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.