Ronnie O’Sullivan’s standing as the best in the world has naturally started to decline with age although he hit a career-low on Monday after a 5-0 whitewash loss at the hands of Hossein Vafaei, losing his cool in the process.
O’Sullivan has previously won the German Masters twice, with his last win coming in 2011/12.
Famed for being one of the best players of all time, the Birmingham-born magician was expected to cruise past Vafaei in the qualifying rounds.
Yet in just less than an hour, the Iranian won the game by five frames to nil to send shockwaves around the snooker world.
With breaks of 52, 50, 81 and 64, there was no keeping up with the world No 60 who dismantled the Englishman in 54 minutes.
And the Rocket reacted badly to the one-sided nature of the match when he sent balls frantically across the table in an overly aggressive manner in one break-off.
Snooker players typically break off in a more calm and composed manner to open a frame more tactically but O’Sullivan’s frustrations got the better of him.
He didn’t play poorly as such – Vafaei simply had the game of his life against the world’s most successful snooker player.
This was O’Sullivan’s first whitewash loss since John Higgins beat him 5-0 in the 2017 Scottish Open.
O’Sullivan still currently ranks at No three in the world after winning the Snooker World Championship in 2020.
“I always say to young kids, their parents, “Don’t let them play,”” he said.
“My own kids, I say, ‘You’re not playing snooker.’ It’s a bad sport, it can cause you a lot of damage.”