London | Evans’ comeback is set
Britain’s former No.2, Dan Evans, is set to make his return to the pro tour after a one- year drugs ban, at the Glasgow Trophy Challenger on April 28.
I am now committed to training hard, resuming my career and getting back to where I was, although appreciate this will take time Dan Evans
The 27-year-old, who tested positive for cocaine last April, is receiving a wild card from the LTA wildcard into the qualifying draw of the tournament where he hopes to start proving he is changed character worthy of their support.
“I want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this difficult period,” said Evans. “I have learned a lot about myself in my time away from the game, a sport that I love very dearly.
“I am now committed to training hard, resuming my career and getting back to where I was, although appreciate this will take time.”
Evans, who rose to a career-high ranking of 41, has slipped to 994th in the singles rankings as a result of his positive test for cocaine, which was taken for social reasons rather the performance enhancing.
“We have been having regular contact with Dan and he has shown genuine commitment to getting his tennis career back on track,” the LTA’s performance director Simon Timson said.
“We have provided a structured programme of sports science and medicine support to help his journey since Dan became eligible again. He has passed our agreed checks over the last six weeks and it is on this basis we have agreed to provide him with a place in the qualifying tournament for the upcoming ATP Challenger event in Scotstoun from 28 April.
“Dan has reflected on his experience over the last year, and has begun to support the development of the LTA’s anti-doping education materials to help emerging young players avoid similar mistakes. Our continued support will be entirely dependent on a non-negotiable commitment to ongoing monitoring.”