London: Ronnie O’Sullivan escaped unscathed from a car crash as he travelled home after losing the World Championship final.
The five-time world champion and his six-year-old son, Ronnie Jr, were travelling in a two-seater Audi R8 sports car, when it spun out of control on the M1 near Leicester at around 1.30am (local time).
Neither suffered serious injuries, after hitting the central reservation, but they were understood to have been left “shaken” after pulling themselves out of the wreckage.
It came just hours after the 38-year-old lost the World Championship final to Mark Selby by 18 frames to 14, at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield.
A police spokeswoman said: “We would not identify those involved in a road traffic collision but we did have a crash on the M1 southbound at about 1.30 in the morning. There was an adult and a child in that vehicle.”
The car reportedly hit a pool of standing water before smashing into the central reservation as O’Sullivan and his son travelled home to Chigwell in Essex.
Weather conditions are thought to have been poor, as they drove near Selby’s hometown of Leicester, but a source told the Daily Mirror that speed was not a factor in the accident.
O’Sullivan’s manager Sonny Nath confirmed that he and Ronnie Jr had not been injured in the smash.
“Both Ronnie and his son were not hurt at all and are fine,” he said.
His spokesman Justin Rigby also confirmed that O’Sullivan and his son were unhurt — and added that there was no suggestion of him speeding or drinking before the crash.
“He wasn’t that bad, he’s not got a scratch on him,” said Rigby.
“He’s back home again now. There’s no problem with drunken driving.”
After losing to Selby, O’Sullivan said after the final that he had “never been in such a good place” despite the defeat.
“He (Selby) outfought me, outbattled me and I’ve got no complaints. I fought my hardest,” he told fans.