Ronnie O’Sullivan: Judd Trump not yet a snooker great, says rival
Judd Trump has work to do to be regarded as a member of snooker’s greats, based on legend Ronnie O’Sullivan.
30, trump, has been in form this year following his eponymous World Championship title success in May.
The Bristolian has won three position titles this season and, like O’Sullivan, is into roughly two of the UK Championship.
“Judd is a wonderful player and a wonderful talent but the real test is doing it over 10-15 years,” O’Sullivan said.
O’Sullivan said 30-year-old Trump’s CV doesn’t compare with that of Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins or Ray Reardon or his – that are multiple standing event winners.
Seven-time world champion Hendry and five-time world champion O’Sullivan every have 36 ranking event wins,” Higgins has 30 and now Davis is fourth on the list with 28. Davis and Reardon possess six Crucible titles apiece.
O’Sullivan, who’s next in action against China’s Tian Pengfei on Saturday, added:”Many Individuals have won the World Championship, such as Ken Doherty. Is he a? Probably not, he is only a very, very good player.”
He said the test – over all sports – had been victory over a continuing period.
“You consider [Lionel] Messi, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods and you’d say they’re greats,” O’Sullivan clarified. “Rory McIlroy? Can it be a great? Perhaps not yet. Potentially he likely will be, but you need to see it unfold.”
O’Sullivan said Trump’s magnificent sort compelled him the”man to beat”, but added that the 13-year era gap between the group made phoning them rivals”very difficult”.
“The rivalry is likely me, Higgins and [Mark] Williams. You had Hendry or even Davis and Davis and [Jimmy] White.
“Judd’s competition is probably a person more like Ding [Junhui] since they are at the ideal age and moving together at parallel careers,” O’Sullivan added.
“At the moment Judd’s competition is using himself. He appears to be ahead of the bunch. He’s number one in the world and world champion.
“He is the guy in shape and the guy everyone will have to cease to win championships.”
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