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Daniel Evans (born 23 May 1990) is a British professional tennis player, and a Davis Cup Champion. He is a current top 50 player and current British No. 1.

Dan Evans
Daniel Evans 2, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Full nameDaniel Evans
Country (sports)United Kingdom Great Britain
ResidenceBirmingham, England, UK
Born (1990-05-23) 23 May 1990 (age 29)
Solihull, West Midlands, England, UK
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro2006
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachMark Taylor (2004)
Leighton Alfred (2004)
Scott Key
Graeme Adams
Mark Hilton (2007)
Paul Annacone (2008)
Mark Taylor (2009–2016)
Leighton Alfred (2010–2012)
Julien Hoferlin (2011–2012)
Leon Smith (2013)
Nick Weal (2013)
Julien Hoferlin (2013–2014)
Mark Hilton (2016–present)
David Felgate (2019)
Prize money$2,261,856
Singles
Career record52–63 (45.2% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 41 (6 March 2017)
Current rankingNo. 43 (7 October 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2017)
French Open1R (2017, 2019)
Wimbledon3R (2016, 2019)
US Open3R (2013, 2016, 2019)
Doubles
Career record10–15 (40.0% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 145 (7 October 2019)
Current rankingNo. 145 (7 October 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open2R (2019)
Wimbledon1R (2014, 2016, 2019)
US Open3R (2016)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2015)
Last updated on: 7 October 2019.

In Grand Slam events, Evans reached the fourth round of the 2017 Australian Open after beating seventh-seed Marin Čilić. Evans has made three third-round Slam appearances. At the 2013 US Open as a qualifier, he defeated Kei Nishikori and Bernard Tomic; at Wimbledon 2016, he beat 30th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov; and at the 2016 US Open, he won against 27th seed Alexander Zverev.

Evans's two ATP Tour finals to date have been the 2017 Apia International Sydney (losing to Gilles Müller), and the Delray Beach Open (losing to Radu Albot).

Evans made his Davis Cup debut for Great Britain against Poland in September 2009. Evans twice won deciding fifth rubbers in matches from 2012 and 2013, against Slovakia and Russia respectively, helping Great Britain progress to the Davis Cup World Group. Evans also played in the Semi-Final against Australia, losing both of his rubbers, and was a substitute for the Final against Belgium, with Great Britain winning the Davis Cup in 2015, the nation's first success in the tournament for 79 years. The Davis Cup team was awarded the 2015 BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year Award.[1]

Evans is often referred to as "Evo".[2]

Early and personal lifeEdit

Evans's father, David, is an electrician, and his mother Bernadette, a nurse,[3] and he has two older sisters.[4]

Evans first played squash with his father, aged seven, at the local squash and tennis club, the West Warwickshire Sports Club in Solihull, only falling into tennis by chance a couple of years later. Once Evans had got to grips with his preferred racket it became apparent quickly that he had some ability and he began training in earnest, moving to Edgbaston Priory aged 10. By the time he was 13, Evans had moved to Loughborough to live with a host family while training at the LTA's academy at Loughborough University. Of his time at Loughborough, he said: “I was never the best at 14 and 15, in fact, I was probably the worst. I was smaller than the others and a bit of a late developer, but I always thought I was pretty good and in the end, I was the best.”

Evans also has a single figure golf handicap and is still a capable squash player.[2]

Evans supports Aston Villa F.C..

Junior careerEdit

2004Edit

Evans was a member of the British team that won the World Junior Tennis competition in the Czech Republic aged 14.[2] Evans was guided by LTA Academy coaches Mark Taylor[4][5][6] and Leighton Alfred, who both continued working with him sporadically over the years.[7]

2006Edit

In March, Evans won the junior title at Marcq-en-Baroeul, putting him at the top of the European under-16 rankings.[8]

The Lawn Tennis Association withdrew him from the Wimbledon junior tournament for being, in his own words, “stupid on court”.[9]

2007Edit

In April, Evans was invited to the Davis Cup tie against the Netherlands, as a hitting partner for Tim Henman and Jamie Murray.[9]

In June, Evans had his first win on the ATP tour in the Nottingham qualifier, losing in the second round.[10]

In July, Evans first victories on the Futures tour, after seven attempts, were at the Great Britain F11 in Felixstowe, where he won two rounds before being beaten in the quarterfinals.[11]

Evans reached the quarterfinals of the US Open boys' singles. Evans won a junior tournament in Paraguay, was a runner-up in the Czech Republic and reached a semi-final in Chile. He also had a successful year in a doubles partnership with David Rice, winning tournaments in Brazil, Uruguay and France. Evans was coached by Mark Hilton at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.[9]

2008Edit

Evans started the year at the Nottinghill junior tournament, by reaching the singles quarterfinals, and the doubles final partnering Dan Cox.[12]

At the Australian Open, Evans reached the quarterfinals of the boys' singles,[13] where he lost to Yuki Bhambri.[14] Again with Dan Cox, they reached the doubles quarterfinals.

