"It's 1000 more centuries than I've made"
A message from @stephenfry to fellow genius @ronnieo147… pic.twitter.com/IVj38BmcSl
— World Snooker (@WorldSnooker) March 11, 2019
“Ronnie, you’ve done it, a thousand centuries, it’s extraordinary,” he said. “How many more is it than I’ve made? It’s a thousand more than even I have made, it’s an incredible achievement. No one ever thought it would be possible, a millennium of centuries. You’re the millennial man, Ronnie.
“I know you must get tired of hearing this, Mozart, genius at work and all that, probably bores you rigid, but I wish you knew, perhaps you do, just how much pleasure you’ve given to millions of us who adore snooker, and who find watching you play one of the most thrilling sights in all of sport.
“It’s been a privilege to be alive at the same time as you, Ronnie, it’s a wonderful thing. So thank you, as well as congratulations.”
In keeping with O’Sullivan’s rock-star career, his crowning moment saw snooker’s usually conservative atmosphere kicked to the long grass.
The rest of his 134 break was made with a standing ovation, cheers and ‘oles’ accompanying every shot. To add one final twist, O’Sullivan went in-off on the final black, costing him the tournament’s high-break prize of £5,000.