Roehampton | Evans loses but Ward continues
Dan Evans has failed in his bid to make The Championships after losing to German Matthias Bachinger in the second round of qualifying at Roehampton.
The 28-year-old was forced to go through pre-qualifying after Wimbledon decided not to give him direct entry into the tournament following his suspension for cocaine use.
Evans won three matches last week to earn a wild card into qualifying and then came through his first match at Roehampton, but was well beaten by Bachinger, ranked 150.
Evans will now focus on trying to lift his ranking from 343 to ensure he is eligible for a place in the US Open qualifying tournament in August.
While Evans has understandably been the focus, the sole British player through to the final round of qualifying is his Davis Cup team-mate James Ward, who is working his own way back up the rankings after two years of knee trouble.
The 31-year-old, who reached the third round in 2015, beat America’s Bjorn Fratangelo 6-4 6-4 and will play France’s Benjamin Bonzi for a spot in the main draw.
Meanwhile, Australia’s Bernard Tomic, who was fined last year for unsportsmanlike conduct after saying he was bored during his first-round loss, is through to the final round of qualifying after a 6-2 6-4 win over Tomislav Brkic.