I was terrible in early exit, admits Allen
Mark Allen admitted he was embarrassed to exit snooker's World Championship after a 10-7 defeat to China's Zhou Yuelong.
The World No.6 trailed 7-2 overnight and a spirited fightback proved in vain as he became the third seed to lose in the first round.
Allen joins pre-tournament favourite Ronnie O'Sullivan and Belgium's Luca Brecel in losing in the last 32, and exits at the first-round stage for the first time since 2013.
"I played terribly yesterday and started badly today," said the Antrim man.
"I was proud with the way I came back and thought I had him on the ropes but I left myself too much to do.
"You can't be playing the way I played in the first 11 frames and deserve to win a match, it was embarrassing but looking back I don't think I would have done anything different.
"I prepared as well as I ever have.
"I didn't go to the China Open, partly because my mother-in-law wasn't very well - she was in intensive care but is over the worst now, touch wood - but also because my game wasn't in good shape, so I went to see Terry (Griffiths, his coach) for a few days and try to get myself ready for here."