Briton No.3, Dan Evans, has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently; testing positive for cocaine and facing the prospect of a four-year ban.
The 27-year-old failed a test from April, and found out his fate earlier this week. A popular figure amongst the British team, and a member of the Davis Cup victory, Evans’ teammates appear fully supportive for the period he’s going though:
“No-one loves tennis more than Evo [Dan Evans] does and this will hurt him. I hope he’s ok, to be honest. My only concern is about Dan. He’s a friend.”
— Liam Broady, fellow British tennis player
However, not so sympathetic are the sponsors of Evans. For a player that has already had a turbulent time finding sponsorship – Nike ended their contract at the end of 2016, meaning Evans had to provide his own kit for the 2017 Australian Open – his current sponsor, Ellesse, have now cancelled their contract with the Briton.
In what is not a great surprise following the obvious frowned upon link between a commercial company and a class A drug; Evans looks set for an anxious few months as he awaits his ban from the International Tennis Federation.
Ironically, Evans best performing Grand Slam was when brought his own clothes at the Australian Open; reaching the fourth round, and beating seventh-seed, Marin Čilić, along the way.
In what is a wasted talent, we’re sure British tennis fans will be hoping Evans can bounce back in the game after his expected lengthy ban.