Ronnie O’Sullivan reveals plans for his 1,000th career century break

RONNIE O'SULLIVAN plans to hit his 1,000th century break somewhere special — not at a "stinking old leisure centre".

The Rocket heads into this week's prestigious Betway UK Championship in York having compiled a record 978 career tons.

 Ronnie O'Sullivan once snubbed the chance to make a 147 break because he felt the prize money wasn't enough

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Ronnie O'Sullivan once snubbed the chance to make a 147 break because he felt the prize money wasn't enough

It is a matter of when not if he surpasses 1,000 this season — potentially even at the Crucible World Championships in April.

The Essex potter has been slating venues of late, even claiming last month's English Open venue the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley stank of "urine".

And he is determined to reach the milestone in front of the TV cameras and a big live audience.

O'Sullivan, 42, said: "I will make sure it's at a proper event.

"I won't make it at an event where it's one man and his dog in Barnsley or Preston — or even a stinking old leisure centre!

 Ronnie O'Sullivan has been snooker's outspoken star for years

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Ronnie O'Sullivan has been snooker's outspoken star for years

"I will time it for a proper event and make it special for my fans. I do everything for my fans.

"I might get to 999 and then let people wait until I feel like the event is appropriate to have it.

"When the records come, they are nice. But it's not the be-all and end-all of my life."

Here in York, defending champ O'Sullivan faces amateur Luke Simmonds — a part-time factory worker, in the first round on Thursday at the Barbican Centre.

Simmonds has never been higher than 94 in the world and only secured his place after winning matches at Q School this year.

The 38-year-old from the Isle of Wight works in a factory building carbon-fibre body parts for cars.

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And he admits he may struggle to get sufficient practice completed in time for his first-round clash because of work commitments.

He said: "The financial side is difficult because if you are not winning matches then you can't cover your expenses.

"It's exciting to be drawn against Ronnie because I have never played him before and it will be my biggest match in terms of the profile of the occasion."

O'Sullivan is currently tied on six UK Championship crowns with Steve Davis.

But O'Sullivan added: "If I go there and my game's good, then great. If not, I'll give it my best, "But I'm not going to kill myself trying to break records. I never have, anyway, so I'll just go there and give as good as I can give it."

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 Ronnie O'Sullivan is closing in on an incredible milestone

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Ronnie O'Sullivan is closing in on an incredible milestone

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RONNIE O'SULLIVAN plans to hit his 1,000th century break somewhere special — not at a "stinking old leisure centre".