Reanne Evans, 35, who is a record 12-time women’s world champion, will face her child’s father Mark Allen next month
The world’s top female snooker player prepares to play her ex-partner in front of a host of cameras in the first round of the British Open tournament after taking him to court for paying child support.
Reanne Evans, 35, who has won the women’s snooker world title 12 times, will face Mark Allen, the father of her child, next month.
Evans, from Dudley, West Midlands, is currently fighting Allen for alimony for their 14-year-old daughter and is demanding more payments from him in the courts.
It comes after Evans was told to leave a BBC studio minutes before she was due to participate in a live discussion at the World Championships in April after Allen, who was set to play, called her a “distraction.”
But Allen, a former Masters champion, will face his ex-wife in what could be an uneasy match between the former couple in August, reports The times.
The meeting can only take place because Evans is one of the first women to play on the main British Open tour. The tournament will be held in Leicester between 16 and 22 August.
But Allen (pictured), a former Masters champion, will face his ex-wife in August in what could be an uneasy match between the former couple.
The couple got together in 2005, before splitting up in 2008 and things turned sour from then on.
Jason Ferguson, president of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, who knew Evans would be on the main tour, told the paper that both players “they gave the assurance that if they met in a tournament they would behave professionally and treat the opponent like any other player.”
It comes after Evans was told to leave the studio by BBC chiefs after Allen, who was set to play, called her a distraction.
Evans, was set to participate in a live discussion at the World Championships before becoming addicted on April 20.
The BBC studio was located next to the training ground, where Allen had prepared for his upcoming match against China’s Lyu Haotian.
Presenter Radzi Chinyanganya and Evans were preparing for the show’s start when world number 13 Allen complained that Evans was a “distraction.”
After a discussion between World Snooker Tour officials and its producers, Evans agreed to leave.
Evans was told by BBC chiefs to leave the studio after Allen (pictured), who was set to play, called her a distraction
The BBC said: ‘Because of ten minutes, Reanne left the players’ practice room so that Mark Allen could practice without distraction before his match at his request.’
The broadcaster also said Evans’ broadcasting obligations had not been affected by the incident.
Women’s record 12-time world champion Evans, who is currently battling Allen for the maintenance of their 14-year-old daughter, was reportedly “upset” and “embarrassed.”
Speaking about his plea for Evans to leave, Allen said there had been several instances where other players had asked officials to remove people while they were practicing.
“I’m not sure why there’s a fuss about it,” he added.
Allen is also currently going through the courts in divorce proceedings against his estranged wife Kyla McGuigan.
Evans, from Dudley, West Midlands, is currently fighting Allen for alimony for their 14-year-old daughter and is demanding more payments from him in the courts
He has also declared himself bankrupt, despite his career earnings exceeding £3 million from snooker.
Allen won the match he was practicing for when he said Evans was a distraction, but he was beaten out of the league on Monday after being beaten by Mark Selby.
Following his defeat, Allen said he plans to take “a little break” from snooker to deal with some personal issues. BBC reports.
After his defeat, Allen said: “There are many things that happen off the table that I would rather not talk about.
“I’ll be back, but I don’t see myself coming back anytime soon.”
He added that it is difficult to compete against the best in the world without having a clear head to focus on his game.