Evans: I’m so sorry I’ve let you down

Daily Mail - - Tennis Drugs Shock -

From Back Page for per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing rea­sons. Co­caine is of­ten dis­missed as not per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing — World Anti-Dop­ing Agency reg­u­la­tions state that it is banned only in com­pe­ti­tion — but French anti-dop­ing au­thor­i­ties have chal­lenged that stance amid con­cerns that such cases are on the rise. For­mer world No 1 Martina Hingis tested pos­i­tive for co­caine in 2007 and was banned for two years, while the ITF sought to ban Richard Gas­quet for two years when the stim­u­lant was found in his sys­tem in 2009 but ac­cepted he took it in­ad­ver­tently on a night out. Evans said: ‘This is a very dif­fi­cult day for me. I wanted to come here in per­son and tell you face to face I was no­ti­fied a few days ago that I failed a drugs test in April, where I tested pos­i­tive for co­caine... this was taken out of com­pe­ti­tion and the con­text com­pletely un­re­lated to ten­nis. ‘I made a mis­take and I must face up to it. I can only deeply apol­o­gise from the bot­tom of my heart. It is a sad and hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence.’ LTA per­for­mance di­rec­tor Si­mon Tim­son said: ‘We are very dis­ap­pointed at the news. We ab­so­lutely con­demn any form of drug-tak­ing.’

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