Mark Allen: NI player will continue to play after bankruptcy

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Mark Allen celebrates his first victory at the Northern Irish Open last year

Mark Allen says the “chains are off” after revealing he will stay in the game following a successful court ruling last month.

The world number 13 Antrim said his future in snooker was uncertain after filing for bankruptcy in May.

But after wednesday 6-5 loss by Judd Trump in The Masters, he said all concerns were “all gone now”.

“I’m free to play snooker again, that’s what I want to do,” he added.

“It’s the only thing I’m good at in life, other than being a good father to [daughter] Harleigh. This is huge because it allows me to play snooker now without this threat hanging over me. It was major.

“I have been under so much pressure from the trustee, given my bankruptcy, that I may not be able to play snooker anymore.

“It wasn’t so much that he was telling me not to play – it was the fact that maybe I was playing just to pay for him and I wasn’t ready to do it.”

Career in doubt

Allen cited “personal reasons” for not defending his crown of champion of champions in November.

The former Masters champion had won the Northern Irish Open for the first time a month ago and said he “didn’t know if I would get some” of his £ 70,000 prize for winning the event.

Mark Allen
Mark Allen won six ranking events after turning pro in 2005

Allen said he also attended a court hearing – regarding access to his daughter – which ended less than an hour before his dramatic first-round match against Trump at Alexandra Palace.

“It was probably not an ideal preparation – it ended at 12:30 and I had to get to the site quickly and it went really well too,” added the 35-year-old.

“I got pretty much everything I wanted from the judge. I’m so happy and win or lose today, it wasn’t really that important to me.

“I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now, which I couldn’t see a few months ago. Things are going so well for me at home and I hope this is just the start of things. coming for me.

“I played well in the game considering the pressure I was under – I managed a few tournaments and kept my ranking as best I could.

“It’s really hard – as much as people say ‘block it and play pool’, it’s almost impossible to do when you have a lot of really important stuff in the background. I think I got it just fine. handled it all. The chains are loose now with good things to come. “

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