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Nottingham | Evans is rewarded

Dan Evans has been handed a wildcard for the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club, in what will be his first appearance at an ATP Tour event since his year-long drugs ban.

The Brit has not competed on the ATP Tour since testing positive for cocaine in Barcelona back in April 2017. After a 12-month ban, he has returned to a series of challenger events, reaching the semi-finals in Surbiton and now Nottingham.

I watched him against Alex Ward [earlier at the tournament] and he’s a great pro. It will be a very tough match Dan Evans

The Birmingham-born star beat Canada’s Brayden Schnur to reach the last-four at the Nature Valley Open and will take on Marcel Granollers on Saturday.

Evans, meanwhile, is expecting a strong challenge from former World No. 19 Granollers, whom he beat on the way to the 2017 Sydney final.

“He’s a very good player,” the 28-year-old said. “I watched him against Alex Ward [earlier at the tournament] and he’s a great pro. It will be a very tough match.”

Evans’ compatriot Jay Clarke has also been given a main draw wildcard. This will be the 19-year-old’s first appearance at a tour-level event.

Fellow Brits James Ward and Edward Corrie were handed qualifying wildcards, while Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis will also have to come through qualifying. Andy Murray will make a decision over whether he will be able to compete on Saturday morning, but British No. 1 Kyle Edmund and Cam Norrie are confirmed participants.









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