The ITF announced today that Dan Evans was found to have cocaine in his system on April 24th test during the Barcelona event.
Per the ITF, the “sample was analyzed by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada, and was found to contain cocaine and its metabolite. Cocaine is a Non-Specified substance prohibited under category S6 of the 2017 WADA Prohibited List (stimulants), and therefore is also prohibited under the TADP.”
The 27-year-old Evans, who just played the Surbiton Challenger earlier this month, has been provisionally suspended as of June 26 and will now await the full outcome of his case.
In a press conference earlier today, Evans took full responsibility.
“I made a mistake and I must face up to it,” he said.
“It’s really important you know this was taken out of competition and in a context completely unrelated to tennis,” he added.
“I do not condone for one second to anyone that this is acceptable behavior.
“I have let a lot of people down. My family, my coach, my team, sponsors, British Tennis and my fans. I can only deeply apologize from the bottom of my heart.
“This has been a sad and humbling experience.”
The British No. 3 Evans is ranked 50. And he could miss up to four years maximum.
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