Evans a sil­ver server in Croa­tia tour­na­ment

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Bath vet­eran God­frey Evans en­joyed a suc­cess­ful out­ing when he rep­re­sented the Great Bri­tain 65s team at the Se­niors World Cham­pi­onships in Umag, Croa­tia. The high­light of his trip was the 65s mixed dou­bles, in which Evans and fel­low Brit Lil­lian Geer made it to the fi­nal be­fore win­ning a sil­ver medal. The scratch part­ner­ship only met for the first time shortly be­fore their open­ing match but went on to win four of them. Their run in­cluded two nail-bit­ing matches which saw them win 10-7 in the third set cham­pi­ons tiebreaker hav­ing lost the first set in both. Evans and Geer also beat the Ger­man num­ber two seeds in straight sets be­fore los­ing in the fi­nal to the French top seeds and mul­ti­ple world cham­pi­ons who, in their words, “played a per­fect match”. Evans was also beaten in the third round of the sin­gles by Aus­tralian world num­ber one An­drew Rae, who went on to reach the fi­nal. Bri­tain were drawn in the same group as num­ber one seeds and even­tual win­ners the United States in the team event, with each match con­sist­ing of two sin­gles and one dou­bles. Although GB were com­pet­i­tive in the sin­gles and took the dou­bles to a third set, they were beaten 3-0. A 3-0 win over New Zealand saw GB progress to the group of sec­ond­placed teams, where they beat Hun­gary 2-1, Canada 2-1 and Swe­den 2-1 to fin­ish eighth over­all.

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