Pics: Ronnie O'Sullivan asks Crucible crowd to borrow shoes after his are too uncomfortable 4 years ago

Pics: Ronnie O'Sullivan asks Crucible crowd to borrow shoes after his are too uncomfortable

Ladies and gentlemen, the five-times world champion, the Sock-It Rocket, Ronnie O'Sullivan!

At least that's how we hope Ronnie is announced next time he enters the Crucible Theatre after this afternoon's madness.

The Londoner ended up playing a frame of his first-round match at the World Championships in his socks after complaining his shoes were uncomfortable, and when he was informed that he could not continue without footwear, proceeded to ask the crowd to borrow a pair.

O'Sullivan left the arena and returned wearing the shoes of tournament director Mike Ganley.

Shoes or no shoes, O'Sullivan was in fine form, racing into a 7-2 lead by the end of his first session against Craig Steadman.