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London | Dan Evans ready for his comeback

London | Dan Evans ready for his comeback

Dan Evans’s 12-month ban from the circuit for testing positive for cocaine in Barcelona last year, is set to come to an end next month, just a few days before the start of the new LTA Challenger at the Scotstoun Center in Glasgow on the 28th April.

Evans is now looking to qualify for Glasgow should he be given a wildcard for the event by the LTA who have promised to support him subject to certain criteria.

At the time of his ban, Evans was the British No.2 and had reached a high of 42 in the world rankings but one year on, all that has evaporated and he is now required to rebuild his career from the bottom.

Consequently, his need for a wild card even for the Qualifying event, is necessary but the LTA will want him to recommit to working with them and, if his progress is as expected, then he would receive the same support as any other player.

Fortunately, a precedent has been set as the LTA gave Maria Sharapova a wild card for Birmingham only weeks after her return from a 15-month drug ban, so it would be disappointing if he wasn’t given one straight into the main draw.

It now depends on his fitness for the ban prevented him from using the performance facilities in the country for the first ten-months and he has only recently been able to train in Bath and Birmingham and now Roehampton.

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

1 Comment

  1. Janice Hill

    Come on dan show them what you’re made of 💪


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