Bri­tain’s Evans ‘dou­ble-faulted’ with co­caine

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BRI­TISH player Dan Evans failed a drugs test in April af­ter tak­ing co­caine, the world num­ber 50 said yes­ter­day.

Evans, who reached his first ATP fi­nal this year in Syd­ney and has played for Bri­tain in the Davis Cup, re­leased a state­ment at a press con­fer­ence in Lon­don.

“This is a very dif­fi­cult day for me and I wanted to come here in per­son and tell you guys face to face that a few days ago I was no­ti­fied that in April I tested pos­i­tive for co­caine,” the 27-year-old said.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant to know that this was taken out of com­pe­ti­tion and in a con­text com­pletely un­re­lated to tennis.

“I made a mis­take and I must face up to it. I do not con­done for one sec­ond that this was ac­cept­able be­hav­iour,” Evans added.

“I’ve let a lot of peo­ple down, my fam­ily, my coach, my team, spon­sors, Bri­tish tennis and my fans and I can only apol­o­gise from the bot­tom of my heart.”

Evans, who pulled out of this week’s grass­court tour­na­ment at Queen’s Club due to in­jury, will be pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended from June 26 and will not be able to play at Wim­ble­don next month.

“Mr Evans was charged on 16 June with an Anti-Dop­ing Rule Vi­o­la­tion,” the In­ter- na­tional Tennis Fed­er­a­tion’s Anti- Dop­ing Pro­gramme (TADP) said in a state­ment.

“Mr Evans has ac­cepted the find­ing of co­caine in his sam­ple col­lected on 24 April.

“As pos­i­tive tests for Non- Spec­i­fied Sub­stances carry a manda­tory Pro­vi­sional Sus­pen­sion, Mr Evans will be pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended with ef­fect from 26 June...pend­ing de­ter­mi­na­tion of the case.” – Reuters

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