He went on to win the fourth junior title of his career in Nottingham.[13]

Junior Slam results – Singles:

Australian Open: QF (2008)
French Open: 1R (2007), 2R (2008)
Wimbledon: 1R (2007), 3R (2008)
US Open: QF (2007)

Junior Slam results – Doubles:

Australian Open: QF (2008)
French Open: 1R (2007), QF (2008)
Wimbledon: 1R (2007), 2R (2008)
US Open: 2R (2007)

Senior careerEdit

2008Edit

At the start of the year, Evans began working at the National Tennis Centre with Paul Annacone, the LTA men's head coach, who used to work with Pete Sampras and Tim Henman.[3]

In May, Evans reached the quarterfinals of the Bournemouth Futures,[15] achieving a ranking of 1339.[16] A week later, he had another quarterfinal appearance at the Edinburgh Futures,[17] and won the doubles with Joshua Milton at the same event.[18]

In June, he was given a wild card into the Artois Championships, playing Belgian Xavier Malisse in the first round at Queen's Club. He played in the boys' tournament at Wimbledon, but was suspended until November 2008 by the LTA after he was photographed with Daniel Smethurst at a nightclub in the early hours of the morning. The next day, he partnered Smethurst in the boys' doubles event.[3] In addition to losing his funding, he was also denied wild cards to tournaments and access to practice centres and LTA coaching staff. Instead, Evans trained at the West Warwickshire Club in Solihull.[3]

In August he won his first senior title, a Futures event in Wrexham.[19] Later that month he won in London,[20] with a third senior title coming that October in Glasgow,[21]

He ended the year by winning the LTA Male Junior Player of the Year award[22] and ranked world No. 477.[16]

2009Edit

In February, Evans took part in the play-offs for the British Davis Cup team, but lost out to Josh Goodall and Chris Eaton.[23]

Evans won the singles title at The Caversham International in March, an ATP Challenger Tour event,[24] rising to an ATP ranking of world No. 305.[16]

Evans was granted a wildcard into Wimbledon,[25] and was defeated by the 12th seed Nikolay Davydenko.[26] In August, he lost in the first round of qualifying for the US Open to Brazilian Júlio Silva.[27]

In September, Evans, the British No 5, made his debut as part of the Great Britain Davis Cup squad for the Europe/Africa Zone Group I relegation playoff against Poland, along with Andy Murray, Joshua Goodall, James Ward, Ross Hutchins and Ken Skupski.[28][29] He played in the tie, losing to Jerzy Janowicz in the second rubber,[30] and then losing to Michał Przysiężny in the deciding final rubber.[31] Great Britain were relegated to Europe/Africa Zone Group II for the first time since 1996.

In November, he reached the second round of the Caversham ATP Jersey Open, where he lost to Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.[32]

2010Edit

Evans began the year by winning his first qualifying tie in Doha, but lost to Steve Darcis in the second qualifying round. A week later, he succeeded in qualifying for an ATP Tour event for the first time, but lost in the first round of the Heineken Open in Auckland to Michael Lammer.[33] This loss allowed him to take part in qualifying for the Australian Open where he won his first qualifying match 7–5, 6–1 against Sean Berman.[34] He lost in the second round to Santiago Ventura.

In March, Evans was called to the Davis Cup team in the Europe/Africa Zone Group II tie vs Lithuania, in Vilnius, with James Ward, Ken Skupski and Colin Fleming. The Lithuanian side entered the tie as underdogs; fielding a team of teenagers.[35] Ward won his debut Davis Cup match. Evans lost the second singles match, Fleming and Skupski won their doubles, but Ward and Evans were both beaten on the final day. Evans' defeat was his fourth in two Davis Cup appearances and came against a player ranked 269 places below him at 521 in the world and who had never played a match on the ATP World Tour. This was described as a humiliating Davis Cup defeat for Great Britain,[36] and led to the resignation of Davis Cup Captain John Lloyd. Britain was now threatened with relegation to the lowest tier of the competition.

After failing to qualify for The Championships, Evans moved away from Birmingham to train at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, where he would be coached by Mark Taylor[4] and Leighton Alfred.[7]

In December, the Lawn Tennis Association announced cuts to its financial support for some of Britain's underperforming players from 43 to 30, after raising the standards it requires them to meet. This included Evans, who had been hailed as the country's most promising youngster but had in the past been criticised for a poor attitude.[37][38]

2011Edit

Evans reached the final of three Futures and the semifinal at the Bath Challenger, which led to the All England Club awarding him a wild card for the Championships.[7]

At Wimbledon, Evans lost a close first-round match against the 20th seed Florian Mayer.[39]

Evans' only title this year was the Chiswick Futures F11 doubles with Liam Broady in July.[40]

In December, the Lawn Tennis Association reduced its list of funded players to 23, but Evans was added to the programme,[38] with Julien Hoferlin becoming his coach.[41]

2012Edit

Evans began the year by competing in a number of UK based ITF Futures tournaments, securing his first singles title of the year in Sheffield in mid-January, where he defeated David Rice in the final.[42] The following month, Evans entered qualifying for the PBZ Zagreb Indoors in Croatia, winning his three qualification matches before ultimately losing in three sets to Guillermo García-López in the opening round of the main draw.[43]

In February, Evans was instrumental in Great Britain's 3–2 victory over Slovakia, in the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I tie. His ATP record stood at zero wins from 10 matches, while Lukáš Lacko had reached the final ATP event in Zagreb only six days ago. Evans won both of his singles matches, defeating much higher ranked players. Evans dismantled Lukáš Lacko, ranked 211 places above him,[44] and Martin Kližan, ranked 156 places higher, in the deciding rubber.[45][46] These were Evans' first Davis Cup wins.[41]

Evans was ranked No 291 when he pulled off two of the most unexpected wins against the Slovak Republic. By April, he was down to world No 344, having failed to defend his points from last year's Bath Challenger.[47]

Evans also received a qualifying wild card for the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, but lost in straight sets to Björn Phau.[48]

In April, Evans was selected for Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I tie against Belgium. After Josh Goodall lost the first rubber, Evans, the world No 344 pushed Olivier Rochus (#59) to the limit, but Rochus prevailed to take the match.[49] Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins won their doubles match, but Evans and Goodall lost their second singles matches. Great Britain were beaten 4–1, condemning Leon Smith to his first defeat as Davis Cup Captain.

