Rocket has to sock it to find the pocket

Published: 22nd April 2015

Rocket has to sock it to find the pocket

Ronnie O'Sullivan played part of his opening World Championship snooker match with just black socks on his feet, after having problems with his shoes.

The five-time champion complained about a painful big toe during his match against debutant Craig Steadman and decided to remove his shoes in the sixth frame. He played briefly in his black socks before handing his footwear to a fan, asking the rest of the crowd if anyone had any size eight or nine shoes he could borrow.

Eventually he left the arena and came back wearing a new pair of shoes, which had been lent to him by tournament director Mike Ganley.

O'Sullivan, nicknamed The Rocket, finished the first session with a 7-2 lead over Steadman.

But he now may face a fine for breaking the strict dress code rules which govern professional snooker. The WPBSA code says that players should ensure their clothing is "smart and appropriate for a professional player".

It is not the first time O'Sullivan has taken to the table with unusual footwear. Last year at the UK Championships he was given special permission to break the dress code and wear casual shoes as he recovered from a broken ankle.

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