Dan Evans Busted For Cocaine

by Staff | June 23rd, 2017, 1:50 pm

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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25 Comments for Dan Evans Busted For Cocaine

Willow Says:

Kudos to him for taking on the chin like a man, this is sad news as he was finally getting his act together and playing good tennis ….

Navdeep Says:

cAnother up n coming talent! da😥

Navdeep Says:

cAnother up n coming talent! sad😥

J-Kath Says:

Willow: Was Dan really getting his act together?
I hope he will at least quit challenging Alja Bedene and making everyone else nervous should they argue against him in relation to Bedene’s inclusion in a Davis Cup. Don’t dislike Dan – but, how stupid can you get?

J-Kath Says:


Nitesh Says:

I want to know what “sir” Andy Murray had to say in this regard.

Willow Says:

J-Kath i thought so but sadly i was wrong ….

RZ Says:

I remember reading that Dan Evans had a reputation as a bit of a party animal. Such a stupid move. As Willow said, he seemed to be getting it together in terms of his tennis. Well that’s all down the drain now with his suspension.

Giles Says:

He always seemed a bit of a twitchy kinda guy. Well, now I know why. Shame!

RZ Says:

@Nitesh – I’m sure the press will ask him to comment and I’m sure he’ll have something to say (I’m guessing it would probably be along the lines of Dan messed up and has to take whatever punishment goes with that).

BTW, why are you putting “sir” in quote marks? His knighthood is official as far as I’ve read.

J-Kath Says:


You know how Andy abhors any form of drugs (even alcohol – although he has had the odd glass of Champs) – there’s no doubt that he will be asked….he’ll respond pretty much as he did re. Maria.

J-Kath Says:

RZ: Saw your response just after I responded. Our responses are pretty similar. PS: Doubt Dan will ever play again – he’s got a 4-year ban. He did say he never took cocaine when he was playing tennis – doesn’t count with random testing.

RZ Says:

@J-Kath, he’s young enough so it all depends on how long the ban lasts (assuming he appeals the length of the ban). But I agree that a ban of 4 years means he’s done. He’s such an idiot for this!

chrisford1 Says:

It’s a recreational drug, not a PED. Just ask Johnny Mac, Borg, Safin, and Andre if it helped or hindered them. All would say hindered.
RZ – 4 years is crazy. I’m thinking the standard 1-year ban, appealable to be dropped to 6 months.

chrisford1 Says:

Hmmm. maybe longer than 1 I apologize. Hingis served a 2 year ban, but she didn’t appeal it, as I remember.
Gasquet ducked in under a year with the great story!!! of him kissing a high fashion stupormodel named ‘Pam, Pamela I think’ at a Miami party. Said his lips were tingling and sort of numb, but put it down to lots of hard kisses that were exchanged..
Had witnesses saying he was kissing a lot of women at the party. You know about those good French kissers!

BTW, Andy is full fledged Knight – but doesn’t want to be called “Sir Andy”. Maybe that is what Nitesh was getting at.

Humble Rafa Says:

What is the difference between a full fledged knight and half fledgned knight?

Full Fledged knights wear skirts.

Wog Boy Says:

Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

J-Kath Says:

Humble Rafa:

The difference is the sporn and no knickers.

Nitesh Says:

Guys I put Andy’s title within quotation because he is not the only tennis player to have been honoured with such an honour. As far as I know Novak, Federer and Nadal has also been honoured with similar titles by their respective countries, but they are never mentioned only Murray is addressed as “sir” by the press. Why is this double standard just because he is a british ?

Truth Says:

He seemed the really nervous, impulsive type. No surprise.
A lot of people have mental probs, but Dan just happens to have a drug issue.
He feels sorry he got caught and put on headline news.
While some top players used drugs, he is one that believes that since isn’t a superstar with many top wins, he doesn’t feel he has anything to lose. Probably enjoyed the nice drug money.

J-Kath Says:


I’m not a fan of the British honour system – but – it exists and there are absolutely no comparisons.

Nitesh Says:

J Kath:

Why is this superiority complex, I just don’t get it? Every country has their own way of honouring their countryman, and all should be treated with equal respect.

J-Kath Says:


Yes, every country has it’s own way of honouring their citizens but they don’t bestow titles on them.

In the past, Britain was a major trading country and it ruled a quarter of the known world. Even today it has a Commonwealth of 52 countries across all continents (which covers one-third of world population). The British royal family (headed by Queen or King) is formally head of state of all these countries.

Whoever sits on the British throne (King or Queen) bestows the honours. The Queen can award people from other nations with Honorary Titles as well.

It’s not totally a superiority complex – it has evolved through history. I see no reason why a country e.g. USA and/or others could not use the same system if they wanted.

If people across the world don’t like the British honour system they can ignore it as many of us here in the UK do. However, I don’t think it necessarily leads to treating citizens from other countries with less respect.

Best I can do, Nitesh.

RZ Says:

Nitesh, it’s not a question of bestowing equal respect. It’s a question of each country’s traditions. High honors in most other countries don’t involve the titles Sir and Dame; the UK does. (If nothing else you can think of it as a British quirk)

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