Soon after the Belgium tie, Evans arrived at the National Tennis Centre, to discover that his LTA coach, Julien Hoferlin had been assigned to Oliver Golding, the former US Open junior champion, instead.[50] Evans was now unable to afford foreign travel,[51] so he spent the next 12 months playing in Britain and Ireland, at ITF Futures level, as well as taking in one Challenger tournament towards the latter stages of the year.[52] He won four ITF Pro Circuit singles titles during the year, all in England.[52] This tally included two titles in as many weeks in September, dropping just one set in ten matches.[52]

Evans was stripped of his funding by the Lawn Tennis Association at the end of the year, having seemingly failed to convince the association of his commitment to the sport.[53]

2013Edit

"I know why. It's because I don't train hard enough and don't work hard enough day in and day out. I'm obviously pretty bad at my job. It's up to me, it's not up to anyone else. I want to push on. It's not that I don't want to do it, I obviously want to do it. It's just for whatever reasons, distractions – I need to stay there and just play tennis and that's it. It's easier said than done. Thousands of people have told me to do it but I'm yet to do it for a sustained period of time. When I do do it, I obviously play pretty well. I definitely think I will be top 100, and I still think that."

Evans, on his own lack of application that has prevented him from progressing further in the sport, in April 2013.[54]

For several months, there was a possibility Evans might quit, as his parents found it difficult to support his career with the necessary £20-25,000-a-year.[55]

After not initially being picked for Great Britain's squad for the Davis Cup tie versus Russia, Evans was given a last-minute place ahead of Britain's no. 3, Jamie Baker.[54] Evans played valiantly in his first rubber against world no. 67 Dmitry Tursunov before losing 4–6 7–6(5) 4–6 7–5 4–6.[54][56] With Great Britain trailing 2–0 to Russia, the GB doubles pairing of Colin Fleming and Jonny Marray reduced the deficit a day later, before James Ward levelled the tie at 2–2 after beating Tursunov in five sets. The result meant that Evans had the chance to complete an unlikely comeback when he faced world no. 80 Evgeny Donskoy in the final rubber. Evans defeated Donskoy comprehensively in straight sets, thus securing what was described as a "famous victory".[57][58][59][60] The last time Great Britain had come from 2–0 down to win a Davis Cup tie was 83 years ago against Germany, Consequently, Great Britain won a place in the 16-team World Group play-offs in September.

After discussion with Davis Cup captain Smith, the LTA once again agreed to support Evans with a coach and conditioner. He could also practise at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton,[53] and was now able to afford to play abroad.[51] In May at his first tournament outside the UK for 12 months, Evans won a clay-court ITF tournament in Båstad, Sweden, where he beat Grzegorz Panfil in the final.[61]

Evans was then given a main-draw wildcard for the 2013 Aegon Trophy in Nottingham in June, reaching the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. In the first round, Evans was dealt a tough draw but overcame fifth seed, and world no. 92, Ryan Harrison in three sets.[62] He then defeated Australian-born Brit Brydan Klein 6–2 6–2 in the second round,[63] before losing to the eventual champion, Australian Matthew Ebden, 6–7 2–6 in the quarter-finals.[64] Shortly before Evans' victory over Klein, he was informed that he had been handed a main-draw wildcard at the Queen's Club, London, for the 2013 Aegon Championships.[63][65] He won his first-round match comfortably, beating world no. 75 Guido Pella in straight sets.[66] His fine form continued in the following round when Evans disposed of world no. 37, Finland's Jarkko Nieminen, in three sets.[67] He had been a break down at 2–4 in the final set, taking four consecutive games to record the victory.[68] It was the first time Evans had beaten a player ranked in the top 50.[67] In the third round, Evans went down to Juan Martín del Potro in straight sets.

 
Evans at the 2013 Wimbledon qualifiers

Evans received a wild card into the Wimbledon qualifiers, where he lost in the first round to Spain's Daniel Muñoz-De La Nava.

Evans reached only his second Challenger final in Vancouver, where he picked up some notable scalps along the way. He defeated top seed Evgeny Donskoy, eighth seed Olivier Rochus, and fifth seed Bobby Reynolds to set up a final clash with second seed and home favourite Vasek Pospisil, where he lost in three sets. This performance saw Evans rise to the top 200 for the first time, reaching number 194, and he also gained direct entry to the Comerica Bank Challenger. Evans completed back-to-back Challenger finals, defeating top seed Guido Pella for the second time this year along the way. In the final, he lost to American Bradley Klahn despite holding match point in the second set. This run would see Evans rise to a career-high of no. 169 and become Britain's no. 2.[69][70][71]

After coming through three rounds of qualifying Evans qualified for his first slam event in over two years at the US Open and his first outside Wimbledon. On 26 August at the US Open, he achieved his most impressive victory to date, beating 11th seed Kei Nishikori in the first round in straight sets,[72] to become one of only six British players to beat a player inside the ATP top 15 in a slam since 1990. The others were Andy Murray, Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski, Jeremy Bates and Nick Brown.[73] Evans made the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time, beating Bernard Tomic of Australia in the second round in four sets. He ultimately lost to 19th seed Tommy Robredo in the third round, however, achieved prize money of US$93,000, almost half of his entire career earnings thus far.

