Dan Evans to return from one-year drugs ban at Glasgow Trophy Challenger

Dan Evans will make his competitive return from a one-year drugs ban at the Glasgow Trophy Challenger after being awarded a wildcard into qualifying by the Lawn Tennis Association.

Evans tested positive for cocaine at the Barcelona Open last April, three months after he recorded a career-best run to the fourth round of a Grand Slam at the Australian Open.

The former world No 41, who had been granted access to LTA facilities and support from the sport’s governing body to help his return, was free to return to tournament tennis on April 24.

Evans, 27, praised the support he had received during his suspension ahead of his return in Scotstoun from April 28 – May 6

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

“I am now committed to training hard, resuming my career and getting back to where I was, although appreciate this will take time.

“If there is a lesson to be learned here it’s that it is every athlete’s responsibility for what they put into their bodies.”

The LTA confirmed the decision to award Evans an opportunity of an immediate return to the sport was made after the 27-year-old had passed “agreed checks”.

“The LTA condemns any form of doping, which has no place in our sport. We have been having regular contact with Dan and he has shown genuine commitment to getting his tennis career back on track,” LTA performance director Simon Timson said.

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“Dan has reflected on his experience over the last year, and has begun to support the development of the LTA’s anti-doping education materials to help emerging young players avoid similar mistakes.

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

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