Glasgow | Evans makes main draw
Former British number two Dan Evans is through to the main draw of the Glasgow Trophy courtesy of a 6-4 6-1 victory over Ireland’s Sam Berry.
For the 27-year-old made who is making his return to the professional game following a year’s ban for taking cocaine, it was his second win in the Qualifying event which he is playing thanks to a wildcard.
This week was just to see how my body reacted and how I felt on the court and so far, so good, Dan Evans
In his opening match he had beaten Ed Corrie the 6-3 7-6(6)
Having made the man draw at the Scotstoun Leisure Centre, Evans will face world No 302 Lucas Miedler, of Austria, in the first round.
“This week is the start. It’s not just about winning, it’s about making sure I stay healthy and I’m in a good mental place, which I have been and I’m enjoying it.”
As well as reaching the tournament’s main field, the Midlander has also earned himself ATP ranking points as he attempts to reach his previous best of 41st in the world.
The former British ‘bad boy’ who admits that cocaine is a ruinous drug, took control of the match after sharing the first eight games, eventually breaking his opponent to take a 5-4 lead and then claim the set on his serve.
He never looked in trouble in the second set as he inflicted a straight sets defeat over the world No.488.
“This week was just to see how my body reacted and how I felt on the court and so far, so good,” said Evans afterwards. “It was difficult [against Barry]. I started slow, but I got going in the end and came through.”
He then added in reference to his fitness: “Obviously I could be a little lighter!”