Britain's Evans to Come Back Glasgow after doping ban

Britain's Evans to Come Back Glasgow after doping ban

Britain's Dan Evans is set to make his comeback after a one-year drugs ban at the Glasgow Trophy ATP Challenger event later this month.

The British tennis ace will compete at the end of April in qualifying for the event at Scotstoun Leisure Centre upon his return to the sport, having tested positive for cocaine in Barcelona previous year.

Evans was handed a relatively lenient sentence by the International Tennis Federation after it accepted "inadvertent contamination" was to blame for his positive test.

"I want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this hard period", said Evans, down to 422 in the rankings.

"I have learned a lot about myself in my own time off from the match, a sport I love much".

Evans, who has a career-high ranking of 41, has slipped to 994th in the singles rankings.

'If there is a lesson to be learned here it's that it is every athlete's responsibility for what they put into their bodies'.

The LTA confirmed the decision to award Evans an opportunity of an immediate return to the sport was made after the 27-year-old had passed "agreed checks".

"Dan has reflected on his experience over the past year, and has begun to support the development of the LTA's anti-doping education materials to help emerging young players avoid similar mistakes".

The tournament runs between April 28 and May 6.