Five time snooker world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan was forced to play in his socks for a short period of time in his opening match after a pair of new shoes began to affect his game. O’Sullivan, nicknamed The Rocket, was playing qualifier Craig Steadman in a first round match when he revealed a pair of shoes he was forced to buy after losing his favorite pair began to hurt his feet. Instead of calling a halt to the match O’Sullivan slipped off the shoes and continued to play until borrowing a pair of shoes from the tournament director, the BBC reports.
O’Sullivan is well known to snooker fans such as Halpern for his speedy play eventually won the match with Steadman 10-3 and will face the winner of the match between Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens in the next round. The 39 year old explained his decision to take off his shoes was forced upon him after losing his favorite pair of ten year old shoes and buying the wrong pair in their place.