Evans set for re­turn to ac­tion af­ter drugs ban

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DAN Evans will make his come­back fol­low­ing his drugs ban in Glas­gow next week af­ter be­ing handed a wild­card en­try by the Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion.

Evans, 24, who has served a oneyear ban af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for co­caine dur­ing the Barcelona Open last year, is set to play in the qual­i­fy­ing draw for the Glas­gow Tro­phy, an ATP Chal­lenger tour­na­ment.

“The LTA con­demns any form of dop­ing, which has no place in our sport,” LTA per­for­mance di­rec­tor Si­mon Tim­son said.

“We have been hav­ing reg­u­lar con­tact with Dan and he has shown gen­uine com­mit­ment to get­ting his ten­nis ca­reer back on track.

“We have pro­vided a struc­tured pro­gramme of sports sci­ence and medicine sup­port to help his jour­ney since Dan be­came el­i­gi­ble again.”

Tim­son said the for­mer Bri­tish num­ber two had passed all the LTA’s lat­est checks over a six-week pe­riod and will con­tinue to be as­sessed.

“Our con­tin­ued sup­port will be en­tirely de­pen­dent on a non-ne­go­tiable com­mit­ment to on­go­ing mon­i­tor­ing,” Tim­son added.

Evans rose to a ca­reer-high rank­ing of num­ber 41 in the world last year and reached the fourth round of the 2017 Aus­tralian Open af­ter knock­ing out for­mer cham­pion Marin Cilic.

“I want to thank ev­ery­one who has sup­ported me through­out this dif­fi­cult pe­riod,” said Evans, down to 422 in the rank­ings.

“I have learned a lot about my­self in my time away from the game, a sport that I love very dearly.

“I’m grate­ful to those who have stood by me.

“I’m also grate­ful to the fans and the LTA for the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete again.”

The Glas­gow Tro­phy will be held at Scot­stoun Leisure Cen­tre from April 28-May 6.

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