Snooker star Mark Allen was brutally snubbed by ex Reanne Evans following his offer of a pre-match handshake ahead of their tense meeting in the first round of the British Open.
The professional pair got together in 2005 and had a child together, before splitting up in 2008 and getting involved in a lengthy feud.
They were embroiled in a child maintenance row at the time of a now infamous incident at the Crucible, making the British Open draw one of heightened interest to say the very least.
On Monday evening, all eyes were on the pair, and when Allen reached out for a fist bump Evans barely glanced over and ignored the greeting.
With the drama already beginning before a ball had even been struck, it wasn’t clear whether Allen was left annoyed or inspired by the snub.
As the opening frame got underway, Evans was in command and took a 34-0 lead, with Allen hitting back to take a 1-0 lead overall.
Watching on at home, celebrity fan Richard Osman wrote: “This Reanne Evans v Mark Allen match must be one of the most extraordinary sporting match-ups of all time?”
Shaun Murphy said after the draw was made: “I don’t think there is any question that our world final rematch has been upstaged.
“I will watch the other match of course – through my fingers.”
Back on the table, world No.10 Allen who won the 2018 Masters, had been drawn with 12-time women’s world champion Evans.
The ex-partners, and had a bitter row at the Crucible earlier this year following the fallout of their relationship.
Evans was working as a pundit for the BBC at the event and they broadcast from the practice room between frames.
With Evans was preparing to go on air – Allen made a complaint that her presence was a distraction.
Evans was subsequently asked to leave, causing a media storm.
A spokesperson for the BBC said at the time: “For the sake of ten minutes, Reanne left the players’ practice room so Mark Allen could practise before his match without distraction upon his request.
“Her broadcast commitments weren’t affected.”
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