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Ronnie O'Sullivan will reduce the amount of running he is doing to give himself the best opportunity to win the 2021 Masters. Masters snooker prize money: How much can the players earn? He told Eurosport: "Like anything, if you want to be good at it, you've got to be obsessive about it. "When it's tournament week, I've got to learn that it's okay to do five or six miles in the morning, but I don't need to run 10 miles every day. The Masters snooker tournament is ready to kick up a gear as Ronnie O'Sullivan takes to the table on Wednesday afternoon.
The Rocket is up against Ding Junhui in the showpiece match of the round, and there's a huge opportunity for both men to stake their claim for the title following a pair of shocks yesterday. Neil Robertson and Mark Selby were knocked out by Bingtao Yan and Stephen Maguire respectively on Tuesday, and with World No.1 Judd Trump already out due to COVID-19, the path is relatively favourable for the winner of O'Sullivan and Junhui. Matches will be shown live across Eurosport and BBC platforms, and we're here to help you make sense of it all to soak up every moment possible. Check out our comprehensive guide to the Masters snooker 2021, including times, TV details and a daily order of play. When is the Masters snooker 2021?
Masters snooker order of play You can check out today's order of play here, plus the TV schedule information below the list to see how you can tune in on BBC and Eurosport. Ronnie O'Sullivan v Ding Junhui (1pm) BBC Two / Eurosport 2 John Higgins v Mark Allen (7pm) BBC Red Button / Eurosport 2 David Gilbert v Kyren Wilson (1pm) BBC Two / Eurosport 2 Stuart Bingham v Shaun Murphy (7pm) BBC Two (BBC Four from 8pm) / Eurosport 2 Higgins / Allen v O'Sullivan v Ding (1pm) BBC Two / Eurosport 2 Stephen Maguire v Bingtao Yan (7pm) BBC Two (BBC Four from 8:10pm) / Eurosport 2 TBC v TBC (1pm and 7pm) BBC Two / Eurosport 2 Masters snooker 2021 results Mark Selby 3-6 Stephen Maguire Masters snooker 2021 prize money There's a hefty prize money pot on offer for the Masters snooker in 2021. Five of the top six seeded players were dumped out in the first round, including No.1 Judd Trump. No.12 seed Stuart Bingham swept aside Mark Williams, Kyren Wilson and David Gilbert to reach the final where he defeated Ali Carter in a 10-8 thriller. Hungry Ronnie O'Sullivan believes it's about time he burst the Judd Trump, Neil Robertson and Mark Selby bubble.
The Rocket scooped a sixth World Championship last summer but is yet to taste silverware this season as world No.1 Trump, No.2 Robertson and three-time world champion Selby have dominated the circuit. 2019 Crucible king Trump has already won three titles, while Selby has claimed two and Robertson won a UK Championship final thriller against the Juddernaut in December. In a massive blow to the tournament, Trump was forced to withdraw from the Masters after testing positive for coronavirus but Selby and Robertson remain key contenders. O'Sullivan, the world No.3, is gearing up for a crack at an eighth tournament title and says it's high time he got on the board and bolstered his trophy cabinet further. The 45-year-old, who will face 2011 champion Ding Junhui in the first round today (Wednesday), said: "I haven't yet won a tournament since the World Championship. "I think those three [Trump, Robertson and Selby] have dominated the season so far, so I'd like to win a bit of silverware at some point. Obviously, the majors [World Championship, UK Championship and Masters] are great to win but sometimes it's just nice to just get a W. "Even with the Premier League tournaments I won – I could never say after winning a tournament I've not enjoyed it, but obviously the World [Championship], the Masters and the UK [Championship] are a bit more extra special. "I just go out there and play – it's nice that [the Masters] is a chance and is a local tournament for me [at Alexandra Palace]. "I think I've got another three years, maximum, playing on the tour, so I want to enjoy it as much as I can before I decide to maybe move on to play at a different level on a different platform." O'Sullivan's 20 Triple Crown titles – seven Masters, seven UK Championship and six World Championships – are a record and he will bid to equal Stephen Hendry's seven Crucible crowns in Sheffield this year. January's Masters was due to host 1000 fans per session at Alexandra Palace but is now being held behind closed doors in Milton Keynes as coronavirus cases soar. Masters snooner 2021 - 'He hit the wrong red!' – Ronnie O'Sullivan gets away with huge fluke Ronnie O'Sullivan offered Ding Junhui an apology after a huge fluke saw him accidentally pot a red during their Masters first round match. O'Sullivan was hoping for a more conventional plant shot but still got the result he wanted. O'Sullivan had earlier told Eurosport about how his addiction to running contributed to a shock downfall at the UK Championship. In an extremely candid interview with the BBC, the three-time world snooker champion laid bare the powerfully raw emotions he felt after his father David died when he was 16 years old. 3 Mark Selby has revealed he considered suicide as a teenager in a candid interview Credit: Alamy Live News 3 Selby lost his dad, David, when he was just 16, long before his pro snooker career Credit: Eric Whitehaed Dad David passed away from cancer in October 1999 and never saw his son's professional career, notably his triple success at the Crucible. Selby, 37, said: "For the first six months after he died, I more or less curled into a ball and didn't want to play snooker. "He tried to turn it round, saying: 'If your father was here, he wouldn't want you going through this. He'd want you to still be smiling, still playing snooker, trying your best.' "At the start it was difficult to look at it like that but as time has gone on, I have chosen to do that." Father-of-one Selby credits his wife Vikki for giving him the strength to pull through the difficult times in recent years. The 37-year-old, who has banked close to £6milllion in prize money, said: "If I could turn back the clock, I'd give everything I've achieved in snooker back and all the money I've earned to see him again. 3 Selby's dad missed his pro career, most-notably his triple success at the Crucible Credit: Getty Images - Getty By speaking out publicly like this for the first time, Selby hopes he can help anybody else who is suffering during lockdown. Selby added: "It's tough, I won't be the only person to go through this and not the last.