Trump takes aim at O’Sullivan after star crashes out of British Open

Judd Trump has hit out at Ronnie O’Sullivan after the snooker great suggested taking money from the World Snooker Tour prize fund and placing into the women’s circuit. O’Sullivan – who crashed out of the British Open on Monday – raked in £500,000 when winning his seventh world championship in May, whilst his female counterpart and 12-time champion Reanne Evans’ biggest ever purse on the women’s tour stands at £6,000.

The Rocket therefore believes that five per cent of money from the men’s tour should be placed into the female side of the game, to boost their earnings. O’Sullivan addressed the matter when speaking to the BBC alongside Evans at the recent World Mixed Doubles.

He said: “The woman next to me (Evans) is a person who dedicates her life to snooker. She has won 12 World Championships. Women need to play on much better terms, for much better money. I think five per cent of the main tour prizes should go directly to women.”

The seven-time world champion’s long-time rival Trump though seemed less than impressed with the suggestion, claiming that if he wants the changes to happen then O’Sullivan should pay for it himself. Trump told the Sportsman: “I am sure Ronnie has got enough money to give away that five per cent in total.

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