The 23-year-old reached a career-high ranking of 149, becoming British No 2,[69] and consequently, Evans was picked as Britain's second singles player in the Davis Cup World Group play-off against Croatia in Umag on clay. Evans lost his Friday's singles match against Croatia's No 1 Ivan Dodig, ranked 35, but Andy Murray, playing in his first Davis Cup tie for two years, won both his singles matches and the doubles with Colin Fleming.[74][75] Evans won the dead rubber to help beat Croatia 4-1, and return Great Britain to the World Group for the first time since 2008.[76]

2014Edit

Evans began the year at the 2014 Qatar Open where he came through Qualifying before losing to Ernests Gulbis in the first round. In Melbourne, Evans entered the qualifying competition of the 2014 Australian Open as the 26th seed, however, lost in the second round of qualifying to Hungarian Márton Fucsovics.

In February he entered the qualifying stages of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors as the third seed, losing in the final round of qualification to Bjorn Phau, however he received entry to the main draw as a Lucky Loser after the withdrawal of 7th seed Radek Štěpánek. Evans beat Jan Hájek and Michael Berrer in the first two rounds to make his first-ever quarterfinal at ATP World Tour level. He then stunned third seed Philipp Kohlschreiber in three sets, overcoming a ranking deficit of 120 places. In the semifinal, he lost to Tommy Haas in three tight sets. Despite this loss, he rose to a new career-high ranking of 123.[77][78]

After losing in the first round of Wimbledon, his coach, Julien Hoferlin[4] departed for his home country of Belgium, and told journalists "He [Evans] has the potential to make himself a top-60 player, but he makes no sacrifices for his sport. He doesn't understand that tennis has to be his priority. For him, it's just a brief interlude in his life."[79]

Evans had a bad knee injury at Wimbledon and missed the last three months of the year.[80]

2015: Davis Cup championEdit

At the start of this year, Evans played three events, but in March he was fined £350 for failing to turn up for the F4 Futures event on the Wirral, sparking fears about his commitment. He then disappeared for 3 months,[80] struggling with a knee injury that sent his ranking to an all-time low of 772 in May.[81][82]

In June, Evans lost in qualifying for three straight Challengers in Manchester, Surbiton and Ilkley, all on grass.[80] At Wimbledon, Evans lost his final qualifying match against Japan's Yūichi Sugita.[83] However, since May, Evans returned to some kind of form, reeling off 29 wins from 33 matches, with four Futures titles, Egypt, Frinton, Felixstowe & Nottingham,[84][85][86][87] Roehampton finalist[88] and a run to the semis of a Challenger in Vancouver,[89] where he beat Czech Radek Stepanek along the way.[81]

His ranking recovered to exactly No. 300, and the fact that Evans beat Australian Bernard Tomic in the 2013 US Open, led to his surprise recall to the Great Britain squad for the Davis Cup Semi-Final against Australia. Evans was not even among four contenders that GB team captain Leon Smith named for two singles berths just over a week previously, but was now picked ahead of the injured Kyle Edmund, who is 200 places above him in the rankings at 100, and the woefully out-of-form James Ward. Though Evans lost both his singles matches, Great Britain won 3–2 and reached the Davis Cup Final for the first time since 1978.[90][91]

On 15 November, Dan Evans, ranked 271, won the Knoxville Challenger on a hard court.[92] On the same day, Kyle Edmund won the Copa Fila Challenge title in Argentina on clay beating Argentina's Carlos Berlocq, ranked No 112 in the world and an expert on the red stuff.[93] James Ward lost in the second round of the same event, though Ward, ranked 156, had also recently won a hard court challenger tournament.[94]

With Belgium opting to stage the Davis Cup Final on an indoor clay court, Leon Smith chose to go with the British number two Edmund, now ranked 100.[95] Evans and Dominic Inglot accompanied the nominated British team of Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray, James Ward, as hitting partners. Great Britain went on to win the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936. Evans and Dominic Inglot joined the team on the winner's podium, and they all received the same Davis Cup medals.

Evans joined the rest of the Davis Cup team at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Show, where they won the 2015 Team of the Year Award.[1]

2016Edit

In January Evans entered the qualifying for the Australian Open. He advanced to the main draw of the tournament for the first time in his career where he lost comfortably to 18th seed Feliciano López, winning only five games in three sets.

At the RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas in February, Evans was beaten by Kyle Edmund[96] in the first all-British Challenger final since 2005, when Alex Bogdanovic beat Mark Hilton.[97][98]

Six weeks later, there was a second all-British final, at the Challenger Banque Nationale de Drummondville in Canada,[99] where World No 157 & British No 4, Evans defeated World no 531 & British No 17, Edward Corrie,[100] 6–3, 6–4 to claim his third ATP Challenger title.[101] Evans rose to No 125, two places short of his highest ever ranking.

