Dan Evans (tennis)
25 July 1990 |
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 248 (3 August 2009)|
|Current ranking||No. 325 (1 April 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||Q2 (2010)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2009, 2011)|
|US Open||Q1 (2009)|
|Highest ranking||No. 466 (7 February 2011)|
Daniel "Dan" Evans (born 25 July 1990, Solihull) is an English professional tennis player. He is ranked No. 6 in the UK and plays right-handed. Evans was until recently one of the highest ranked teenagers on the ATP rankings list. He made his Davis Cup debut for Great Britain in September 2009. He hails from Hall Green, Birmingham, England.
Evans started the year by reaching the quarter-finals of the boys' singles at the Australian Open, where he lost to Yuki Bhambri. He went on to win the fourth junior title of his career in Nottingham. In June, he was awarded a wildcard 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 having been photographed in the early hours of the day he later competed in a boys' double match. In addition to losing his funding, he was also denied wild cards to tournaments and access to practise centres and LTA coaching staff.
He ended the year by winning the LTA Male Junior Player of the Year award.
Evans won the singles title at AEGON Pro-Series Jersey in March, a men's €42.5k ATP Challenger Tour event. Evans was granted a wildcard into Wimbledon, and was drawn against the Russian 12th seed Nikolay Davydenko. Davydenko defeated him 6–2, 6–3, 6–3. In August, he lost in the first round of qualifying for the US Open 7–6, 7–6 to Brazilian Júlio Silva.
On 2 September, it was announced that Evans was made part of the Great Britain Davis Cup squad for the Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 relegation playoff against Poland, along with Andy Murray, Joshua Goodall, James Ward, Ross Hutchins and Ken Skupski. He played in the tie, losing 3–6, 3–6, 6–7 to Jerzy Janowicz in the second rubber, and then losing 2–6, 1–6, 5–7 to Michal Przysiezny in the deciding final match.
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. 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. He lost in the second round to Santiago Ventura.
Daniel was inspirational in Great Britain's 3–2 victory over Slovakia in the Davis Cup in February. Evans won both of his singles matches, defeating the much higher seeded players Martin Kližan and Lukas Lacko. He won four ITF Pro Circuit singles titles during the year, all of which in England.
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 number 3 Jamie Baker. Evans played valiantly in his first rubber against world number 67 Dmitry Tursunov before losing 6–4 6–7(5) 6–4 5–7 6–4. 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 number 80 Evgeny Donskoy in the final rubber. Evans defeated Donskoy comprehensively in straight sets, winning 6–4, 6–4, 6–1, consequently securing what was described as a "famous victory".
Personal life 
Singles titles 
|ATP World Tour 250 (0)|
|ATP Challenger Tour (1)|
|ITF Futures (9)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|1.||9 August 2008||Wrexham, Great Britain||Hard||Ian Flanagan||4–6, 6–3, 1–0 ret.|
|2.||16 August 2008||London, Great Britain||Hard||Daniel Danilović||3–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–2|
|3.||25 October 2008||Glasgow, Great Britain||Hard||Marcus Willis||6–2, 3–1 ret.|
|4.||29 March 2009||Jersey, Great Britain||Hard||Jan Minář||6–3, 6–2|
|5.||21 January 2012||Sheffield, Great Britain||Hard||David Rice||6-2, 6-0|
|6.||11 August 2012||London, Great Britain||Hard||Daniel Cox||6-2, 7-5|
|7.||8 September 2012||London, Great Britain||Hard||Joshua Milton||6-3, 6-1|
|8.||16 September 2012||Nottingham, Great Britain||Hard||Richard Bloomfield||7-6(7–4), 7-6(7–2)|
|9.||10 March 2013||Shrewsbury, Great Britain||Hard||Marcus Willis||7-6(7–3), 7-6(7–1)|
|10.||18 May 2013||Bastad, Sweden||Clay||Grzegorz Panfil||6-4, 7-6(7–4)|
Singles performance 
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
- Mike Dickson (2009-03-30). "Good Evans! Britain has another tennis winner". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 2009-09-20.
- "All players – Great Britain". ATP World Tour. 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
- Brian Dick (2009-06-23). "Hall Green 19-year-old Dan Evans in Wimbledon debut as wild card". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 2009-09-20.
- Neil Harman (2006-03-09). "Rising star Evans has friends in high places". The Times. Retrieved 2009-09-20.
- "Birmingham player gets wildcard". BBC Sport. 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
- "Evans misses out on junior semis". BBC Sport. 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
- Neil Harman (2008-07-14). "Dan Evans counting cost of his exploits". The Times. Retrieved 2009-09-20.
- "British Tennis Player Awards 2008". The LTA. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2009-09-20.
- "Fleming aims for ranking boost". BBC Sport. 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
- Brian Dick (2009-06-21). "Wimbledon wild card inspires reformed bad boy Dan Evans". The Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 2009-09-20.
- "Wimbledon day two as it happened". BBC Sport. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
- "Robson creates shock at US Open". BBC Sport. 2009-08-26. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
- "Murray named in GB Davis Cup side". BBC Sport. 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
- "Murray wins opener in Davis Cup". BBC Sport. 2009-09-18. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
- "Nieminen cruises into last eight". BBC Sport. 2009-11-12. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
- "Britain's Dan Evans knocked out of Heineken Open". BBC Sport. 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- "Alex Bogdanovic, James Ward & Dan Evans win qualifiers". BBC Sport. 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- "Evans stars in GB triumph". Skysports. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
- "Dan Evans – ITF". ITF Pro Circuit. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- "Davis Cup: Russia take 2–0 lead over Great Britain". BBC Sport. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- "Davis Cup, Great Britain 0–2 Russia: Dan Evans and James Ward fall short on day one". Sky Sports. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- "Davis Cup 2013: Great Britain shock Russia in Coventry". BBC Sport. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- "Great Britain come from 2-0 down to beat Russia 3-2 in Davis Cup tie to earn World Group play-off". The Telegraph. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- "Great Britain through to World Group play-offs". ESPN. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- Dan Evans (tennis) at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Dan Evans (tennis) at the International Tennis Federation
- LTA profile