforehand mentioned he’d want “to lose an arm and a leg to fall out of the highest 50”.
The Rocket, who’s on the shortlist for BBC Sports activities Persona of the 12 months, mentioned the present crop of gamers want extra character.
O’Sullivan mentioned: “Each sport wants characters. You have a look at athletics, you have a look at Usain Bolt, an enormous character, an enormous character.
“In tennis, it’s Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who convey their very own stuff. In snooker, there ain’t plenty of character there.
“It could be nice for them to only come out and provides it slightly bit.
“I don’t imply be flash or smug however simply play with a little bit of character, play the sport, categorical your self, seem like you’re having fun with it.
“Don’t seem like it’s a pint of blood or standing there and the world is in your shoulders.
“Go on the market and let it rip. Give it a go. Smash it up. I’m doing that inside. It’s a must to tone it down a bit. However I’m nonetheless taking part in with character.
“I have a look at a few of these different gamers and they’re like lifeless. You want kick up the bum. Liven your self up.”
O’Sullivan additionally blamed Steve Davis for ruining the sport within the 1980s together with his robotic type of play.
It was not a slight on his character exterior of the sport and Davis has really lived an fascinating life exterior the sport.
He has discovered a brand new profession as a DJ and carried out at Glastonbury Competition, he was beforehand the president of the British Chess Federation and is a lifelong Charlton fan.
O’Sullivan mentioned: “Steve Davis ruined the sport within the ’80s.
“Everyone else performed and had amusing, a joke and had a character. Davis got here alongside and he was like a robotic.
“As an individual, he has character however on the desk it was impassive, sipping his water, not speaking. That turned the brand new snooker participant.
“All of us turned like Steve Davis clones.
“However snooker within the ’80s was buzzing. You had Terry Griffiths together with his little coiffure, Willie Thorne together with his little moustache, huge Invoice Werbeniuk.
“You had so many characters and folks may relate to them. Now there are none.
“All the snooker gamers are good folks once you communicate to them off the desk. However on the desk, you suppose: ‘Mate, give me one thing.’ They don’t have any vitality.
“I’m positive there’s some ardour in there someplace. However they don’t play with sufficient of it.”