Evans also reached the final of the Drummondville Doubles playing with Lloyd Glasspool. Evans played eight doubles events this year, four with Lloyd Glasspool.[102]

Evans, Kyle Edmund, Dominic Inglot, Andy Murray and Jamie Murray were named for the Davis Cup World Group 1st round match against Japan.[103] On the Wednesday before the tie, Edmund picked up a back injury during practice, so Dan Evans was chosen as the second singles player.[104] Though Evans had beaten Kei Nishikori at the 2013 US Open, he lost his Davis Cup rubber against Kei Nishikori, but Great Britain won 3-1 and progressed to the quarter-finals.[105]

Evans missed the entire clay-court season for the second year running. In April Evans played in the Santaizi ATP Challenger in Taiwan where he advanced to the final without dropping a set. In the final, he beat Russian Konstantin Kravchuk winning 3–6, 6–4, 6–4. This marked a major career milestone for Evans who by winning the title, broke the top 100 of the ATP rankings for the first time,[106] and Great Britain now had four players inside the top 100 for the first time since 1979.[107] A week later, Evans reached the final of the Busan Open Challenger in South Korea, but afterwards Evans had a poor grass-court season in the lead up to Wimbledon.

Evans' ranking allowed him to enter Wimbledon without the need for a wild card. In the first round, he faced Jan-Lennard Struff, and won 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 7–5, despite suffering an injury in the fourth set.[108] He defeated 30th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov in the second round in straight sets, 7–6(8–6),6–4, 6–1, enabling passage to a third-round match against 3rd seed and seven-time champion Roger Federer on Centre Court. However he lost in straight sets, this was only the second time Evans had reached the third round of a grand slam and his first third-round match at a grand slam since 2013.[109]

John Lloyd chose Evans to play World TeamTennis for the San Diego Aviators in August, but he pulled out with no explanation.[110] Evans was named for the Davis Cup quarter-final tie against Serbia on clay, but withdrew, citing a shoulder injury after switching to clay, and "a couple of issues at home".[111] Evans was offered a place in the Rio Olympics due to several withdrawals, but instead he continued on the Tour to improve his ranking.[112]

A day after the Davis Cup Serbia tie, Evans was in Washington for the Citi Open where he beat world no 40 Grigor Dimitrov to reach the last 16.[113] Although he eventually lost in the 3rd round against American big server Jack Sock. Following an impressive run in Washington, Evans won a 3rd challenger title of the year on 14 August in an all British final against Cameron Norrie.

At the US Open, he defeated 27th seed Alexander Zverev in 4 sets in the second round. The teenage Zverev was regarded as a future world no. 1, and Evans thought this was the best result of his career,[114] being his third victory against a top-30 opponent.[115] Evans equalled his previous best tournament performance by reaching the third round, and pushing 3rd seed and eventual champion Stan Wawrinka to 5 sets, eventually losing 6-4 3-6 7-6 (6) 6-7 (8) 2-6, after setting up a match point in the 4th set tiebreak.[116] Including Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund, Great Britain had three men in the last 32 for the first time since 1968.[114] He rose to a career-high ranking of 53.

In the US Open Doubles, Evans teamed up with Nick Kyrgios, winning two rounds, but they withdrew from the next match with both players citing injury from their singles matches.[117]

Initially, Evans, Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot were called upon for the Davis Cup semi-final against Argentina. Eventually, Inglot was dropped to give the team more singles options,[118] though Evans was a possible doubles partner for Jamie Murray because he had played seven doubles events so far this year.[119] With the tie poised at 2-2, Evans played the deciding rubber against Leonardo Mayer, winning the first set but finally losing in four sets.[120]

2017: Top 50, failed drug test, banEdit

January saw Evans beat 8th ranked Dominic Thiem at Sydney Apia International before winning the semi final to meet Gilles Müller in Evans' first ATP Tour final.[121] He was the first English born player to reach a singles final there in more than 11 years (Tim Henman being the last in 2006) but lost the match in straight sets.

The following week, Evans beat seventh-seed Marin Čilić in the second round of the Australian Open.[122] Evans progressed to the fourth round with a straight sets win over Bernard Tomic, setting up a round-of-16 tie with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (seeded 12th). While he lost the match in 4 sets, this was the furthest he had progressed in any Grand Slam event to date.

Playing in the 2017 Davis Cup World Group first round against the Canada Davis Cup team, Evans beat Denis Shapovalov before losing to Vasek Pospisil, the Great Britain Davis Cup team progressing to the quarter finals.

Evans was banned from playing professional tennis due to testing positive for cocaine in April 2017. Evans claims that he took a relatively small amount of cocaine out of competition, but that some permitted medication he was taking was then 'contaminated' by the cocaine because he accidentally put the leftover cocaine in the pocket of his washbag, thus testing positive in-competition. Evans was eligible to return to the professional circuit on 24 April 2018, having completed a one-year ban.[123]

2018: Return to tennisEdit

Evans returned from his drugs ban on 28 April 2018, having only started training again two months earlier, defeating compatriot Edward Corrie in the first round of qualifying in an ATP Challenger Tour event in Glasgow.[124] He subsequently defeated Sam Barry to qualify for the main draw of the tournament, but lost in the first round to Lucas Miedler.[125][126]

Evans was not awarded a wildcard for the 2018 Wimbledon Championships;[127] however, following victories in two pre-qualifying matches, Evans secured wildcard entry to the main qualifying event.[128]

2019Edit

Evans reached the final of the Delray Beach Open, but lost to Radu Albot in a third-set tiebreaker.[129] On 14 October 2019 he became Britain's number 1.[130]

