Re­turn­ing Evans to face lowly Ivashka

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

TEN­NIS: Dan Evans has been drawn against Ilya Ivashka in the first round of Wim­ble­don qual­i­fy­ing.

Evans was not given a wild card by the All Eng­land Club this week, de­spite some im­pres­sive re­sults fol­low­ing his re­turn from a drugs ban.

With his rank­ing so low fol­low­ing that 12-month sus­pen­sion, it meant he had come through pre-qual­i­fy­ing to make it to the full qual­i­fy­ing round.

The 28-year-old won three matches over the course of 28 hours on Thurs­day and Fri­day, in­clud­ing a vic­tory over fel­low Brit and Wim­ble­don 2016 hero Mar­cus Wil­lis.

He is paired with world 105 Ivashka on Mon­day, the first of three matches he must win if he is to make the main draw at Wim­ble­don.

Evans is one of eight Bri­tons hop­ing to make it through to their home grand slam.

James Ward, who made it through to the third round in 2015, plays Ar­gen­tinian Marco Trun­gel­liti, while Alexan­der Ward takes on Dar­ian King.

Andy Mur­ray’s oc­ca­sional hit­ting part­ner Ai­dan McHugh plays Spa­niard Ale­jan­dro Davi­dovich Fuk­ina while Lloyd Glasspool, boyfriend of Heather Wat­son, faces Ser­gio Gu­tier­rezEr­rol.

An­ton Ma­tu­se­vich must beat Zdenek Ko­lar, Jack Draper takes on Mo­hammed Safwat and Ge­orge Loffha­gen is paired with Jur­gen Zopp.

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