‘Regretful’ Evans Makes Successful Comeback In Glasgow
Dan Evans made his return from a drugs ban in Glasgow today.
Britain’s Dan Evans has made a successful comeback to tennis after he beat fellow Brit Edward Corrie 6-3 7-6(6) in the first qualifying round of the Glasgow challenger.
The 27 year old was suspended for 12 months after taking cocaine at the ATP event in Barcelona last year, which he has many regrets about. However the Brit looked to put his previous troubles behind him as he took on fellow Brit, Edward Corrie in Glasgow today.
It took a while for Evans to get going but the Brit broke twice in the first set as he won the opening set 6-3. He continued his momentum in the second set and after a tight tiebreak, the Birmingham resident sealed victory after 1 hour and 37 minutes.
The win must be a relief for Evans, who said that the incident had left him in ruins, “It’s a shocking drug, and it’s not just in sport – it’s terrible in life. It’s a life-ruiner,” said Evans before his match with Corrie. “It’s the worst thing I’ve ever done. It’s a shocking thing to do, it’s let down many people. Not just that, it’s brought unwanted press to tennis. God knows what some of the greats of the game thought when that sort of thing comes into the headlines.”
Evans will now play Ireland’s Sam Barry in final round qualifying, with the win sealing his place into the main draw and also meaning that he will receive an ATP world ranking.