ImageEdit

Evans has been referred to as 'the bad boy of British tennis'[116] and 'the most egregious wasted talent in British tennis'.[82] Evans has lost his LTA funding twice, because of his off-court behaviour and lack of commitment. Firstly as an 18-year-old, he went clubbing in the early hours, the night before a doubles match with Dan Smethurst at the 2008 Junior Wimbledon, which they subsequently lost. Evans was considered to have significant potential but his LTA coaches found his commitment frustratingly inconsistent over the years, so in 2012, Evans was stripped of his funding a second time.[53] Evans's reputation as someone who likes a night out and a drink has persisted, but he insists it is controlled.[131]

In 2014, sports agent Stuart Duguid, of the management company Lagardere Unlimited, said of his charge Evans, ‘British tennis fans are desperate for another top player to get behind in addition to Murray. Dan offers something a little bit different – he’s more edgy and unpredictable. He’s a bit of an enigma.’[4]

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (2 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (0–2)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jan 2017 Sydney International, Australia 250 Series Hard   Gilles Müller 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Loss 0–2 Feb 2019 Delray Beach Open, United States 250 Series Hard   Radu Albot 6–3, 3–6, 6–7(7–9)

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 39 (21–18)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (8–6)
ITF Futures (13–12)
Finals by surface
Hard (15–15)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (4–2)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Aug 2008 Great Britain F12, Wrexham Futures Hard   Ian Flanagan 4–6, 6–3, 1–0 ret.
Win 2–0 Aug 2008 Great Britain F13, London Futures Hard   Daniel Danilović 3–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–2
Win 3–0 Oct 2008 Great Britain F16, Glasgow Futures Hard (i)   Marcus Willis 6–2, 3–1 ret.
Win 4–0 Mar 2009 Jersey, Channel Islands Challenger Hard (i)   Jan Minář 6–3, 6–2
Loss 4–1 Oct 2009 Great Britain F15, Glasgow Futures Hard (i)   Yannick Mertens 0–6, 2–6
Loss 4–2 May 2010 Italy F7, Viterbo Futures Clay   Guillermo Hormazábal 7–5, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 4–3 Sep 2010 Great Britain F13, London Futures Hard   Daniel Cox 1–6, 1–6
Loss 4–4 Sep 2010 Great Britain F14, Nottingham Futures Hard   Joshua Milton 1–6, 5–7
Loss 4–5 Oct 2010 Great Britain F16, Glasgow Futures Hard (i)   Matthew Ebden 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 4–6 Oct 2010 Great Britain F17, Cardiff Futures Hard (i)   Jürgen Zopp 4–6, 5–7
Loss 4–7 Mar 2011 Great Britain F3, Tipton Futures Hard (i)   Yannick Mertens 2–6, 6–7(6–8)
Loss 4–8 Mar 2011 Great Britain F4, Bath Futures Hard (i)   Michael Ryderstedt 6–1, 6–7(6–8), 3–6
Loss 4–9 Apr 2011 Thailand F2, Khon Kaen Futures Hard   Danai Udomchoke 2–6, 4–6
Loss 4–10 Jul 2011 Great Britain F10, Frinton-on-Sea Futures Grass   Josh Goodall 3–6, 2–6
Win 5–10 Jan 2012 Great Britain F2, Sheffield Futures Hard (i)   David Rice 6–2, 6–0
Win 6–10 Aug 2012 Great Britain F13, London Futures Hard   Daniel Cox 6–2, 7–5
Win 7–10 Aug 2012 Great Britain F15, Roehampton Futures Hard   Joshua Milton 6–3, 6–1
Win 8–10 Sep 2012 Great Britain F16, Nottingham Futures Hard   Richard Bloomfield 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–2)
Win 9–10 Mar 2013 Great Britain F6, Shrewsbury Futures Hard (i)   Marcus Willis 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–1)
Loss 9–11 Mar 2013 Great Britain F7, Bath Futures Hard (i)   Edward Corrie 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Win 10–11 May 2013 Sweden F3, Båstad Futures Clay   Grzegorz Panfil 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 10–12 Aug 2013 Vancouver, Canada Challenger Hard   Vasek Pospisil 0–6, 6–1, 5–7
Loss 10–13 Aug 2013 Aptos, United States Challenger Hard   Bradley Klahn 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 4–6
Win 11–13 May 2015 Egypt F17, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard   Barış Ergüden 6–2, 6–7(3–7), 6–3
Win 12–13 Jul 2015 Great Britain F6, Frinton-on-Sea Futures Grass   Daniel Smethurst 7–6(7–4), 7–6(10–8)
Win 13–13 Jul 2015 Great Britain F7, Felixstowe Futures Grass   Daniel Cox 6–2, 6–1
Loss 13–14 Sep 2015 Great Britain F8, Roehampton Futures Hard   Quentin Halys 1–6, 7–6(7–5), 5–7
Win 14–14 Sep 2015 Great Britain F9, Nottingham Futures Hard   Daniel Cox 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–1
Win 15–14 Nov 2015 Knoxville, United States Challenger Hard (i)   Frances Tiafoe 5–7, 6–1, 6–3
Loss 15–15 Feb 2016 Dallas, United States Challenger Hard (i)   Kyle Edmund 3–6, 2–6
Win 16–15 Mar 2016 Drummondville, Canada Challenger Hard (i)   Edward Corrie 6–3, 6–4
Win 17–15 May 2016 Taipei, Taiwan Challenger Carpet (i)   Konstantin Kravchuk 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 17–16 May 2016 Busan, South Korea Challenger Hard   Konstantin Kravchuk 4–6, 4–6
Win 18–16 Aug 2016 Aptos, United States Challenger Hard   Cameron Norrie 6–3, 6–4
Loss 18–17 Jun 2018 Nottingham, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Alex de Minaur 6–7(4–7), 5–7
Win 19–17 Aug 2018 Vancouver, Canada Challenger Hard   Jason Kubler 4–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–3)
Loss 19–18 Feb 2019 Quimper, France Challenger Hard (i)   Grégoire Barrère 6–4, 2–6, 3–6
Win 20–18 Jun 2019 Surbiton, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Viktor Troicki 6–2, 6–3
Win 21–18 Jun 2019 Nottingham, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Evgeny Donskoy 7–6(7–3), 6–3

