Published: Thu, October 05, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Evans given one-year ban

Evans given one-year ban

Evans was quick to apologise to his fans after the positive sample, but the International Tennis Federation have chose to reduce the ban from a potential four-years to 12 months.

Pascal Kintz, who is working as an expert with Evans, said that since the amount of cocaine was very small (1-3 mg), the ingestion must have taken place no more than 24 hours prior to provision of the sample.

The International Tennis Federation accepted on Tuesday that "inadvertent contamination" was responsible for the British player's positive test at the Barcelona Open in April. The 27-year-old's ban has been backdated and he will be eligible to play again on April 24 next year. He said that the "leftover" cocaine had accidentally mixed with permitted medication in the "same pocket of his washbag".

Now ranked 108, Davis issued a brief statement through his agent in response to the ban, saying: "Following the announcement made from the ITF, I want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this hard period". Mr. Evans promptly admitted his violation.

Richard Gasquet was given a 12 month ban for taking cocaine in 2009, lifted after two and a half months when the ITF accepted he had taken it by mistake by kissing a woman.

After a couple of lean years in which he had slipped as low as 772 in the rankings, Evans had started 2017 by reaching the last 16 of the Australian Open - his best performance in a major - and he was looking forward to competing at the Wimbledon championships, where in 2016 he had lost to Roger Federer in the third round. He also helped Britain win the Davis Cup in 2015 and was ranked a career-high 41 in the world earlier this year. In the past, Evans has had his funding stripped twice by the Lawn Tennis Association for attitude and behaviour problems.

Although the ban is as light as it could have been, being out for 12 months means Evans will lose his ranking, which now stands at 108 but had risen as high as 41 in March.

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