Dan Evans splits opinion. April 2017 Dan failed a drugs test at Barcelona. He had just reached a career high of 41 and out of competition took the class A drug. Dan’s tennis world fell apart around him. He received a one year ban from the sport and over the course of the year has made an impressive comeback. As subsequent of his ban from the sport was that his ranking would drop. He fell in May of last year just after he returned to the tour at 1195 but is now back up to 63 in the world following … Continue reading Dan Evans; Cocaine, 1195 to 63 in 13 months, Murray spat, Miami outburst, Practice with Federer & Impressive comeback!
It’s already been a good start for the Brit’s in London and Birmingham this week. We thought we only had 7 Brit’s in singles action but James Ward has qualified at Queens winning his highest ranked match for four years. The other big news which isn’t singles related is to do with the doubles… Venus Williams is playing doubles in Birmingham. Her team mate? Harriet Dart! The 22 year old Brit is going to have the moment of her career right now playing doubles with Venus Williams what an hour! It is also good to see James Ward back in … Continue reading London & Birmingham; 8 Brits in singles action + someone is teaming up with Venus Williams!
Following a difficult grass court week in Nottingham the tours now move to Birmingham and London as the men and women on the look to enhance their Wimbledon chances but what opening round match-ups do we have early on? Queens Club – Stefanos Tsitsipas v Kyle Edmund You probably couldn’t have drawn a tougher opening round. Kyle will be up against it in Stefanos who didn’t get off to a good start in Stuttgart. He played in Halle this year last year but is a pretty unknown on the grass as it’s only around for a couple of weeks a … Continue reading The Queens & Birmingham first round matches you cannot miss!
I think tennis does need to have a look at itself. Dan Evans was defeated 6-4 6-4 by Alexander Bublik in the final round of qualifying for Miami main draw in a match which was just chaos. I understand the frustration to the poor line calls but there is a line and it got crossed. Dan said during the match; “That was a f—ing s—show out here. That was the worst performance I’ve ever seen. Write it up in your report.” He called umpire Rafael Maia; “A clown in the chair” Dan also received two code violations during the match … Continue reading Very “Lucky Loser” ? – Dan Evans receives spot despite ‘f•••••g s•••show’ outburst and point penalty
Dan Evans has made it very clear in the past he doesn’t really like the clay courts but he couldn’t have asked for a better start to his match against Kyle Edmund up 4-1 in just over 20 minutes. One aspect of the match-up I picked up in my preview was the need for Edmund to mix up the placement of the forehand and through the opening few games we saw this issue with Kyle and he hit error after error. During the first set Sky Sport’s commentator and former coach of Andy Murray Mark Petchy said; “If you press, … Continue reading Edmund finds variety after sloppy start to see off Evans
Good friends and Davis Cup team mates but for about two hours they will have to put this aside as in one of the standout round matches at Monte Carlo see’s Kyle Edmund up against Dan Evans for a place in round two against a man who has won Monte-Carlo 9 times in the last 12 years and once went on 46 win streak there, so no pressure! Both have been playing some good tennis this year, it didn’t work out for them in Davis Cup recently against one of the strongest teams in the competition in France but now … Continue reading Monte-Carlo Preview – Dan Evans v Kyle Edmund, backhand v forehand. Winner gets Nadal!
British number three Dan Evans has pulled off another shock. After defeating his firs top 10 opponent in Dominic Thiem last week in Sydney making his first ATP Tour Final he went one better today with a win against former Grand Slam champion Marin Cilic to progress to the third round at the Australian Open. The Brit didn’t get off to a good start at all finding himself down a set and a break and couldn’t really find the court in the opening stages of the match to hurt the Croat but quickly found his form thanks to two big … Continue reading Dan Evans stuns Marin Cilic in Melbourne!