Ronnie O’Sullivan is hoping for his fly-on-the-wall documentary will be received by fans in a similar fashion to the widely praised ‘Last Dance’ of Michael Jordan.
‘The Rocket’ revealed he had been mic’d up for the documentary for the entirety of this year’s World Snooker Championships.
O’Sullivan defeated Judd Trump 18–13 in the final of the Championship to deliver his seventh world title at the Crucible-equalling the record held by Scotsman Stephen Hendry.
The Last Dance
Michael Jordan’s documentary is one of the ‘must see’ Netflix shows. The 10-episode drama captured the final season of Jordan’s illustrious career as he led the Chicago Bulls to the NBA title before subsequently retiring.
Cameras may have inspired O’Sullivan
O’Sullivan has had a camera crew following his every move for 7–8 months. They have followed his morning routine of running on the treadmill to being present in his locker room.
O’Sullivan said, per a report in The Sun:
“What I can tell you is I’ve given them complete access to the point of where if you could put a fly-on-the-wall and follow me for 17 days here, that’s basically what’s happened.
They’ve been in my dressing room, in my hotel room, before and after matches, after sessions.”
Some people may crumble under the pressure of being watched 24/7, and some may argue that his antics during matches may be for the show to help heighten the intrigue around the documentary.
However, anyone who has watched Ronnie over the years will know his persona, he is an entertainer, and the show will certainly be gold dust. The fact he has won the World Championship similar to Jordan and the Bulls winning the NBA certainly adds to the drama.
The Rocket is a seven time world snooker champion. Ronnie O'Sullivan is to snooker what Roger Federer is to tennis, or what Cristiano Ronaldo is to football.— Naz (@SardonicPill) May 2, 2022
He's an artist around the #Snooker table. Here's that brilliant 'cocked hat double' in the final after a respotted black. pic.twitter.com/DfTUyeUUWZ
Rocket said: “I’m good with pressure, I can pretty much handle it. In some ways having the cameras around might have inspired me.
“I’ve always had things happen to me where they just seem to work out. Things seem to fall into place so I’m not surprised that it ended like that.
O’Sullivan remains humble
Despite being the oldest ever Snooker Champion, holding the most ranking titles, most majors, most centuries, and more wins at the Crucible than any other player, Rocket does not acknowledge he is the GOAT in the sport.
However, he does concede that longevity is a big part of any sport and O’Sullivan has that having debuted in the early 90s.
“You look in other sports, it’s no different with golf or tennis to snooker really. They are all the same principle. You’ve got your Federers, Djokovics, Nadals.
“You have your Mayweathers, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelsons, Sennas. All of them type of guys, these are the ones you have the ultimate respect for.”
Will O’Sullivan’s documentary be the best yet?
Asked if he thought it would surpass all other sporting dramas, Ronnie replied
“I don’t know if it’s going to be the best. You’ll have to wait and see and watch it!
“I embraced it because whatever I get involved in, I’m like: ‘Well let’s make this the best we can possibly do.’
“Given the access I’ve given them, they’ve said: “We’ve never ever had that sort of access with any other sportsman.’
“I loved that documentary, The Last Dance, it had a dream ending. The guys here have been following me for 6–7 months.
“We’re onto a good start here.’ Hopefully, people watch it and enjoy it. It’ll have a good ending.”