Ronnie O'Sullivan and his six-year old son Ronnie Jr. "cheated death" after a car crash on the way home from the World Snooker Championship final, as reported by Darren Lewis and Andy Lines of the Mirror:
The car is believed to have hit a patch of standing water before colliding with the central reservation.
He was returning to his home in north east London from the Crucible Theatre when the accident happened around 1.30am.
The incident is said to have taken place on the M1 near Leicester in "poor" weather conditions. Speed "was not a factor" as both O'Sullivan and his boy emerged "shaken," but without serious injury.
Lewis and Lines confirm Ronnie Jr. was in the passenger seat of his father's two-seater sports car after the Crucible final which saw O'Sullivan lose 18-14 to Mark Selby.
O'Sullivan appeared upbeat after the contest, saying he had "never been in such a good place," reported by Yahoo! Eurosport. The Rocket confirmed he harboured "no complaints" before positively stating he accepts "the losses as well as the wins."
Selby became the first man to beat O'Sullivan in a World Championship final, a result made all the more remarkable considering he was 10-5 behind after 15 frames. He then won 10 of the next 12, only for O'Sullivan to reduce the gap to 15-14. Selby confirmed victory with a trio of consecutive frames to land his first ever world title.
Remarkably, the Leicester Mercury reposted an old interview form 1999, in which a 16-year-old Selby called O'Sullivan his "hero," saying the Jester is set for a "lucrative career" in the sport. Sixteen years later, Selby toppled his childhood icon.
The newly crowned champion paid homage to his rival, suggesting O'Sullivan's presence in the competition makes victory all the more sweet, per Hector Nunns of the Daily Star:
"It couldn't be better," said Selby. "You want to win it with Ronnie in the tournament and there's no better way than playing him in the final."
Ultimately, news of O'Sullivan and his son's well-being takes prominence after the 38-year-old's final loss. The veteran player, whose character often shines through when things get tough, is the type of individual who will call upon such an experience to push himself toward victory.
O'Sullivan currently remains two behind Stephen Hendry's total of seven world titles, a feat the snooker legend shouldn't be dismissed from achieving just yet.
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