Ronnie O’Sullivan played some strange shots towards the end of his defeat to Judd Trump yesterday.
Some will have formed the impression that he wasn't bothered whether he won or lost but it is worth pointing out that pressure gets to even the greats.
O’Sullivan was obviously disappointed with how poorly he was playing and it was getting him down.
Many other players would take Ronnie’s ‘poor’ form but he has always been a perfectionist and is always aiming for a higher level than he can reach.
But when I hear him say in interviews that he isn’t happy with his game, I wonder if he just means he isn’t happy full stop.
O’Sullivan suffers from depression and his mood swings are hard to manage.
He likes the Premier League because it’s a series of one night stands for big money but loathes hanging around venues for a week.
I’m not sure how keen he is to go to Bahrain. World Snooker doesn’t officially pay appearance money but don’t be surprised if the world champion is suddenly put up for media interviews or promotional work before and during the tournament.
Ronnie may be embarrassed with his form but the fact remains that he is more than 9,000 points ahead of the chasing pack in the provisional rankings.
He will win more titles but I was amazed to hear some of the BBC pundits suggest he would equal Stephen Hendry’s record of seven world triumphs.
This seems to me to be very, very unlikely. O’Sullivan has never been a winning machine like Hendry or Steve Davis. He thrives on isolated inspirational performances that are often mirrored by periods of frustration.
More likely is that his career will continue is the same vein as before: plenty of highs, plenty of lows.
Some great performances, centuries, maximums and stunning play.
Controversy, strange defeats and statements likely to stir up furious debate.
This is the full Ronnie O’Sullivan package and the reason he remains such a fascinating figure.