Dan Evans, having qualified for the first round of the Glasgow Trophy Challenger at the Scotstoun Leisure Centre, was subsequently let down by his lack of match fitness, falling to a 2-6 6-2 6-4 defeat to the Austrian Lucas Miedler on what was his first lap of a long journey back into the tennis fold.
Not really disappointed, it was a good match, he's better than his ranking I’m sure of that, and it was a good level match. I got a bit tired at the start of the third set and that was it really, lost my serve, just a bit rusty at the start of the third set. Dan Evans
Having been suspended for 12 months following his use of cocaine in Barcelona a year ago, the former British No2 was playing his first tournament since completing his ban.
The 27-year-old, who received a wild card into the qualifying tournament where he won two matches to make the main draw, has done enough to at least be appearing on the ATP rankings list next week, albeit at the very bottom end.
Evans took the first set but world No 238 Miedler stormed back to break three times as the Midlander, carrying a few pounds extra weight, started to find the going tough.
The former British Bad Boy of British tennis, raced into a 3-0 lead, dropping only three points in the process before Miedler finally got on the board in the fourth game.
The pair shared the next three to give Evans a 5-2 lead, before he completed his second break to win the opening set in 27 minutes.
But having started so well, Evans’ form dropped off and his Austrian opponent romped into the second round.
Commenting on his loss, Evans said “Not really disappointed, it was a good match, he’s better than his ranking I’m sure of that, and it was a good level match. I got a bit tired at the start of the third set and that was it really, lost my serve, just a bit rusty at the start of the third set.
“But that’s a really good game I’ve just played, I played probably the best in that match than all the matches I’ve played this week, starting to feel the ball way better so I’m looking forward to hopefully playing again soon.”