Dan Evans must prove himself after drugs ban to get any wild cards, says LTA

first_imgShare via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content news Venus Williams upstages Serena in third-round blockbuster at Indian Wells Topics Dan Evans, who is due to return to tennis from a drugs ban next month, will not get the same welcoming embrace the game extended to Maria Sharapova last summer when her 15-month suspension ended. Share on Pinterest Tennis Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Read more Support The Guardian The Lawn Tennis Association controversially gifted a wild card to Sharapova in the pre-Wimbledon Birmingham event although the Russian, who tested positive for meldonium in 2016, ultimately made her slam comeback at the US Open. However it was confirmed on Thursday that Evans, who was banned for a year after traces of cocaine were found in a sample taken in Barcelona last April, will have to satisfy the LTA that he has mended his ways before it will offer him similar free passage into any tournament.The LTA’s performance director, Simon Timson, said: ”We’re not discussing wild cards with Dan at this stage. There is an awful lot of water to get under the bridge before [that]. We’ve been really clear with Dan that there’s some things that he needs to do.”Evans, who has dropped to No 608 in the rankings having been the world No 50 before his positive test, will have to battle his way back on the Challenger circuit. Timson and the Great Britain Davis Cup captain, Leon Smith, a staunch supporter of Evans throughout the player’s volatile career, spoke with the 27-year-old recently and were encouraged by his responses.“He appears very committed to getting back to playing at the level he was prior to his suspension,” Timson said. “We don’t condone doping in any way, shape or form and we’ve taken a very firm line on that with Dan. At the same time, I think that everybody deserves a second chance.“We have a duty of care to our players to support them in the right ways for the right reasons. That’s what we’re doing. We’ve agreed a programme with Dan of what he needs to do. If he commits to that, we will support and monitor his progress with it. When the time is right, we’ll start to talk about his tournament schedule, and when he’s ready to step back on to the court and compete.” Share on Facebook Drugs in sportlast_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *