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Snooker icon Ronnie O’Sullivan heads back to Macao

The seven-time champion will be playing against rising star Si Jia Hui at the Wynn Macau ballroom on 31 May
  • He was last in the city for the 2023 Snooker Masters, when he lost to Hong Kong’s Marco Fu in the quarter finals

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UPDATED: 28 May 2024, 8:43 am

Seven-time World Snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan will face-off against rising star Si Jia Hui, a semi-finalist at the 2023 World Championship, in a game at the Wynn Macau Grand Ballroom on 31 May.

The one-off fixture follows on from last year’s 2023 Macau Snooker Masters, held at Wynn Palace. Wynn says the evening will include a special dinner, live band and a raffle for autographed snooker balls, cue sticks, and jackets.

According to a press release from Wynn, the game is part of the casino operator’s support for the local government’s tourism diversification strategy, which aims to lure more high-profile sporting events to Macao,

[See more: Wynn Resorts sees a year-on-year jump in net income for the first quarter]  

In his appearance in Macao last year, Ronnie O’Sullivan was knocked out of the Snooker Masters at the quarter-final stage by Hong Kong’s Marco Fu.

O’Sullivan has drawn flak from the World Snooker Tour (WST) by participating in lucrative non-tour events. These include the Macau Snooker Masters and Hong Kong Masters (which O’Sullivan won last year), as well as exhibition games.

The player has threatened to quit the WST in protest at its rules.

UPDATED: 28 May 2024, 8:43 am

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