O'Sullivan lands top award

Ronnie O'Sullivan has been named World Snooker Player of the Year at an awards ceremony in London.

The 38-year-old picked up the accolade three days after his bid for a sixth World Championship title was scuppered by Mark Selby in the final at the Crucible.

But O'Sullivan, who escaped serious injury following a car crash on his way home from Sheffield, was rewarded following another strong season in the major events.

He won the Masters, the Welsh Open and the Champion of Champions event and also picked up the fans' player of the year award.

Selby earned the Performance of the Year award after lifting his first world title, while the snooker writers' player of the year was Ding Junhui.

The Chinese ace won five ranking tournaments over the campaign to match a record set by Stephen Hendry in 1990/91.

Meanwhile it was confirmed on Thursday that Hendry, Steve Davis and James Wattana will receive invitations to play on tour in 2014/15, under the plans outlined by World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn two weeks ago.

Hendry is poised to accept and come out of retirement, with fellow veterans Davis and Wattana both spared falling off tour after dropping out of the top 64 in the season just ended.