Ronnie O’Sullivan is next up. The Rocket, who matched Stephen Hendry on seven Snooker World Championships this 12 months, is on a video link from Dubai.
He tells Gary Lineker: “I just love the sport, I like competing! Whenever you love what you do, you’ll be able to’t wait to get away from bed every morning and do it.
“The highest players rise to the largest occasion. The Crucible is a venue like no other, the pressure it provides could make you or break you.”
The snooker world No 1 adds when asked if he’ll overtake Hendry in 2023: “Once I first turned pro, I used to be completely satisfied with one World Championship. I at all times keep in mind that and never attempt to get greedy.
“Every one is a bonus really. If I used to be to get eight, unbelievable, however it’s really tough lately because there’s a variety of young talent. We’ll need to wait and see!
“I do not know if I’ll go for an eighth but I’ll have idea every week before if I’m in enough shape for it. If my form is sweet, I’ve got a probability.”