Mark Allen & Reanne Evans: Ex-partners drawn together in British Open

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After his World Championship exit in April, Mark Allen said he planned to take “a bit of a break” from the game to address some personal issues

Former partners Mark Allen and Reanne Evans will face each other for the first time as professionals – after being drawn together in the British Open next month.

There is no seeding in the tournament and 12-time women’s world champion Evans has earned a two-year tour card this season to turn professional.

The first-round draw has also paired Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy in a repeat of the most recent World Championship final.

Evans is the most successful women’s snooker player ever, and was awarded an MBE in 2020 for her services to women’s snooker.

The British Open, starting on 16 August, will be her second tournament of the season after competing in the Championship League this month.

The draw comes four months after Allen requested that Evans be removed from a television studio, where she was working as a BBC pundit at the World Championships.

Allen was reported to have said he didn’t want her to be in a TV studio where a practice table was situated.

In April, Allen said he was taking a “break” to address personal issues.

“There’s numerous things going on off the table which I’d rather not talk about,” said the Northern Irishman following his 13-7 World Championship second-round defeat by Selby, who went on to win the title.

“It’s hard playing snooker at the best of times when you are competing against the very best in the world with a clear head. At the minute, I just don’t have that.”

Evans’ addition to the professional tour, alongside Hong Kong’s Ng On-yee, was described as a “huge moment for women in snooker” by World Women’s Snooker president Mandy Fisher.

The British Open is taking place in Leicester from 16-22 August.



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