RONNIE O’SULLIVAN says he considered a hip replacement to boost his snooker game — even though there was nothing wrong with the joint.
The medical procedure is often needed by elderly people due to long-term wear and tear.
But years ago, the Rocket devised the barmy idea after an admission he contemplated sawing off his left leg and replacing it with a wooden one to improve his stance.
Clutching the right side of his body, O’Sullivan — who turns 48 next month — said: “I thought once about having a hip replacement.
“I thought my hip was swivelling too much, which didn’t allow me to get on shots right.
“So I asked my dad, ‘What do you reckon? I’m thinking of getting a new hip. If I get this hip solid, I’d never miss’.
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“It’s a repetitive sport. If I can repeatedly get in the right line — with my talent — I should never lose.
“He thought I was crazy but I thought it was quite a sensible sort of thing.
“I know I’m a bit mad but I was a purist. I wanted to play snooker. I wanted to win titles and it meant so much to me.”
It is one of the bizarre revelations in a new documentary called Ronnie O’Sullivan: The Edge of Everything, which is released this week in cinemas and on Amazon Prime Video.
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