Controversy has rocked British tennis after it was confirmed Dan Evans will serve a one-year suspension as a result of testing positive for cocaine at this year’s Barcelona Open.
BBC Sport reported the British No. 4 won’t be away from the sport for that long, however, as the suspension is back-dated to begin from when his sample was submitted in Barcelona on April 24.
That means Evans can look forward to targeting a return to tennis in April 2018 and he’ll only be sidelined for seven months as opposed to 12.
The 27-year-old said: “I am determined to return to the sport I love. I want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this difficult period.”
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) confirmed Evans’ drug ban was reduced from four years to just one because cocaine isn’t a performance-enhancing substance.
Evans’ excuse for the cocaine being present in his system was that some “leftover” substance had mixed with medication in his wash bag.
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