Ronnie O’Sullivan says playing in this year’s World Championship with an empty crowd at the Crucible Theatre will feel “bizarre” and says snooker bosses might be “better off” hosting it elsewhere.
The five-times world champion revealed his thoughts on the upcoming tournament during an Instragram Live chat with fellow snooker legend Stephen Hendry on Thursday afternoon.
The pair were discussing the BBC Crucible Classics episode which showed the 2011 World Championship final between John Higgins and Judd Trump and other subjects connected to the world of snooker, including the upcoming World Championship.
Last week World Snooker Tour announced its intention to stage the 2020 World Championship between July 31 and August 15 at its traditional home – The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, depending on Government guidelines following the coronavirus outbreak.
However, due to the serious situation and social distancing rules – it is not yet clear whether fans with tickets will be allowed to visit and watch the action should the tournament get the all clear on those dates.
Speaking to Hendry, O’Sullivan spoke of his feelings about the realistic possibility of playing behind closed doors at what is considered to be the home of snooker.
“To play in, it is going to feel very bizarre,” he said.
“It is like when they go from the two-table setup to the one table when you see the table fitters in there, an empty arena. It is just going to be crazy.
“They might be better off going somewhere where the venue doesn’t lend itself to the crowd.
“It is just going to be a viewing thing on the TV. I don’t get why there are going to the Crucible.”
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