LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s former top-50 player Dan Evans was left off Wimbledon’s wildcard list yesterday following his recent return from a one-year ban for cocaine use.
Evans, who had tested positive for cocaine at the Barcelona Open, was not even handed a wildcard into next week’s qualifying tournament held at Roehampton.
The 28-year-old could still end up in the main draw although he would have to go through pre-qualifying.
Evans has shown good form since his return and reached the final of the Nottingham Challenger last week. He was given a wildcard into Queen’s Club but lost in the first round.
Andy Murray was asked on Tuesday whether he thought his Evans should be given a wildcard into the grasscourt Grand Slam.
“It’s a difficult one. He’s obviously played extremely well the last few weeks in terms of his level and stuff. He deserves it,” Murray said. “Whether or not it’s the right message to be sending, I don’t know, but then some would say he’s obviously served his time and should be given a second chance.”