In a battle of the Brits, Dan Evans beat his good friend Marcus Willis in two tie-breaks to reach the last round of Wimbledon pre-qualifying.
World No 340 Evans came through (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) in a highly-entertaining encounter at Southlands College, Roehampton but will now have to prepare to play again later on Friday against 23-year-old Jack Findel-Hawkins from Exeter, who is ranked 812 in the world.
The match with Findel-Hawkins represents another all-British contest. It’s the first time since returning two months ago from a drugs ban that Evans will have had to play two matches in a day – and the the possibility of facing three further opponents next week to reach Wimbledon.
Those involved in the first round from July 2 are guaranteed £39,000 in prize money.
Evans did not receive a Wimbledon wildcard having served his year-long ban for testing positive for cocaine in April 2017 and is in the early stages of his return. World No 730 Willis said on Thursday: “It’s a shame that everyone who plays him here is going to get punished as well.”
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