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Nottingham | Evans is rewarded

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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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.

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