Doubles: 20 (7–13)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (0–2)
ITF Futures (7–11)
Finals by surface
Hard (6–10)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–2)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2006 Great Britain F20, Nottingham Futures Hard   Mark Hilton   Neil Bamford
  Jim May
2–6, 7–6(7–4), 0–6
Loss 0–2 Oct 2007 Great Britain F20, Glasgow Futures Hard (i)   Ladislav Chramosta   Josh Goodall
  Ken Skupski
6–7(5–7), 6–7(7–9)
Win 1–2 May 2008 Great Britain F8, Edinburgh Futures Clay   Joshua Milton   Diego Álvarez
  Federico Torresi
6–2, 6–2
Loss 1–3 Oct 2008 Spain F36, Martos Futures Hard   Daniel Cox   Kamil Čapkovič
  Dmitri Sitak
4–6, 5–2 ret.
Loss 1–4 Feb 2009 France F2, Feucherolles Futures Hard (i)   Marcus Willis   Olivier Charroin
  Nicolas Tourte
3–6, 4–6
Win 2–4 Mar 2009 Great Britain F3, Tipton Futures Hard (i)   Henri Kontinen   Scott Oudsema
  Phillip Simmonds
6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–4), [10–4]
Loss 2–5 May 2010 Italy F8, Pozzuoli Futures Clay   Laurynas Grigelis   Juan-Martín Aranguren
  Alejandro Fabbri
4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Win 3–5 Sep 2010 Great Britain F14, Nottingham Futures Hard   Lewis Burton   Sean Thornley
  Marcus Willis
7–5, 1–6, [13–11]
Win 4–5 Sep 2010 Great Britain F15, Wrexham Futures Hard   Lewis Burton   David Rice
  Sean Thornley
7–6(8–6), 6–4
Win 5–5 Oct 2010 Great Britain F16, Glasgow Futures Hard (i)   Lewis Burton   Matthew Ebden
  Joshua Milton
7–6(7–1), 3–6, [10–6]
Win 6–5 Jul 2011 Great Britain F11, Chiswick Futures Hard   Liam Broady   Lewis Burton
  Edward Corrie
7–6(7–3), 4–6, [10–7]
Loss 6–6 Oct 2011 Great Britain F16, Glasgow Futures Hard (i)   Andrew Fitzpatrick   Fabio Colangelo
  Marco Crugnola
4–6, 6–2, [13–15]
Loss 6–7 Jul 2012 Great Britain F9, Manchester Futures Grass   Tom Burn   Josh Goodall
  Marcus Willis
2–6, 6–7(3–7)
Loss 6–8 Jul 2012 Great Britain F11, Felixstowe Futures Grass   Tom Burn   Lewis Burton
  Edward Corrie
2–6, 2–6
Loss 6–9 Aug 2012 Great Britain F13, London Futures Hard   Tom Burn   Andrew Fitzpatrick
  Sean Thornley
6–7(2–7), 2–6
Loss 6–10 Feb 2013 Great Britain F3, Sheffield Futures Hard (i)   Andrew Fitzpatrick   David Rice
  Sean Thornley
2–6, 6–7(6–8)
Win 7–10 Mar 2013 Great Britain F7, Bath Futures Hard (i)   Lewis Burton   Jan Minář
  Marek Semjan
5–7, 6–1, [10–5]
Loss 7–11 Mar 2013 Great Britain F8, Sunderland Futures Hard (i)   Lewis Burton   Daniel Smethurst
  Alexander Ward
5–7, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 7–12 Mar 2016 Drummondville, Canada Challenger Hard (i)   Lloyd Glasspool   James Cerretani
  Max Schnur
6–3, 3–6, [9–11]
Loss 7–13 Sep 2018 Manacor, Spain Challenger Hard   Gerard Granollers-Pujol   Ariel Behar
  Enrique López Pérez
w/o

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Current through the 2019 Swiss Indoors.

