World snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan ’s harsh words about the standard of the emerging generation of players came back to haunt him when he was dumped out of the European Masters by an 18-year-old rookie. O’Sullivan, who was playing his first match since sealing a sensational World Snooker Championship win at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield last month, was eliminated 5-4 by 115th-ranked Irish youngster Aaron Hill in Milton Keynes on Thursday. The “Rocket” found himself trailing 3-1, but later looked to be on course for a routine win as a break of 102 helped him to take control of the match and move 4-3 in front. But the six-time world champion lost the final two frames as Hill clinched the biggest win of his nascent career. O’Sullivan had received a bye directly into round two at the Covid-19-battered tournament in the UK. ‘They are so bad’: Ronnie O’Sullivan blasts snooker’s next generation Last month, O’Sullivan was quoted as saying the emerging group of players on snooker’s world tour were “half-decent amateurs” . “If you look at the younger players coming through, they are not that good really,” O’Sullivan said. “Most of them would do well as half-decent amateurs, not even amateurs. They are so bad. Cue Ronnie: the wit and wisdom of world champion ‘Rocket’ O’Sullivan “A lot of them you see now, you look at them and think, ‘I would have to lose an arm and a leg to fall out of the top 50’. That is why we (tour veterans) are still hovering around, because of how poor it is down that end.” Three-time world champion Mark Williams was also eliminated by a tour rookie in Milton Keynes on Thursday, as 24-year-old Peter Devlin progressed following a 5-4 win.