Seven-time Masters champion Ronnie O'Sullivan expressed strong criticism for the Alexandra Palace, describing the iconic north London venue as "disgusting" and claiming it makes him "feel ill." Following his 6-3 victory over Barry Hawkins, the world number one shared his dissatisfaction, citing the venue's cleanliness, cold atmosphere, and overall discomfort. O'Sullivan, known for his achievements in snooker, emphasized his unease in the environment and expressed eagerness to leave.
Despite O'Sullivan's negative assessment, the World Snooker Tour (WST) stated that "other players have spoken with unanimous positivity" about Alexandra Palace. The venue, hosting the Masters since 2012, has also been a prominent location for events like the PDC World Darts Championship. The WST highlighted the overall positive feedback from players and fans, emphasizing record ticket sales and sold-out standard admission seats for the current tournament.
In response to O'Sullivan's remarks, Alexandra Palace's spokesperson expressed disappointment but conveyed pride in hosting the Masters and creating a desirable atmosphere for players and fans. The spokesperson acknowledged the overwhelming positive feedback in recent years and hoped to change O'Sullivan's perspective, wishing him an enjoyable remainder of the tournament at the venue.