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A Q2 A A A Q2 A 1R 4R A 2R 0 / 3 4–3
French Open A A A A A A Q1 A A 1R A 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Wimbledon A 1R Q2 1R A Q1 1R Q3 3R A Q2 3R 0 / 5 4–5
US Open A Q1 A A A 3R Q1 A 3R A A 3R 0 / 3 6–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 4–3 3–2 0–0 5–4 0 / 13 14–13
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A A A 2R A 1R 0 / 2 1–2
Miami Open A A A A Q1 A Q2 A A 1R A 2R 0 / 2 1–2
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1
Madrid Open A A A A A A A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1
Italian Open A A A A A A A A A 1R A 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Canadian Open A A A A A A A A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A A A A A Q1 0 / 0 0–0
Shanghai Masters NH A A A A A A A A A A Q2 0 / 0 0–0
Paris Masters A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–5 0–0 2–4 0 / 9 3–9
National representation
Davis Cup A Z1 Z2 A Z1 PO A W SF QF PO 1 / 3 7–14
Career statistics
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 1 1 1 2 1 2 6 0 8 10 1 18 51
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 2
Hard Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 0–3 0–0 2–3 3–2 3–3 0–2 5–7 10–6 1–0 14–13 38–41
Clay Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–6 0–0 0–2 4–9
Grass Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 2–1 1–3 0–0 4–3 0–0 0–1 4–3 11–15
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 0–3 0–3 0–2 2–3 6–4 4–6 0–2 9–10 13–12 1–1 18–18 53–65
Year-end ranking 477 261 363 342 297 150 305 183 66 133 192 45%

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
French Open A A A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Wimbledon Q1 1R A 1R A A 1R 0 / 3 0–3
US Open A A A 3R A A 2R 0 / 2 3–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–3 0 / 6 4–5
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A 2R A A 0 / 1 1–1
Career statistics
Tournaments 0 2 0 3 2 0 9 16
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 0–0 2–2 2–2 0–0 6–9 10–15
Year-end ranking 719 1280 1041 277 315 522 40%

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

Season 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Total
Wins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3
No. Player Rank Tournament Surface Rd Score Evans
Rank
2017
1.   Dominic Thiem No. 8 Sydney, Australia Hard QF 3–6, 6–4, 6–1 No. 67
2.   Marin Čilić No. 7 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 2R 3–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–3 No. 51
2019
3.   John Isner No. 9 Delray Beach, United States Hard SF 3–6, 6–2, 6–3 No. 148

Record against top 10 playersEdit

Evans' match record against players who have been ranked in the top 10. Only ATP Tour main draw and Davis Cup matches are considered.

* As of 3 October 2019

National participationEdit

Davis Cup (7–14)Edit

Group membership
World Group (2–6)
WG Play-offs (2–1)
Group I (3–5)
Group II (0–2)
Matches by surface
Hard (5–12)
Clay (2–2)
Grass (0–0)
Matches by type
Singles (7–14)
Doubles (0–0)
Matches by venue
Great Britain (4–9)
Away (3–5)
Group Rd Date Opponent nation Score Venue Surface Match Opponent player W/L Rubber score
2009
G1 2R PO Sep 2009   Poland 2–3 Liverpool Hard (i) Singles 2 Jerzy Janowicz Loss 3–6, 3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Singles 5 (decider) Michał Przysiężny Loss 2–6, 1–6, 5–7
2010
G2 1R Mar 2010   Lithuania 2–3 Vilnius Hard (i) Singles 2 Ričardas Berankis Loss 1–6, 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 3–6
Singles 5 (decider) Laurynas Grigelis Loss 7–6(8–6), 0–6, 5–7, 6–2, 4–6
2012
G1 1R Feb 2012   Slovakia 3–2 Glasgow Hard (i) Singles 1 Lukáš Lacko Win 6–3, 7–5, 7–5
Singles 5 (decider) Martin Kližan Win 6–1, 6–1, 4–6, 3–6, 6–3
2R Apr 2012   Belgium 1–4 Glasgow Hard (i) Singles 2 Olivier Rochus Loss 6–3, 4–6, 6–7(7–9), 4–6
Singles 5 (dead) Ruben Bemelmans Loss 4–6, 4–6
2013
G1 2R Apr 2013   Russia 3–2 Coventry Hard (i) Singles 1 Dmitry Tursunov Loss 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 7–5, 4–6
Singles 5 (decider) Evgeny Donskoy Win 6–4, 6–4, 6–1
WG PO Sep 2013   Croatia 4–1 Umag Clay Singles 2 Ivan Dodig Loss 3–6, 2–6, 3–6
Singles 5 (dead) Mate Pavić Win 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
2015
WG SF Sep 2015   Australia 3–2 Glasgow Hard (i) Singles 2 Bernard Tomic Loss 3–6, 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–4), 4–6
Singles 5 (dead) Thanasi Kokkinakis Loss 5–7, 4–6
2016
WG 1R Mar 2016   Japan 3–1 Birmingham Hard (i) Singles 2 Kei Nishikori Loss 3–6, 5–7, 6–7(3–7)
SF Sep 2016   Argentina 2–3 Glasgow Hard (i) Singles 5 (decider) Leonardo Mayer Loss 6–4, 3–6, 2–6, 4–6
2017
WG 1R Feb 2017   Canada 3–2 Ottawa Hard (i) Singles 1 Denis Shapovalov Win 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
Singles 4 Vasek Pospisil Loss 6–7(3–7), 4–6, 6–3, 6–7(5–7)
QF Apr 2017   France 1–4 Rouen Clay (i) Singles 2 Jérémy Chardy Loss 2–6, 3–6, 3–6
Singles 4 (dead) Julien Benneteau Win 6–1, 6–2
2018
WG PO Sep 2018   Uzbekistan 3–1 Glasgow Hard (i) Singles 1 Denis Istomin Win 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 0–6, 6–4, 7–5

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