Ronnie O’Sullivan given brush off in Northern Ireland Open exit by opponent who PAINTED one of his most iconic moments

DAVID GRACE spent final summer time portray legendary Ronnie O’Sullivan off the TV to make some cash.

Immediately he lived as much as his ‘Wonderful’ nickname by giving the Rocket the brush-off in entrance of the cameras in the Northern Ireland Open.

David Grace dumped Ronnie O'Sullivan out of the Northern Ireland Open

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David Grace dumped Ronnie O’Sullivan out of the Northern Ireland OpenCredit score: Rex
A year ago he was painting the legend from the tele to raise extra funds

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A 12 months in the past he was portray the legend from the tele to lift additional fundsCredit score: Twitter @daveg147

Till the beginning of this 12 months, Leeds potter Grace used to promote portraits of well-known snooker gamers when he was not knocking in balls on the baize.

In September 2021, he completed a paid fee of O’Sullivan lifting one of his record-equalling seven World Snooker Championships on the Crucible.

The world No.49 in all probability couldn’t think about that he would find yourself beating the identical topic in the final 64, particularly as he had been stuffed 4-0 in their final encounter.

Grace – who hit a high break of 94 – got here from 2-0 all the way down to win 4-3 however overcame nervy moments in the penultimate body when he may have thrown all of it away.

Grace, who now faces China’s Tian Pengfei, mentioned: “I made arduous work of that. I acquired over the road in the tip.

“You don’t usually get a second probability in opposition to Ronnie. I may have received 4-2 however misplaced cue ball and missed a smelly one.

“That’s when the snooker Gods don’t forgive you however fortunately they have been on my aspect at present.

“At 2-0 down, it was going actually badly and I’m proud I discovered the cue-ball management to get a foothold in the match.

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“While you play the legends, they get higher after they go in entrance.

“I’ve wished to show I can do it on the largest stage – anybody down the rankings does that – and when you might have an opportunity it’s a must to take it.”

On his ardour and pastime for the canvas, Grace added: “I’ve completed just a few work in the previous. I’ve needed to give it a backseat as I don’t have the time once I play snooker matches.

“I’ve completed one of Ronnie, which I did final summer time for a fella.”

O’Sullivan’s final Residence Nations Sequence win got here 5 years in the past in the English Open and he follows high rival Judd Trump out of the early exit door this week in Belfast.

Jimmy White, the six-time world championship finalist, mentioned: “David Grace performed fantastically properly and confirmed what a terrific participant he’s.

“To do it on the centre stage in opposition to the world champion in a venue like this – it is going to be nice confidence for him going ahead. He deserved his win regardless of being 2-0 down.”

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